and Life is an adventure... "The Carpenter Craftsman" moniker which became an LLC was born out of a sole proprietorship business begun in 1997 in TN when Charles was given his first nickname-- "The Tennessee Handyman"-- by his customers. A USMC veteran, Charles F. [Chuck] Bearden, II, grew up in a family of tradesmen. He worked with his uncle on roofing projects throughout Nashville; his father was an electrician, and he expanded their business vision by gaining skills in home and commercial renovation, repair and restoration. Rose put him "on the map" in June 2014, when they married under the pergola he designed for her, creating the website you see here. She is a couture seamstress, editor and writer, musician and digital marketing expert with the nickname The East Coast Marketing Lady and the publisher of The Ultimate NC Relocation Guide. [Photo: November 9, 2019 at the Marine Corp Ball] Here's Our Story! In 2015, we decided it was time to find the perfect place to retire" and agreed to take the next 10 years to do it and not be thrust into it by a disability; we decided to rent our lovely home in Thompson's Station, TN at 2735 Nottingham Court, sold "The Tennessee Handyman " moniker and URL to a young tiler named Lucas Zapeta aka A.J. Construction in Murfreesboro, TN to live in Florida for a year. Additional monikers followed as we traveled up the coast: "The Florida Handyman," "The Charleston Handyman" and "The Connecticut Handyman." It was not until 2019 that we agreed he had earned the right to assume the moniker "The Carpenter CRAFTSMAN" based on fine honing his craft and launched The Carpenter Craftsman, LLC.
Since we had already visited 95% of the rest of the United States and prefer the ocean to man-made lakes, the East Coast beckoned to us. We decided to give a few key locations on the coast one year to impress us; honestly, we have cultural expectations that are high. We enjoy classical concerts; we enjoy opera and the symphony; we are avid readers and go to the library weekly; we dance all styles of ballroom; we like to hike and canoe. When we do actually retire, we want to run a bed and breakfast inn and invite people who love good food, fine wine, nuevo tango dancing, and great conversation to experience top-of-the-line service in a historic home that we meticulously maintain: www.thebbdreamteam.comUntil then, we adore the concept of living so light everything we own will fit in one 26-foot truck, with everything not used given away to Goodwill annually to be reused by those in need. Starting over, making new friends along the way, seeing and experiencing life, taking and making time to see the beauty of the USA; that's living Closer to Free!
It would appear that we are not alone in saying "No thanks!" to FL sand fleas and hurricanes. We are not alone in thinking the"low-country" stinks from swamp gas and decaying vegetation. We are not alone in preferring to live in the 21st century rather than heating using oil. That must be why 32,000 Floridians move here annually, with 27,000 following close behind from SC; the Tri-state region [NY/NJ and CT] contributes 27,000 annually due to improved weather conditions alone and absence of exorbitant tolls, followed by Californians who seek the ocean but want relief from mudslides, wildfires, and sky-high property taxes. As the attached article shows, we stand with many who have found North Carolina to be the cleanest, most economically sound area on the East Coast!https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article235792947.html
We are fans of "Made in the USA" products for which we have been told by millennials we are "really old school" and not "citizens of a new world without borders." I will say this: we believe making products in the USA, with the "union label," and providing a living wage to American citizens so they can buy US homes is in our country's best interest. Chuck and I remember a way of life that did not involve being attached to one's phone, blabbering in the presence of other people and taking "selfies" 24-7. We remember when children were told to mind their place and they did so! We think thank-you notes written by hand, not by a cheesy Hallmark wordsmith, created a more appreciative and educated populace; it required the use of an actual dictionary and maybe even a Thesaurus and a wide range of vocabulary involving multi-syllabic words, rather than juvenile emoji's and cryptic thumb texts. The term "PC" is not a favorable one to either of us; it refers to one who has a paucity of conviction and courage and finds it inconvenient to speak up. Where would we be if good men and women had remained silent at our nation's birth? or either of the world wars? Leadership = Courage As my good Marine likes to say, "If any of that offends you, then you needed to be offended." If it did not, you are our target market and we welcome your call... for you yet recognize the difference between shoddy work done fast and cheap and genuine craftsmanship which takes time and elbow grease.
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The Carpenter Craftsman, LLC: Quality Home Improvement
Mailing Address: 1905 Green Ford Lane, Apex, North Carolina 27502 The Carpenter Craftsman is Highly Rated Veteran-led Business Website created by the East Coast Marketing Lady