Ihle Construction, Inc.

From concept to creation, committed to superior quality and results.


"When we were planning to build a house on Ocracoke, we interviewed three builders and toured homes built by each one.  Our choice of Larry Ihle was not even a close call.  The craftsmanship of the homes he built was clearly superior-even to our untrained eyes.  Experts agree.  Contractors who have rented our home have raved about the high quality work in our guest book.

The entire experience was positive.  The house was done early, and on budget.

As the construction progressed, Larry recommended a handful of simple design changes that improved the house immensely.  He also talked us out of some poor choices we would have made.  For example, when we wanted to put a pine floor in the great room-identical to the floor in a brand new house we had rented the summer before-he told us it would not wear well and would look terrible in a couple of years.  He talked us into oak instead.  Four years later, we visited the house with the pine floor.  Larry was right.  It looked awful. while our oak floor has held up beautifully-despite the house being rented out over the years.

We live 800 miles from Ocracoke, so to build a house there, we needed someone like Larry who sweat every detail and provided regular, accurate updates and advice.

Larry is professional, reliable, honest and kind-hearted.  We know there is no better builder."

Bob Hust and Sandy Theis

"Following years of thought and planning, in 2002 we chose Ihle Construction to build our dream second home on our next-to-heaven island of Ocracoke.  Larry worked very closely with us in order to assure us that we would receive exactly what we intended for him to construct.  He never disappointed us and completed a very high quality product in a most timely manner.  The materials, labor and subs were all top-end and we would certainly want him to build us another home in the future should that ever be in our plans."

Ann and Dorsey Hawkins

"Choosing Larry Ihle as the builder of my Ocracoke Island getaway was one of the best decisions I've ever made.  From the beginning he was attentive and easy to work with, but also very detail oriented.  Building a home long distance was made a pleasant experience and the outcome could not have been better.  It's a cut above.

Larry builds quality and takes great pride in his work and it shows.  The house had gone through several hurricanes since it was finished in 2002 including Isabelle and has yet to lose a shingle.  This fall I am contemplating a small remodeling project on my home and would not think of looking for anyone but Larry Ihle to do the work.

I can only give my highest recommendations for Larry and his company."

Mette Tomkins

"After having many people recommend Larry Ihle as a builder, we chose Ihle Construction to build our rental house on Ocracoke Island.  We were working with a 1031 tax exchange which had time limits to have the house completed.  Larry met all the deadlines before they were even due.  We lived over 10 hours away, and Larry stayed in constant touch with us.  His attention to the details, top quality materials, and sound advice gave us peace of mind that one would not normally have.   The house has weathered many storms with no damage, including Hurricane Isabelle and a tornado across the street!  We moved into our home a few years back, and have been very pleased with the way the house had held up over the years.  If ever I need to make additions or build a new house, I would definitely call Ihle Construction.  I highly recommend him to anyone planning to build."

Sidra Seitz

"My wife and I are the owners of 'Anticipation' located at the end of British Cemetery Road in Ocracoke, North Carolina.  We knew when we bought the property that we wanted Larry to build the house (in 1991 he had built a house for us on Ocean View Dr. in Ocracoke).  Anticipation was a much bigger venture, therefore having larger problems to solve.  We had already advertised our house for seasonal rental therefore we had a deadline to meet in order to be ready.  The majority of communication between Larry and I was by telephone.  Any time he had a question or felt I should be made aware of something, he would call.  He also updated me frequently about the progress of the construction.  Never once did I have to call him about what point we were at, or was the house going to be finished on time.
The house was finished on time leaving us a couple of weeks before the season to decorate.
When we first walked in the house after completion we were amazed, it was beautiful and the craftsmanship was fantastic.  It was everything we asked for and more.
My personal opinion about Ihle Construction and Larry Ihle is that you won't find a better contractor.  He's honest and forthright, he will give you his opinion, but let you make the decisions."

Tom Garland
Mr. Garland is willing to talk more about his experience with Ihle Construction by phone, please contact Ihle Construction, Inc.  for more information.

"We've been so pleased that we chose Larry Ihle to build our Ocracoke vacation home in 1993.  After meeting Larry we felt confident that he'd do the job to our satisfaction, and he never let us down.  Throughout the construction process he telephoned regularly with progress reports and called promptly any time a decision was required.  When there were choices to be made, Larry offered several options, explained the pros and cons of each, and gave us his recommendation.  His advice was excellent every time.  Paperwork required by the bank for construction account withdrawals was filed promptly and efficiently.  We made just one trip to the island during construction to select cabinets and flooring and do a walk through once the house was under roof.  The quality of construction is superb, and we love our house.  Thank you, Larry!"

Mike and Carol Self
Beavercreek, OH

"I have been in real estate for 20 years on Ocracoke. During this time, I have recommended several of my sale clients to Larry Ihle for the construction of their dream home. Larry has always delivered a product that has surpassed their expectations; in fact, many have asked Larry to build their second Ocracoke home.
Larry Ihle also built a home for my family in 1995. We are as delighted with our new home now as we were in 1995, this is after 14 years of solid rentals!
Each relationship with Larry Ihle starts out as a business deal but ends as a friendship......"

Martha K. Garrish
Ocracoke Island Realty

"My uncle was born on Ocracoke.  His name was Lawton Howard.  I was lucky and bought land many years ago.  When it came time to have a house built, I was told about Larry and checked out his work.  I saw that he was a craftsman and very committed to doing a good job.  Local knowledge is one of the most important things to have when getting a job done on time, and with the proper material.  Larry did a great job building my house.  I was not living on the island at the time, but I did visit several times.  The house was completely finished on the agreed date, and every detail was done.  My wife and I lived in the house for almost 14 years before moving to Florida.   Our house, 'Ibis Landing' is now rented weekly in the summer, and is holding up great."

Edwin Webster, Jr.