2020, A Quick Year in Review by Sonya Henry

2020 started off fairly normal, #teamPBC competed in the Southern Tour Ultra trail race, took some family vacations, actually used the conference room, went to the movies, looked forward to the annual company trip to Charleston, got haircuts from licensed professionals, met with clients in person, had date-nights out on the town, and then…COVID. In late March, the world nearly stopped and North Carolina entered a statewide lockdown. We were fortunate enough to be considered an essential business as we followed stringent guidelines and adjusted protocol for the safety and well-being of everyone. The pandemic has changed many things for many people, but we remain grateful for our resilient team, wonderful clients, and the ability to “keep on keepin’ on”.

In 2020:

#teamPBC completed 48 new homes AND 11 custom birdhouzzes. Finished and sold out our Indie Ice project, welcoming 20 new families to downtown. Jarvis made a sanitizer necklace, patent is pending. #nextgenerationPBC spent most of their time getting the best education of their lives… #homeschool😉. Their new hobby developments include baking, microwave installation, jobsite clean-up, online shopping, learning to fly, and papier-mâché. We welcomed new #happyhomeowers to 426 Causeway and in turn, had the busiest year to date for PBC new construction at Wrightsville Beach. Almost lost Craig to a shop-vac incident. Bought Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church and began renovation of the fellowship hall to home our new office. Dave went from 3 shots of espresso to 2 shots in his morning mocha latte AND nearly cut his thumb off, still unsure if the two are related. Finished The Pearls apartment buildings but not before turning it into quite the “family project”. Kyle spent another year nearly driving Tim Frank into his second retirement. We added new team members. Kyle began Dave’s own tool collection so that he wouldn’t have to keep stealing Kathy’s. Successfully rezoned 3 out of 4 of our future projects. Kyle claims that Dave continues to baffle even himself with his own shenanigans. Finished the Kids Making It renovation, love watching them THRIVE in their brand-new space. Re-homed a Beaver from our Switchyard site, a real party animal that was trashing the place. Angela put together wellness bags for all, including a roll of TP and some PBC #freakersocks. We did not take the team to Charleston. No one (ahem, Dave) went to Omaha for the annual Berkshire Hathaway Meeting. We’ve heard zero live music. We skipped our annual holiday party. Daniel had a pet caterpillar for the majority of the year. New hobbies developed, colleges were applied to, essential oils were ordered, trips were cancelled, kids were brought to work, birthdays were weird, we grew facial hair, hosted our first FB Live event, got new #PBCswag, gave quarantine haircuts, ordered more things online than we thought was possible, AND had our very own dumpster fire!

Grateful to be here. Looking forward to a new year. And can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for all of you.

Dumpster fire belongs to John Jarvis.  PBC does not sponsor or endorse leaving a dumpster in your driveway near your house and placing anything remotely flammable inside.

Luckily, the fire was immediately extinguished by the heroes at the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department and some quick thinking neighbors.

Jarvis got a new window and some siding.  His dumpster privileges have been revoked. 

Infill Development Podcast with Dave

Our friends Jim Kittridge + Kevin Brown, hosts of the Who Knows Real Estate podcast invited Dave for a discussion of all things multifamily.

In this episode, Dave discusses his experience of infill development, its relative pros and cons and divulges some tips on how to succeed in the multifamily sector, all from his unique story telling perspective.

(Hi-fives to the Who Knows Real Estate editing department because they probably started with 5 solid hours of Dave talking!)

Listen online or available on your favorite podcast player app!

Nest Realty’s latest “Artisan’s Corner” features PBC

Our friends at Nest Realty in Wilmington profiled PBC in their monthly feature, “Artisan’s Corner.”

Tom Seabrook takes a deep dive with Dave Spetrino, asking the big questions about the building process. Below is one of my all-time favorite answers because it accurately sums up the PBC Team.

NR: What is your proudest accomplishment as a builder?
DS: After 20-plus years, there are dozens (hundreds) of meaningful accomplishments, but I would say two things really stand out. First, I am surrounded by the very best in the industry when it comes to talent, willingness to improve, and genuine interest in doing great work. It’s one of the few businesses where you still work with your hands and, at the end of the day, you can take a step back, look at what you’ve created, and bask in the feeling of a job well done. More importantly, we’re well respected by our peers and the local industry that works hard at their craft, too—and they appreciate that same hard work in others. That endorsement from other professionals is the real accomplishment.

To read the rest of the article Click HERE to go to Nest Realty

Join Casey, Dave, Kyle + Sonya for a Happy Hour House Tour on Facebook LIVE

These are a blast to make and we have had many requests to do more!  Enjoy this trip through RiverView Townes LIVE on our Facebook page! Casey and Dave point out the finer details, Kyle mans the camera and Sonya reads out viewer questions.  Informative and entertaining fun for all!

Posted by PBC Design + Build on Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Welcome, Kelsey Talis

Wilmington, North Carolina – PBC Design + Build welcomes Kelsey Talis, Allied ASID to Interior Design Team.

Multi-talented, eminently creative, and nationally published, Talis is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers with over eight years of experience in the New York, Philadelphia, South Florida, and North Carolina areas.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture + Design from the dually accredited program at Drexel University.

Motivated by her love of design and her ability to coordinate, oversee, and complete high-caliber projects, Talis is a valuable addition to PBC Design + Build.  Talis will work closely with custom home clients as well as all members of the PBC team. The design + build firm, as a whole, looks forward to watching her vast knowledge and creative touch come to life in all of their custom homes.

PBC Design + Build is an award winning full service firm specializing in custom homes throughout the Wilmington regional area.  Celebrating 22 years in business, PBC is a group of highly qualified individuals with wide-ranging talents, relevant expertise and a steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction.  For more information, visit our website at www.pbcdesignbuild.com or email:  [email protected]

Houzz TV Features the PBC Birdhouse Battle

Houzz TV features a special on our Birdhouse Battle, which includes a vote by the Houzz Community!  Who do you think wins?  For a special behind the scenes of the individual entries, please make sure to visit the PBC YouTube channel!


Join Dave for a Happy Hour House Tour on Facebook LIVE

Who doesn’t love a house tour?  Walk with Dave through the Thom’s Creek River House LIVE on our Facebook page! He includes valuable insights on the PBC building and design process with some very special guests.  We had a lot of fun filming this and truly enjoyed the rolling commentary from our viewers.

Houzz TV gets a PBC Covid-19 update from Dave

Houzz TV checks in with Dave for an update on all things PBC related…including a special birdhouse project!

PBC Implements Covid-19 Response

2020 can kick rocks.

This year is shaping up to be one for the record books!  During this difficult time, everyone on the planet has had to make an adjustment to #quarantinelife and figure out #socialdistancing protocols.  North Carolina entered a statewide lockdown in late March, with strict conditions for “essential businesses.”  The construction industry is considered an essential business but stringent guidelines were put in place for the safety and well-being of everyone, not just the people who continue to work.

Great leadership is key to moving forward!

Our CEO, president, fearless leader + all-around great guy Kyle Henry implemented a comprehensive outline for PBC as we navigated these uncharted waters.  Immediately, the team started working remotely and delegating tasks which involved contacting all subcontractors, vendors and clients.  Kyle put into place a checklist for the Project Managers that targeted keeping all job sites safe, sanitary and organized.  Our PMs are the best of the best;  it should be no surprise that they crafted “sanitation stations” and installed sinks for hand washing!  Scheduling is paramount to properly maintain socially distanced subcontractors, allowing them to comfortably work on our jobs without compromising personal health and safety.

The “new” normal?

We continue to work from home and diligently update our amazing clients via the online portal. PBC is committed to doing everything we can to get through this trying time, including supporting the real heroes– frontline health care providers.  We hope that everyone remains healthy and we can get back to a new normal with a greater appreciation for each other.

Innovation still thrives within our team!

Kyle + Sonya created a company wide birdhouse building contest using leftover materials from job sites.

John Jarvis made a sanitizer necklace, patent pending.

Angela put together wellness bags for all, including a roll of premium tp and PBC socks!

Dave’s remote background is a picture of Kyle.  (It works every time! “Is Kyle standing next to you?”)

Most of the gentleman have grown facial hair/invented new hairstyles.

The newest team members are not legal adults, some have 4 legs.

Daniel sings that “We will rise up!” song at the beginning of every virtual meeting.

Our sales team signed contracts in the past week, even during a pandemic!

A group text will make us smile when the news gets discouraging.

Until we see you again, stay safe!