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Sam & Denae Gandy

Sam and Denae know what makes a “home” a home. It isn’t all about framing and backsplash; a home should be a safe space for friends and family to gather and experience the many ups and downs of life. This makes building your home an intimate (but intimidating) process.

Sam and Denae get this. That’s why they intentionally minimize stress with early preparation, reliable communication, and authenticity. They want to make sure your custom home-building experience is a beautiful one, ensuring that you and your home are ready to face whatever life throws at you!

Our Mission is Simple. Build Great Homes and Make Our Customers Happy.

  • Communicate Clearly and Often
  • Prepare Before Starting Construction
  • Stand Out by Doing All Things with Excellence
  • Prioritize Critical Tasks, and Review Jobsite Safety
  • Learn from the Victories and the Mistakes

Meet The Team

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Quinton Gandy


Ten years ago, Quinton founded 4G Design Build, and the rest is home-building history. Boasting forty-three years of construction experience, he has dealt with (and overcome) every challenge the building industry has to offer. We like to think no problem is too big for Quinton to solve!

When not working (which is seldom), Quinton enjoys hunting, traveling the world, and looking after his favorite palm tree. He’s most proud of raising two exceptional kids and spoiling his five amazing grandsons.

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Sam Gandy


Sam is the owner (and president) of his brainchild company, 4G Design Build. Having been around construction for over twenty-five years, he wanted to find a sensible marriage between custom construction and cutting-edge architectural designs. The result? 4G Design Build. With Sam’s creative personality at its helm, 4G has competed over seventy-seven homes in the Lake Norman Area.

In his spare time, Sam loves reading western fiction, working in his hobby vineyard, and creating unique woodfire pottery. Along with his wife Denae, he often travels up to Virginia to visit his son (Josiah) studying at Liberty University.

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Denae Gandy


Denae is 4G’s leading designer, co-owner, and selections specialist. She’ll be there from the very start of the design process (like plan layout and selections) all the way through the final phases of construction. With a unique eye for design, Denae will guide you in choosing the special things that make a “house” a home, from knock-out interior lighting picks to carpet styles. If it shines or shuts, Denae probably picked it!

In her free time, Denae enjoys talking with her two boys, crocheting cozy blankets, or snuggling her rescue kitty, Clark. She genuinely can’t wait to meet you and start designing your custom dream home!

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Kayla Schippert


Kayla is one of 4G’s Plan Designers and our 3D Artist. She works with many design programs, such as Auto CAD and Sketch Up, to give you a design experience that is second to none. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in interior design, she went on to design new custom homes and residential remodel projects for many clients in New Bern, North Carolina. She specializes in 3D and virtual reality design work and uses cutting edge technology in everything she does. Kayla helps to add value and meaning to the design process as you see your new home before construction even begins. Some of Kayla’s hobbies include being outdoors, playing with her dog and spending time on the coast.

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Forster Fry


With over thirty-five years of construction experience, Forster is 4G’s most experienced project manager. Whether it’s questions about insulation or septic permits, he knows the answer. Along with being an accomplished project manager, Forster is also a licensed home inspector in the State of North Carolina. I guess you could say he’s a double home-building threat!

If he’s not working, you’ll find Forster eating powdered donuts or dreaming of moving down to the Bahamas. He’s also in the process of renovating an Airbnb with his wife, Crystal on their property in Mooresville.

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Kenny Brown


Who doesn’t love Kenny, one of 4G’s most valuable assets? After finishing up a career in the United States Military, he reconfigured his logistical skills for use in the home-building industry. Working in the field as one of 4G’s best project managers, our clients work directly with Kenny to build their dream home!

When not on a job site, you’ll find Kenny either babying his dog, Lola or polishing his 1972 Chevy Nova. He also enjoys smoking a high-quality cigar with his closest friends and family members.

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Nick Nolen


As a project manager with 4G Design Build, Nick will be helping you along the way with every aspect of building your new custom home. Nick’s attention to detail and organizational skills are what helps him thrive in this industry. He thoroughly enjoys the satisfaction of seeing a project go from breaking ground to a beautiful, finished home. When not at work, Nick enjoys playing golf and watching sports.

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Jared Goodman


Keeping the office running smoothly is Jared, 4G’s office and purchasing assistant. Tucked away upstairs in the “4G Barn”, you might never see Jared, but trust he’s always there pulling permits and processing change orders. He will no doubt play a big part in making your dream home a reality!

When not in the office, Jared is probably across the country, exploring the stadium during a live sporting event. He recently got engaged and is getting married early next year to his fiancée, Amanda. (Fun Fact: Jared traveled to all fifty states last year in a breakneck tour of the United States!)