Standing Strong Through the Storm

Building in Flood Zones, Client Reviews

Hurricane Florence had a devastating effect on our area, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost so much during this storm. Occasional weather events are part of the package when living on the beautiful North Carolina coast. Florence was unusually powerful, even for this area, and a lot of homeowners were rightfully concerned about their property. We wanted to share a story with you from one of our clients who gives a firsthand account of what it was like to evacuate his Bass Built home, not sure what he would see upon returning…

Bass Built Homes built our main level back in 2013. (We built the main level elevated on posts with it open underneath except for a small storage unit.) We let Bryant Bass know our long-term plans of wanting to build out underneath our main level at some point in the future. This required us to bring in fill dirt so the lower level would be above the flood plain so we could obtain an elevation certificate. In 2016 we followed through and added on to our finished living space and also added a two stall garage.

We had been through a couple of weaker hurricanes and tropical storms and had no issues at the house. However, hurricane Florence was a different level of hurricane altogether. We were under a mandatory evacuation order and we evacuated on 9/11/18 when Florence was still a Category 4 storm. Backing out of that driveway and looking at our house for perhaps the last time was a feeling that I hope I don’t ever have to experience again. It was an overwhelming feeling. We stayed with good friends in Raleigh for the next 8 days.

We were both lucky and fortunate that our house was built so well by Bass Built Homes. We were lucky since the storm dropped from a category 4 to a 2 and that when the strongest part of the storm went over us, we were on the southern side of the storm. We drove home on Wednesday, 9/19/18. During our drive home, we saw so much devastation. We arrived home to find our home completely intact with no visual damage whatsoever. Upon further inspection, we had no water leaks and didn’t even lose a shingle. So many homes had different levels of damage depending on their location and proximity to the ocean and trees. The only damage we sustained was to the door on our fence which can be easily replaced.

We are so thankful and consider ourselves both lucky and fortunate to have chosen Bass Built as our home builder. Our home experienced a true test of the quality of the construction from both a structural standpoint and also being water tight since the wind was driving the rain at upwards of 90 mph. I do highly recommend impact resistant windows since we did not have to put up plywood over our windows. This gave us the time we needed to focus on packing our most important belongings for the evacuation instead of having to buy plywood and then wrestle with putting those heavy pieces up over the windows.

So, in conclusion, we highly recommend Bass Built Homes since they build a high quality home and are a stickler for details to assure your home can withstand Mother Nature.

-Gregory Bell

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The Five Most Important Elements to Consider When Planning Your Custom Beach House

Client Tools & Involvement, Land, Lots & Soil, Planning to Build

For more than 20 years, Bass Built Custom Homes and Renovations has created gorgeous, customized beach homes in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and the Wilmington area. We partner with you to find the best place between your budget and your vision, whether it’s a modest weekend retreat or luxury, oceanfront beach home. Our in-house designer works to complement your lifestyle- whether you need outdoor living space, storage for your kayaks and paddleboards, a home that fits multiple generations comfortably, and so on.

We’ve put together a thoughtful list to consider when planning to build your custom beach house, and here are our top five considerations for the best outcome:

1. Location

While the view may be one of the main considerations when selecting your location, there are several other factors that you should consider, such as:

• Flood zones & wind exposure
• Town/city requirements (for the depth of pilings, adding a pool, etc.)
• CAMA requirements (Coastal Area Management Act)

If you’re considering purchasing a lot, we will be happy to take a look and help guide you to getting the most value out of your home from the ground up. We’ll also help you navigate permits, coastal management regulations, HOAs, and town ordinances.

2. Energy efficiency

Regardless of exact location, the summer sun will find your beach home! Whether 1,500 square feet to 4,000 square feet, we will work to provide options for efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible heating and cooling options. An energy efficient design is critical to both reducing your power bill and the comfort level of your home. When most people think energy conservation in construction, they envision solar panels and geothermal HVAC. In addition, Bass Built offers:

• Envelope Insulation Systems
• Advanced Henry Blueskin® house wrap.
• Impact glass and frames for windows and doors (higher solar coefficient)
• Custom, proper-sized HVAC systems with a high SEER rating
• High-tech, energy efficient appliances
• Enhanced energy caulking/sealing

We are proud green home builders, meaning our homes meet ENERGY STAR requirements. As a result, they are 20 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.

3. Design that complements your lifestyle

Living at the beach already adds some practical things to consider when planning your home such as the sand (outdoor shower, please!), the saltwater (what materials will last?), and strong winds (avoid major uplift designs unless properly engineered). However, a custom-designed home should also fit your lifestyle and your individual needs.

For example, on the North Carolina coast you will find yourself outside about ten months out of the year. Perhaps you want to add an outdoor kitchen area, a fire pit, or a pool. If you work from home, an office designed with natural light will make the work day more pleasant. We find that kitchens vary from large, Chef’s Kitchens to more modest layouts with a breakfast nook (all designs should consider the famous kitchen work triangle rule).

Whatever your lifestyle, it’s important to consider all aspects when deciding on design elements, finishes, and materials. Our team is here to assist with all of your major details and fine decisions. We help you customize your home with comfort and functionality in mind to address practical needs.

4. Future use

Another aspect to include when planning your custom beach house is the future of your family structure, be it aging parents or accommodations for visiting grandchildren. Installing an elevator may be something for you to consider.

If you have children, perhaps they will inherit your house, and in turn, pass it on to your grandchildren. Your home’s appeal should transcend generations. Planning for the future can save you unnecessary costs and give you piece of mind. We make building decisions that will affect your home 30, 40 or even 50 years from now.

Whether this is your dream home, a rental, or your future retirement locale, you’ll want it to last a lifetime. Selecting quality, materials for your structural components, and durable finishes to shield from the elements, will be a vital part of the longevity of your home.

5. Working with a builder that makes you an active participant in the process

When planning your custom built beach house be sure to select a builder that puts you and your dream at the heart of the project. Finding a builder with the knowledge and expertise to help guide you through the process from start to finish and educate you along the way is important to building a home that will last a lifetime.

At Bass Built Custom Homes and Renovations, we are your main source of communication on all aspects of your project. We serve as the go-between with architects, engineers and HOAs. We want to educate you on why we choose specific brands and materials, and coordinate for you to see and feel different counter stones, fixtures, color palettes and so much more during the selection process, so that you are at the center of your project.

Whether you are local or long distance, we’ve gone a step further. We utilize Buildertrend™ project management software that allows you to log in to your customized profile and access you project, review selections, and observe construction progress in real time, from the comfort of your couch.

See what makes Bass Built Custom Homes & Renovations different

Some of the biggest complaints about custom home building are the unexpected surprises in cost or scope. Bass Built has a different philosophy. We don’t believe you should have to deal with the confusion and headache of multiple vendors and numerous points of contact. We believe that you should be able to take an active role in the step-by-step value creation of your home. With Bass Built, you’re not just a customer; you’re a valued member of our team.

Not sure where to begin? Contact us. We’d love to meet you and take this journey with you.



Bass Built Custom Homes and Renovations is a custom home builder specializing in the construction of luxury homes and beach houses. We offer new home construction and home renovations in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wilmington, North Carolina. We have been crafting beautiful and functional homes that withstand the tests of time for decades.

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