About WaterMark Homes

WaterMark owners, Marc Hayward and Jeff Thomas have worked in custom home design and construction for more than 20 years and have been designing and constructing Distinctive Coastal Homes in the Beaufort, South Carolina since 2003. They are committed to exceeding the expectations of homeowners. They don't merely build homes - they build relationships - and partner with homeowners to deliver an unmatched level of service. You work personally with the owners of the company, which allows them to provide you with the attention to detail that is necessary to build a truly custom home.

WaterMark is committed not only to satisfying each client, but also to the continued beauty and success of the community. WaterMark homes exemplify exceptional quality, superior craftsmanship and an exacting attention to detail. They accomplish this through their personal involvement during every stage of development.

Marc and Jeff are both graduates of The Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Architecture with degrees in Architecture and Construction Management.

Jeff has been directly involved in the design and production of over 100 homes in the Atlanta luxury home market prior to moving to Beaufort. As a managing partner of a residential design/build construction company in the highly competitive Atlanta market, he earned a reputation for superior design and exceptional quality. Jeff and his wife and family relocated to Beaufort in 2003 to share more time as a family and to continue the work he is passionate about in an environment full of inspiration.

Marc brings a wealth of experience from the commercial design and construction industry. As former Vice President of one of the Southeast's most respected developers, Marc's previous career included over $1 billion of high profile projects across the nation. Deciding to move to Beaufort with his wife and daughters has been an important quality of life decision and allows him to concentrate on his true love of crafting beautiful custom homes. Working with world-renowned architects from all corners of the globe has taught Marc to appreciate attention to detail, a cornerstone of WaterMark's mission to provide distinctive coastal homes.


We chose Watermark Coastal Homes to build our home for their unique design/build process and the quality we saw when walking through other Watermark-built homes. Overall we think the design/build process probably saved us considerable time and money. After meeting first with an architect, it became clear to us that working through any changes with multiple parties would become more complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Jeff and Marc were very patient as we worked through the house design. My husband and I started with a pencil drawing we had made on an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper and Watermark turned it into the beautiful home we now live in. And of course, changes were made along the way so we think their design/build approach worked well. J. & K. McDowell
Quality craftsmanship. A keen appreciation for timeless, classic design. The ability to translate dreams into reality...These were a few of the talents Watermark used to create our beautiful Southern home, infused with many unique, contemporary features. Watermark listened to our idea of integrating more open, clean elements with the charming architectural style of our community. They eagerly embraced this challenge, expanded upon our thoughts, patiently worked with us to develop the plans, and tirelessly researched new suppliers and materials to bring this vision to life. Their design-build approach also assured us of a highly personal and seamless experience working with both of the firm's principals, from initial concept development and planning, through fixture and materials selection, and during construction. We highly recommend working with this outstanding team! R. & T. Nappi-Kaehler
I can't say enough about the Watermark team! The design process was a fun experience. Jeff was extremely knowledgeable, creative and gave us exactly what we wanted (even kept within the budget!) The building phase was smooth and quick, even from a distance. Great service, communication and follow-through. Marc went over and above to give us what we wanted. I love my home and wouldn't change a thing. Marc and Jeff were wonderful to work with and have become fast friends. A. Munger
Creating a new old house was a journey of love for my husband and me. We also are indebted to Watermark Coastal Homes, LLC for sharing our passion for creating a grand and gracious home of the past. C. Guldin