March-April 2014 | BAYSIDE FANTASY




In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Tyler Building Company created the Eastern Shore beach house of Kent Pearce's dreams

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

Hunt Valley financial analyst Kent Pearce had planned for some time to redo his perfectly perched beach home on 
Assawoman Bay in Ocean City. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy had other plans. The second-costliest and largest Atlantic storm in U.S. history damaged property up and down the East Coast, including Pearce’s beach house. In need of a contractor to fix the damage to his lower-level deck and bulkhead/walkway, Pearce didn’t have to look very far.
He sought the advice of a neighbor who’d recently had extensive high-end renovations done to his own home. The neighbor’s response was as quick and it was effortless: “Call Tyler Building Company.”
“After meeting with Will Tyler, I really felt comfortable and hired him to address the areas of concern outside,” Pearce said.
Once the exterior work of was completed to Pearce’s highest expectations, he hired Tyler Building Co. to perform extensive enhancements inside his residence, as well.
“I wanted to take everything to a high level of design and highest quality of craftsmanship,” Pearce said. “I wanted to change the entire look of the home.”
Over the next six months, Will and his all-American crew mobilized their prodigious skills to give Pearce and his family the beautiful beach retreat they had always aspired to. Beginning with the exterior, Will tore out the old, mottled white-brick steps and stoop and replaced them with a modern yet aesthetically pleasing stone veneer, which was also run up the front of the house as high as 20 feet. Before the edifice was completely repainted to its current shade of sunny yellow, blue standing-seam metal-roof accents were added, discreetly anointing the bayside getaway with the classic accoutrements of authentic beach-coastal ambiance. The exterior upgrade was complete with the installation of a beautiful new foyer/ entranceway ceiling in the rich tones of mahogany.
Inside, all flooring on the first level was replaced with durable Adura Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring, which looks and feels so much like the real thing, it might as well be. Precision finishing touches were added to Pearce’s first-floor office and stairs in the form of refinished wood accents that matched the brand-new flooring. Savvy splashes of pebble-stone tile veneers also found their way to the stairs in darker, woody shades, while the sunroom and kitchen (which the hallway elegantly introduces via an archway flanked by two recessed Doric half-columns, also of Will’s creation) enjoyed the same treatment with apropos sandy shades, just to keep the brightness where it belongs.
Elsewhere in the kitchen, Will and company installed new granite countertops and completely refinished the existing kitchen cabinets, adding V-grooves and glazing to the boxes and doors, along with other decorative accents. The now-granite-topped center island, meanwhile, received custom modifications as well — including a five-foot octagonal center light in maple that matched the new flooring — but not before Will added a wine rack and an illuminated dry bar with an arched top, driftwood shelves and stone tiling that transitions to the living room with poetically seamless beauty.
Speaking of the living room, Tyler Building Co. ripped out the old fireplace that had resided there and replaced it with a new one that features a hearth in driftwood. While he was at it, Will also installed a flush-mounted entertainment center that is capped with a luxe 52-inch flat-screen TV.
But for all the lovely pomp and circumstance, many would opine that the redo’s capstone comes in the form of Will’s custom-built, 8.5-foot wide octagonal cupola, which he copper-anchored to the home’s standing-seam roof. The magnificent 14-foot, fully windowed structure boasts a 4.5-foot needle atop and fading white-to-blue LED lighting that may actually be seen from as far away as Fenwick Island or the Route 90 Bridge.
An important part of the big job’s resounding success is due to the fact that Will and Kent kept in contact frequently during the offseason, paving the way for individual project deadlines that were completed on time and on budget.
“I’m extremely pleased with Tyler Building Company because of their attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship,” Pearce said. “It was a very trusting and highly communicative relationship — and that’s not always the case when dealing with contractors. I would definitely recommend Tyler Building Company to others. Will and his team gave us the perfect environment to create a lot of memories with our children, family and many friends.”

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