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Ralph Gundrum is the owner and founder of

Leading Edge Builders, Inc.

He is a licensed, and insured general contractor in

North Carolina.

(residential & commercial)

With over 30 years experience in the construction industry he started his own company in 2000.

Ralph's wife Connie explains how their family established themselves in this area...moving to the Hot Springs area had "something to do with a hurricane".

She explained that their family lived in Charleston, South Carolina, and had vacationed in the North Carolina mountains. After Hurricane Hugo they were planning a trip to Maggie Valley, when Connie was looking at a map and said, "let's go this way instead of going through Asheville". They took a different route which took them through Hot Springs, along Hwy. 209 into the Trust community. Her reaction during the trip through the area was "wow".

They have lived, worked, and raised their family in a community near Hot Springs ever since.

Ralph oversees his crew of workers during the building or renovation process.

He also uses experienced

sub-contractors for some phases of construction, i.e. electrical, plumbing. 

Acquiring required permits, coordinating

sub-contractors while overseeing the construction of a home is...

"all in a day's work" for Ralph.