Mark Beard

Mark Beard

President / Principal Designer

A North Carolina native and proud alumnus of East Carolina University, Mark quickly
developed an appreciation for high-end details, while still embracing practicality and a
thoughtful approach to design. His work experience started with cabinetry and
millwork design, which later propelled him into high end retail interior architecture at a
well known luxury brand based in NYC. Often noting that he learned how to design
from the “inside out”, Mark pulls from his interior space planning background with an
eye for detail, to not only create a home w/ an exterior that is appealing but also stay
mindful of interior details and relationships that make a major impact on how a space
looks and feels.

From growing up in a rural setting, to being fortunate enough to travel across multiple
countries while living and working in NYC, Mark’s exposure to many environments,
cultures, and design methods are always in focus when working with new clients, or
coming up with new stock plan ideas with his team.
When not working on new designs, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two
daughters, and cheering on the ECU Pirates!

Personal Design Philosophy:
Anyone can draw a pretty picture, but once an understanding of artistic ideas and
technical proficiency merge, that’s where real creativity begins.

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Let’s discuss your forever home.

If you’re ready to buy a house plan or are just starting to research universal design options, we’re happy to answer your questions. Our design experts can help you choose a home plan that suits your needs – for accessibility, aging in place, multigenerational living or long-term investment.

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