home of distinction
A B E A C H H O U S E
Country music songwriter Jeff Outlaw and wife,
Amy, enjoy a second home in Carolina Beach
BY AMANDA LISK | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRY TAYLOR
IT was much like a scene from an HGTV home makeover show when Jeff and Amy
Outlaw of Bahama, North Carolina, arrived to see their custom-built beach house in
Carolina Beach for the first time.
“As soon as we drove down the street, we could see it, the lookout up top, the porches,
the finishes and then we turned the corner and Amy grabs my leg,” says Jeff Outlaw.
The couple, who have three children, one son-in-law, and many extended family
members and friends, wanted the finished product to be a surprise. Once their vacation
home was framed, they did not come back until it was complete.
“This has never happened to us before,” says Lindsey Cheek, owner of Gathered Group
and lead interior designer. “They really wanted that big reveal and they got it. The pool was
filled, the accessories were in, everything was done.”
It was a sunny morning in March 2019 when the Outlaws headed down I-40 from
Durham County and crossed Snow’s Cut Bridge to Carolina Beach for the unveiling of
their home away from home. There to meet them were builders Stephannie and Adam
Covington, owners of The Pioneer Group, and the Gathered Group interior design team.
“Here are these people who have poured into our family and our lives, and they are
standing there to meet us. Believe it or not I started crying when I hugged them. They said,
‘You haven’t even walked in the house yet,’” laughs Outlaw.
He wasn’t the only one shedding tears of joy.
“We were all crying. It was one of my most favorite days,” says Cheek.
Jeff Outlaw is a songwriter who has collaborated with artists Phil Vassar, Lee Brice,
Lainey Wilson, Matt Nathanson, John Legend, Plain White T’s, Kip Moore, Drake White
and Brothers Osborne.
When Amy’s sister and husband got a vacation place in Carolina Beach, Jeff and Amy
decided to do it too.
“It started with ‘Let’s just get a small apartment’ to ‘Let’s get a townhome’ to ‘Let’s buy a
house’ to ‘Let’s look on the beach and build.’ The more time we spent down there looking,
the more we fell in love with the place and the people,” says Outlaw.
The home is located across the street from the ocean. It has become a retreat for family
and friends and a peaceful location for writing music.
“Amy has used the house for girl trips, I have used it for writing trips and fishing trips where
buddies have flown in from Nashville. It’s so nice to have two and three generations of our
family and friends here and we can be all together, and we all love each other just as much at
the end of the week as we did at the beginning because we can spread out,” laughs Outlaw.
Built by The Pioneer Group, this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath beach home is
located across the street from the ocean in Carolina Beach and features a rooftop look-out.
Clean modern lines are paired with the classic beach house look of cedar shakes
that take on a patina with age.
42 may 2022