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73 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM has an opportunity to capture something,” he says. “The ocean-front houses are easy, the waterfront houses are easy, but the interior homes have few windows and opportunities that are sometimes hard to see. With this one we knew we would get some sunset views and down toward Masonboro so we capitalized on that.” eflecting on the project, the Landises attribute much of what the structure achieves to the ingenuity of R both designer and contractor. “We generated the idea and both Scott and Jimmy were great to work with,” Nina says. “I have to give it to them, they were very open minded and worked really hard to help make it happen for us.” Now that the home is finished and furnished, Kel says they intend to name the home “True North,” after the best-selling 2007 work of the same name by Harvard Business School professor Bill George, which has profoundly influenced the way he and Nina make their decisions in business and life. In his work, George lectures on the importance of finding one’s true self and making decisions based on that principle. In the case of their new island retreat, the Landises have done so by achieving the highest possible energy efficiency rating and making a commitment to filling their home with North Carolina products. Kel says, “If you always make decisions from your true self, then most of the time you are going to make good decisions.” The profile of the home’s rear elevation features the cantilevered master suite porch and office supported by steel beams. The brackets are decorative.


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