In 1996, she branched out on her own and got her General Contractor license from the state of North Carolina. She started building her first home just outside Raleigh in Knightdale, NC. Soon she was building about 15 homes per year, each of them a reflection of her determination and commitment to quality.
She quickly became well known in the industry, and her hard work and dedication were noticed by home building associations and organizations. In 2000, she entered her first Parade of Homes competition, where she was awarded a perfect score and won Gold! Since then, she has added several more Gold awards to her growing list of accolades, including wins in Carteret and Onslow counties.