Frank Stick, an artist and developer, gets credit for the creation of a distinctive Outer Banks beach house--the flat-top cottage. They come in many sizes and configurations but they all have one commonality--a no-slant roof. After WW II, Stick bought 2,800 acres north of Kitty Hawk, including four miles of oceanfront later known as Southern Shores. That was where most of the eighty cottages were built over the following twenty years. Today about forty remain and they are prized not for their distinctiveness but for their oceanfront property.