The Bay Colony property Bob & Marion Taylor live on was part of an old hunting club Bob’s grandfather purchased in 1935. He nicknamed the original home “Long Haul”, reflecting the path of his business career and the property’s location away from the tiny bustling Virginia Beach resort. Bob’s parents built a second small house on the property in 1951 on the lower section close to Linkhorn Bay at nearly sea level, which Bob and Marion purchased in 1984. While Bob knew VB Homes president Chris Ettel through one of his two brothers, he appreciated that VB Homes’ design style matched what he and Marion were looking for. After meeting with Chris, he knew he’d found the right builder. The old house was torn down in 2005 and planning focused on fitting the new house on a tight site and setting a solid foundation. Finished in 2007, the home’s design and materials reflect the Taylor’s desire for a Nantucket style – cedar shake, bead board wainscoting, transoms, rich heart pine flooring, white columns, porch railings and flat roof dormers all communicate a classic coastal feeling. A key feature – the cupola – serves double duty as an exterior design element and a functional skylight for its interior presence in the game room over the garage; its lantern acts as a beacon for visitors to the Long Haul property. Upon entering the Taylor’s new home, a wide hallway is decorated in black and white and faded color photographs from both sides of Bob’s and Marion’s families, providing a rich storyline of the Taylors’ long presence in the historic seaside city. High ceilings throughout the downstairs enlarge the already ample space. An open kitchen flows directly into a gathering room with cozy seating and a built-in sink/bar area. “I spend a lot of time here – it’s comfortable and one of my favorite spots in the house,” said Bob. One of Marion’s beloved spaces is the large living room with windows on three sides and a peaceful palette of white, cream, nautical blue and coral. “I love sitting in here by the window, catching up with girlfriends,” said Marion. A pine paneled study is Bob’s early morning retreat, used for handling business correspondence and conference calls before unplugging for the day. The first floor is capped off with a single bedroom, its placement on the main level purposeful to accommodate houseguests or family unable to maneuver stairs. Soothing blues, greens and pale yellow, reflective of the home’s natural surroundings, cover the walls of the four upstairs bedrooms. Bob and Marion’s master bedroom, high-ceilinged with an outdoor balcony, features separate his and her bathrooms (“The key to a lasting marriage,” claim Bob and Marion). Overlooking the water, its position and views were mandatory after living in the back of the previous home while their kids enjoyed the bay vistas. A wrap-around porch is positioned on the two sides facing the water and includes a single railing on the back stairs, allowing Bob’s father to enjoy the views anytime he visits, even when no one is home. The property finally contains a small yard with St. Augustine grass and landscaping using native and salt-water tolerant plants, creating a lush touch with minimal upkeep. An ample dock, now fondly referred to as Taylor Marina, provides plenty of boat slips for the entire family. Their new 6,500 SF home lets Bob and Marion celebrate the Taylor heritage– the importance of family and togetherness.