For over 35 years, Larry Ihle has been building custom homes and commercial projects on Ocracoke Island. From concept to creation, committed to superior quaility and results.
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.
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. Contrators 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.
After having many people recommend Larry Ihle as a builder we choose 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 damages 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 has 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.