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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Island beach home asking $4.8M was inspired by a shipwreck

A modern, boxy home with white and wood coloring sits under blue skies. Michael Blevins

Designed to resemble a modern yacht

Beach houses come in all shapes and sizes, and the latest to catch our eye is this four-bedroom, six-bath version in North Carolina. The 4,056-square-foot home is located on Figure Eight Island, an island not far from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach that’s accessible only by a bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway.

The 1,300-acre island features just 475 homes and more than five miles of white, sandy beaches—an ideal set up for a getaway. And while some vacation retreats opt for quaint shutters and southern charm, this contemporary home—built in 2015—is inspired by ship building.

The design-build team of Tongue and Groove by Mark Batson report that on April 17, 1877, the John S. Lee lumber schooner was lost at sea. The remains of the old schooner were discovered just below the sand, and the new beach home took inspiration from the wreckage. Crafted from steel, concrete, and impact-rated glass, the home is made to weather hurricanes.

It was also designed to maximize views, situated on the dunes to offer unobstructed panoramas of the ocean. Inside, large windows and modern lines keep things fresh, with upgrades like...


A modern, boxy home with white and wood coloring sits under blue skies. Michael Blevins

Designed to resemble a modern yacht

Beach houses come in all shapes and sizes, and the latest to catch our eye is this four-bedroom, six-bath version in North Carolina. The 4,056-square-foot home is located on Figure Eight Island, an island not far from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach that’s accessible only by a bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway.

The 1,300-acre island features just 475 homes and more than five miles of white, sandy beaches—an ideal set up for a getaway. And while some vacation retreats opt for quaint shutters and southern charm, this contemporary home—built in 2015—is inspired by ship building.

The design-build team of Tongue and Groove by Mark Batson report that on April 17, 1877, the John S. Lee lumber schooner was lost at sea. The remains of the old schooner were discovered just below the sand, and the new beach home took inspiration from the wreckage. Crafted from steel, concrete, and impact-rated glass, the home is made to weather hurricanes.

It was also designed to maximize views, situated on the dunes to offer unobstructed panoramas of the ocean. Inside, large windows and modern lines keep things fresh, with upgrades like wooden floors and a sleek kitchen. The yacht motif is most clear on the rooftop deck, where a bar in the shape of a boat opens up to a lounge and pool area. Ready for your own schooner turned luxury getaway? 521 Beach Road is on the market now for $4,850,000.

An exterior view of a boxy modern beach home shaped in an L. There are multiple patios and decks and the home is surrounded by green grass. Michael Blevins
The multi-level home is located on a raised sand dune to offer maximum views.
A living room features a round glass coffee table, two chairs on a teal rug, and a modern gas fireplace. Michael Blevins
Inside, the home uses a teal color scheme and features a modern fireplace.
A different view of the living room shows a large gray sectional couch in front of tall windows. Joshua Curry
Large windows provide views to the ocean in the living room.
A modern kitchen with four barstools sitting at a large wooden island. Joshua Curry
The kitchen features a large island with room for four bar stools and wooden floors.
A bbed with a teal patterned comforter and cream headboard sits on wooden floors. A sliding glass door opens out to a second story balcony. Michael Blevins
One of four bedrooms in the house.
A bar area is shaped like a white boat with small barstools and a kitchen area behind it. Joshua Curry
On the rooftop a bar area styled like a boat features port-hole windows and yacht floors.
A rooftop pool, lounge area, and bar offer sunset views toward other houses and the ocean. Joshua Curry
The bar area leads out to a boat-like lounge area and rooftop pool.
A modern, boxy home with white and wood coloring sits under blue skies. Michael Blevins

Designed to resemble a modern yacht

Beach houses come in all shapes and sizes, and the latest to catch our eye is this four-bedroom, six-bath version in North Carolina. The 4,056-square-foot home is located on Figure Eight Island, an island not far from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach that’s accessible only by a bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway.

The 1,300-acre island features just 475 homes and more than five miles of white, sandy beaches—an ideal set up for a getaway. And while some vacation retreats opt for quaint shutters and southern charm, this contemporary home—built in 2015—is inspired by ship building.

The design-build team of Tongue and Groove by Mark Batson report that on April 17, 1877, the John S. Lee lumber schooner was lost at sea. The remains of the old schooner were discovered just below the sand, and the new beach home took inspiration from the wreckage. Crafted from steel, concrete, and impact-rated glass, the home is made to weather hurricanes.

It was also designed to maximize views, situated on the dunes to offer unobstructed panoramas of the ocean. Inside, large windows and modern lines keep things fresh, with upgrades like wooden floors and a sleek kitchen. The yacht motif is most clear on the rooftop deck, where a bar in the shape of a boat opens up to a lounge and pool area. Ready for your own schooner turned luxury getaway? 521 Beach Road is on the market now for $4,850,000.

An exterior view of a boxy modern beach home shaped in an L. There are multiple patios and decks and the home is surrounded by green grass. Michael Blevins
The multi-level home is located on a raised sand dune to offer maximum views.
A living room features a round glass coffee table, two chairs on a teal rug, and a modern gas fireplace. Michael Blevins
Inside, the home uses a teal color scheme and features a modern fireplace.
A different view of the living room shows a large gray sectional couch in front of tall windows. Joshua Curry
Large windows provide views to the ocean in the living room.
A modern kitchen with four barstools sitting at a large wooden island. Joshua Curry
The kitchen features a large island with room for four bar stools and wooden floors.
A bbed with a teal patterned comforter and cream headboard sits on wooden floors. A sliding glass door opens out to a second story balcony. Michael Blevins
One of four bedrooms in the house.
A bar area is shaped like a white boat with small barstools and a kitchen area behind it. Joshua Curry
On the rooftop a bar area styled like a boat features port-hole windows and yacht floors.
A rooftop pool, lounge area, and bar offer sunset views toward other houses and the ocean. Joshua Curry
The bar area leads out to a boat-like lounge area and rooftop pool.

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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.