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For Hunter and Jenna Parra, building the house of their dreams also came with an added bonus: new friendships! By using local businesses, the Parra family was able to be hands-on throughout the process and trust the professionals to guide them on suggestions to complete their home. 

The new construction was started in February 2019, and the family of five was able to move into their home in October 2020. The 4500 square foot living home features four bedrooms and an office, four baths and two half baths. Under roof, the home is 8400 square feet. 

“We started building in February 2019 having just met Elton and Angia Lee Tootle of Coastal Homebuilders for the first time shortly before we started,” shared Jenna. “Elton’s need for perfection is what sold us right away and from that moment on, everything fell into place. Not many people can say they come out of building a house with an office full of friends, but that’s exactly what we got! And the house of our dreams, of course!” 

The Southern Traditional style home is accented by many gorgeous and thoughtful details. Portofino white oak wood floors carry you throughout the house. In the kitchen, Swiss white dolomite marble countertops and backsplash top the custom cabinets built by Coastal Cabinets. The custom hood/vent, built by Coastal Homebuilders, provides a focal point on the main kitchen wall. In the master bathroom, Bianco Rhino marble countertops, 30×30 wood-look parquet ceramic tile, and a custom shower with porcelain tile complete the relaxing space. Whitney Bouterie with Whitney Bouterie Interiors helped pick out paints, flooring, tiling, fixtures and other interior designing and decorating. 

In the outdoor living space, the brick fireplace separates a seating area from the outdoor kitchen. Mist black granite countertops and gray Starboard cabinets complete the streamlined look in the outdoor kitchen. 

“We love our back porch and outdoor kitchen,” shared Jenna. “We love our roll down screens from NRG Window and Screen that keep the mosquitoes out, so we can still enjoy our porch even at night. We also love watching the horses in the pasture from our back porch.” 

Hunter and Jenna’s dreams were made possible with the help of many local businesses, including: Dishman with Dishman Flooring; Whitney Bouterie with Whitney Bouterie Interiors; Brad Arceneaux with Power Source Electrical Service; Ken’s Plumbing and Heating; Sonny Price with Sonny’s Custom Electronics; Sea Breeze Cooling and Heating; Morrison Terrebonne Lumber; Valley Supply Company; Rod’s Superstore; Colburn’s Supply Company; Allen Porche with Gulf Coast Shutters; Dufrene’s Building Materials; Nick J. Hebert Interior and Event Design; The Glass Doctor; and The Brick Yard.

“People say building a house is stressful, but Coastal Homebuilders made building this house anything but that,” said Jenna. “Everyone in their office from Elton and Angia Lee themselves to the girls in the office, the stone work guys, the cabinet guys, the painters and every one of their employees went over and above to make our house everything we dreamed it to be.”