I cannot speak more highly of my experience of having Ihle Construction do the renovation job on our Ocracoke Island home. Not only did the remodel exceed my expectations in beauty and quality, I felt like I was right there on the job site....I was 100% aware of what was being done and when. Every time I called, texted, or emailed Larry, he responded within minutes. I can't tell you how much that means when you are taking on such a big endeavor living 7 hours away. We will be building a garage on the property within the next year and I will only call on person to do that job for me. I could not ask for more. Thank you Larry for such a smooth and absolutely wonderful job. All I can say is my husband and I are 100% pleased with everything. I am willing to give anyone a personal testimony that would like to talk with me.
A completely satisfied customer.
Jennifer Hargrove, Fredricksburg, VA
Choosing Larry Ihle as the builder for our dream vacation home in Ocracoke was the single best decision I made in the entire building process. I was fortunate to find Larry before I had even secured a lot on which to build. Larry was literally with me from the beginning -- offering sound advice on everything from my lot choice to the house design -- all before I had even entered into a contract to use him as my builder.
Larry is a rare find. He is someone perfectly suited to what he does. I think of him as a pragmatic artisan. He clearly loves what he does and takes pride in his work but will only give his aesthetic opinion when asked and strives to build to the owner's vision, not his own. That said, Larry also gently persuaded me to reconsider in those areas where he truly thought from his experience that I was making a mistake and for that I am grateful. I learned through the building process that what you need most in a builder is someone who is trustworthy and with whom you can easily communicate. You want someone who would never make false promises nor only tell you things that you want to hear. Larry had no hidden expenses. He met all his deadlines. He remembered the smallest of details while never losing sight of the big picture. The house cost what we agreed it would cost and it was finished on time.
Building a house is a team effort and the people with whom Larry works were some of the kindest and most competent people I have ever encountered. Larry has mutually respectful relationships with his vendors and subcontractors. He does not choose to work with people if he does not have full confidence in their work.
This was the first home I ever built and I did it from long distance. Those facts made finding someone as trustworthy as Larry especially important. Larry held my hand through the process when necessary but was never patronizing and always respectful. I can't imagine ever building a house without Larry.
I should also add, that the house that Larry built for me is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.
Raina Brubaker, Bethesda, MD