Ernie specializes in “custom home building” and has an unlimited residential General Contractors License. He is a member of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders of the US. Ernie served as President of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association in 2006 and was also voted “Builder of the Year” by the Brunswick County Home Builders Association in 2006. He served on Board of Directors for the Brunswick County Home Builders Association from 2008-2009. More recently, Ernie was voted #1 Builder in Brunswick County in the “2010 Best of Brunswick” Reader’s Choice Award by the Brunswick Beacon, as well as winning the same award every year from 2008-2014.
Our company builds within a ten-mile radius of our Ocean Isle Beach office. This area includes the golf course communities of Ocean Ridge Plantation, Sea Trail Plantation, and Brunswick Plantation, as well as Ocean Isle Beach and the Intercostal Waterway. Having jobsites within a small area allows Ernie to be on any jobsite within ten minutes. It is a rare occasion to come into our office and see Ernie sitting behind his desk. He is typically on the jobsite about 95% of the time. But that is not to say that he’s hard to reach. We, and all of our subcontractors, are in constant contact with each other.
We have a “Preferred Vendors List” (with local vendors) for supplying materials for our jobsites. These local vendors go out of their way to make building a new home a pleasurable experience for our homeowners. So many of our homeowners are from other areas and many are actually building their dream home over a long distance. Our vendors and subcontractors do everything they can to make this as easy as possible. Our electricians, plumbers, HVAC installers, framers, roofers, masons and painters have been working with Crews Construction since the business was started in 1991. By using the same subs on a continuous basis, Ernie has created a long-standing working relationship between himself and the subcontractors. He takes great pride in ensuring each job is well done. If a problem does arise, you don’t have to worry about who is going to take care of it, as Ernie handles this personally.
Richard LaChance, originally from Boston, has been project supervisor with our company since May 2002. Rich is a “jack-of-all-trades” and had several years of experience in remodeling prior to relocating to this area with his family. Richard works diligently with our subcontractors throughout the construction process. Ken French handles our “punch list” items at the end of construction and can be found on the jobsites doing whatever it takes to make our clients happy homeowners.
Cathy C. Brown, construction coordinator/office manager, usually can be reached at the office. Cathy works as a liaison between the homeowners, vendors, subs and contractor during the construction process. If a question arises, she has constant communication between the homeowner and everyone involved in the construction of their home. She is also available to help the homeowner with making decisions on flooring, cabinets, lighting and other selections needed for their new home.
Ernie’s profession is building high-quality custom homes, but his passion is creating happy homeowners. He is a firm believer in “word-of-mouth” advertising. Prior to building a home, Ernie provides a list of previous clients, bankers and business references to the prospective homeowner and encourages them to contact the people on the lists. As Ted and Crystal Horwitz, two of our homeowners, put it “We had a superb experience. The thing that struck me about Ernie is his integrity. He pays his bills promptly. He’s always on top of his subs. He gave us a list of homeowners. We could have called any of them and we did call a few. We have a standing offer for Ernie to show our home. We have what we think is a beautiful home, and Ernie did a lot of little extra things to make it special. We are proud of it.”
Our “professional team” -Ernie, Rich, Ken and Cathy- does their very best to make your building experience as pleasurable as possible.
We can also help our clients when relocating to our area, whether they need a rental for several months or accommodations for a week. Please contact us for more details on available rentals.
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