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BuilderFest 2018 Tackles Effect of New Tax Law on Building a Home in Sarasota

Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone was a panelist during the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s second annual BuilderFest event, held Saturday, February 23, 2018. This year’s event focused on the effects of the new federal tax laws and was titled “Home Building (and Owning) in a New Tax Climate.”

The panel was moderated by Harold Bubil, former real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune, who frequently writes, lectures, and gives tours celebrating real estate and architecture in southwest Florida. (Read Mr. Bubil’s column about the event, here.) Mr. Bubil posed many questions of this panel and several other panels held on varying topics throughout the day-long event. Topics covered included whether or not the new tax law will heal or hurt local property values, and whether it might motivate residents of New York and other high-tax states to move to Florida (which does not have a state income tax).

During Ryan’s panel, Mr. Bubil posed questions about the cost of construction in the southwest residential market, and as part of a larger conversation Ryan commented that “Cost is the difference between value and expense … our clients are essentially developers and we can help guide them to create valuable projects.” Recognizing the tremendous investment homeowners make in their residences, and helping clients maximize the fullest value for that investment, is a Nautilus Homes specialty.

The audience was encouraged to ask questions as well, and when one audience member asked how builders deal with the current labor shortage being experienced by the construction industry at large, Ryan talked about his experience with the local chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America, which inspires high school students to pursue careers in construction, design, engineering, and architecture.

Ryan, who visits Sarasota’s Riverview High School once a week to meet with students and give them real-world insights into the hard work and opportunities of the design and building industry, told the BuilderFest crowd, “I work with the ACE program to inspire young people to go into this industry and to show them that they can make a great living while having the freedom of their own business and the pride of having a craft.”

Nautilus Homes Adds Office Manager to Team

Sarasota-based luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has added Jennifer Ricks to its office staff in the position of Office Manager. Throughout her career, Jennifer has held positions in human resources and office management, frequently within the construction industry. In her role at Nautilus Homes, she will manage the front office as well as handle bookkeeping for the construction company.

Jennifer is the first point of contact for most people when they contact Nautilus Homes. “She is in charge of keeping everything in the office running smoothly so the rest of the team can do what we do best – build luxury homes throughout Southwest Florida,” said Ryan Perrone, president.

Jennifer enjoys contributing to the community, and has served on the Board of Directors – several years as its president – for her neighborhood Homeowners Association. Jenn grew up in Long Island, New York, and is a first-time mother to five-year old son Alex as well as a step mother to her other three children. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, network, scrapbook, and do crafts, as well as run her eBay business.

Sarasota Remodel Historic Burns Court Featured in STYLE Magazine

Photography by Greg Wilson / STYLE Magazine

The award-winning Sarasota remodel by luxury home builder Nautilus Homes is the subject of an in-depth feature profile in the January 2018 issue of the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s STYLE magazine. The story examines the planning, passion, and talent it takes to bring a historic Burns Court home back to its full Mediterranean Revival best — in form and function. Read the full story here, beginning on page 32.

Photography by Greg Wilson / STYLE Magazine

Written by Marty Fugate, the profile describes the “creative dream team” assembled by the owner: builder/design consultant Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes; and New York interior designer Ellen Hanson (Pansy Bayou is her local office).

Ryan’s expertise, Fugate wrote, would be needed in the special project of bringing this charming 1920’s historic home back to life. He’d need, Fugate wrote, to “Repair, restore and redefine, with 21st-century craftsmanship and the same standard of quality. And to prove that they still build houses like they used to.”

Apparently, they do.

The story is chock full of the nuances that bring a home together — from stripping out the unusable to repurposing original doors and hardware to the installation of custom kitchen cabinetry by master cabinetmaker Anthony Aguilar of Elite Woodwork.

Read the full story at STYLE Magazine online (beginning on page 32) and see these gorgeous photos — and many more — from STYLE magazine photographer Greg Wilson.

Photography by Greg Wilson STYLE Magazine.

Photography by Greg Wilson STYLE Magazine.

How to Select a Qualified Contractor for New Home or Remodel

In Today’s Hot Real Estate Market, Free Guide Helps Owners Research and Choose Reliable Contractors for Home Building & Remodeling Projects

Ricky Perrone, vice president of Sarasota luxury home builder Nautilus Homes, has created a consumer guide, “Choosing the Right Contractor.” The concise and informative guide offers valuable advice and tools for researching and selecting  qualified, ethical, and professional building contractors. The guide gives tips on how to spot red flags that might indicate inexperienced or unscrupulous builders, and also provides a detailed questionnaire form that can be used as a basis to start the interview process with contractors.  The free guide is available for download at the home page of nautilus-homes.com.

With the current hot real estate market in Southwest Florida, more property owners than ever before are considering building a new home. “Choosing the Right Contractor” was created in order to support home owners in realizing their dream an enjoyable building process resulting in a home that will provide years of pride of ownership while giving them a tool to help them build as wisely and safely as possible.  The guide is also available in print, upon request, to real estate agents, lawyers, and interior design professional who may interact frequently with property owners wishing to build.

“Over the years there have been a number of high profile stories locally involving unscrupulous builders” said Ricky Perrone. “We’ve been approached to take over projects that these contractors had abandoned as recently as last year. I’ve seen, firsthand, the heartache and turmoil caused and for two years now, I’ve been thinking about how to help people ask the right questions and ultimately wind up with a team they can feel confident in because they’ve done the work to truly understand the company they are hiring.”

“I take a lot of pride in my industry,” said Perrone.  “My family has been building in Sarasota for forty years and it bothered me that these contractors could operate like this not only to the detriment of their clients, but to the detriment of our industry. The guide encourages people to begin talks with three or more contractors and narrow that down to one using the questionnaire and referral forms. I want people to ask the right questions so they are able to make the right choices and have the best experience in building their home.  My goal is to help them feel informed and confident and most importantly, to help them avoid the pitfalls of choosing the wrong contractor.”

To request a print copy of “Choosing the Right Contractor,” please call  941.366.3650.

Sarasota Luxury Home Market Outlook Strong

“Bonaire” – a Nautilus Homes luxury home on Siesta Key

The Sarasota luxury home market, Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone discussed in a recent Sarasota Herald Tribune article, continues to be on a hot streak, with available waterfront properties and Sarasota luxury home building sites in prime neighborhoods being snapped up at a very fast rate.

Quoted in an article titled “The Lap of Luxury: Market for High-End Residences in Sarasota Robust,” Ryan suggested that would-be waterfront home site buyers and luxury home site buyers expand their options to include Sarasota County communities such as nearby Osprey and Nokomis. Those areas still provide interested buyers of Sarasota County waterfront home building sites with opportunities, Ryan said, where “half-acre bay-front sites can still be found for under $1 million and the location is becoming more and more desirable.”

Venice Beach, Florida – Nautilus Homes.

Nautilus Homes builds custom luxury homes throughout Southwest Florida, including recent projects in the Venice beach community and along the Manatee River waterfront in Ellenton.

The article, written by Herald Tribune Real Estate Editor Chris Wille, examined the current state of the luxury home market in Sarasota County, and included insights from local real estate sales experts such as Kim Ogilvie of Ogilvie Luxury Real Estate/Michael Saunders & Company.

Read the full article here: “The Lap of Luxury: Market for High-End Residences in Sarasota Robust.”

Custom Homes Stay on Schedule with Clean Organized Job Sites

When building a luxury custom home in Southwest Florida, organized job sites are a key sign of a disciplined, proactive custom home builder. It’s essential for general contractors to establish and maintain clean, well-organized job sites from the very beginning of the project.

Especially during the dog days of Florida summers, job sites and work flow can be significantly impacted by sudden rains and even tropical storm events. Proper staging of the site, ongoing organization of work areas, constant attention to scheduling, and creating space for materials storage, all make a construction site function more smoothly for subcontractors. This gives easy access to suppliers and delivery trucks when arriving at the job sites, and allows subcontractors to focus solely on the quality of their craftsmanship.

Proper staging, cleanliness, and organization of job sites allows everyone on the site to be more productive. These images show the secondary garage and pool/rear retaining walls and steps are all being strategically held off until a later date. Doing so allows the Nautilus team and subcontractor crews more room to work, and to get the interior dried-in so rough trades can start.

At 9.5 weeks since start date — even with 12 days of rain delay, this Nautilus Homes luxury waterfront project, called Bougainvillea Beach, is on track. Thanks to our project team’s dedication to maintaining a clean, organized job site, and to the awesome subcontractors and suppliers who deliver such great work and product.
Click here to see more images and learn more about this gorgeous custom, waterfront home in Florida.

Sarasota Luxury Home Builder Nautilus Homes Wins Aurora Awards

Sarasota luxury home builder Nautilus Homes was honored with Grand Aurora and Silver Aurora Awards during the July 28 Southeast Building Conference’s 36th annual Design Competition, held in Kissimmee, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center. Hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association, the annual conference is the largest building industry trade show in the Southeastern United States. The 2017 “Aurora Awards” Design Competition drew 400 entries.

Nautilus Homes won a Grand Aurora Award in the Best Kitchen Category ($1M to 2M) as the builder for its “Shifting Shores” project in Osprey, Florida. Nautilus built the 4,400 square foot, waterfront organic architecture home, for a private client, in collaboration with Architect Randy Paul Sample of Sarasota. The home’s stunning wood and stone kitchen was designed by the project’s Interior Architect from Arkansas – Walter Jennings of Maurice Jennings Architect – the same firm that designed the spectacular home featured in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Gone Girl.” The 315-square-foot stone and wood kitchen features a cherry wood central island; three-inch thick cherry butcher block island countertop, custom-designed cherry chandelier, and gorgeous water views from all work stations. Elite Woodwork of Sarasota created the outstanding kitchen cabinetry.

Nautilus was also awarded a Silver Aurora Award in the Best Custom Home Category (4,000 to 6,000 sf) as builder for its “Venice Beach Cottage” project, in collaboration with Harrell & Co., Architects of Naples, Florida (interior design by Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker). Built for a private client, the 4,200-square-foot home is situated in Venice, Florida,

Nautilus Homes was founded in 2010 by company president Ryan Perrone, and is known for its trademark Jewel Box® homes and concierge-level construction. Over seven years, the company has built a strong reputation for luxury home construction and remodeling in Southwest Florida.

With its emphasis on form and function, Nautilus specializes in the creation of one-of-a-kind “forever homes” for discerning clients, and works in collaboration with noted local, regional, and national architects, including Randy Paul Sample of Sarasota , Clifford M Scholz Architects of Sarasota, Harrell Architects of Naples, Hacker and Cohen of Chicago, Ellen Hanson Designs of New York , as well as William B. Litchfield of Atlanta, Georgia, and the acclaimed Maurice Jennings Architecture firm based in Arkansas. For more information about Nautilus Homes, we invite you to call us at 941.366.3650.

Sarasota Renovation and Remodel in Historic Burns Court

Nautilus Homes’ historic renovation and remodel of a lovely, but dated home in Sarasota’s Burns Court neighborhood is featured in the May issue of Sarasota Magazine. At under 1,000 square-feet, the remodeling project was much smaller than the typical Nautilus Homes project, but president Ryan Perrone says the project fits right in with his company’s vision and commitment to creating homes that will not only stand the test of time, but reflect the values of timeless quality and craftsmanship.

Quoted in the article, Ryan described the renovation project’s allure: “It’s iconic. It’s not a trend, it’s not a fad, it’s forever.” Check out the triptych of images in the header photo on this page (from Sarasota Magazine’s article and photographer Gene Pollux) and read the full story, written by Ilene Denton, here: A Historic Burns Court Bungalow.

Ryan and his team collaborated with Sarasota-based interior designer Ellen Hanson (of Pansy Bayou) on the project. “Our goal was to preserve the historic integrity and charm of the home, while updating it completely and maximizing the utilization of space,” Ryan said. “Ellen had fantastic ideas for space and design; it was great fun to work with her on this size-challenged home.”

Nautilus Homes utilized local vendors and established subcontractors during the project, including the outstanding team at Engler Window and Door.

For more photos of this delightful home, click here: Sarasota renovation and remodel project.

SRQ Mag: Nautilus Best Home Builder Finalist

Sarasota area home lovers have spoken: Nautilus Homes was voted one of the Best Home Builders in the local area, by readers of SRQ Magazine in its “2017 Best of SRQ” issue. Nautilus Homes was named “second finalist” in the annual voting and appreciates all the votes from fans of our custom home building in the Sarasota and Manatee areas.

Nautilus Homes Partners with William B. Litchfield Designs

Nautilus Homes is honored to be collaborating with William B. Litchfield Designs, Inc., of Atlanta, in the design and construction for one of our current outstanding projects: “Southern Charm” — a 5,500-square-foot private residence situated along the beautiful Manatee River in Ellenton, Florida. Litchfield Designs was recently awarded two prestigious Philip T. Shutze Awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southeast Chapter, one award for its Regency-inspired Georgian renovation of a single family home in Buckhead, Georgia, and another for a smaller remodel project.

Regency-inspired Georgian Renovation by William B. Litchfield Designs, Inc. (photo courtesy of LitchfieldDesigns.com)

“We’re thrilled to be working with an architect of Bill Litchfield’s renown and caliber on one of our projects here in Florida,” said Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes. “Bill’s sensitivity to site conditions, clients’ desires, materials, and period detailing is perfectly suited to our own vision at Nautilus Homes, and it’s a privilege to collaborate with his firm on ‘Southern Charm’.”

Designed to capture the essence of the architecture and lifestyle of Charleston, South Carolina, “Southern Charm” is carefully sited to take full advantage of the property’s expansive 7 acre grounds that extend to the shores of the Manatee River. The home is detailed to recreate historic craftsmanship and features a separate pool house and water’s edge gazebo. In the planning stages of this project, Ryan Perrone and members of his construction team traveled through South Carolina, visiting some of the oldest, grandest estates and plantation homes in our country, including Charleston’s famous Drayton Hall.

Nautilus Homes was also recognized recently with a “Home of the Year” award for its own work on an historic renovation project in Sarasota’s historic Burns Court neighborhood. SRQ Magazine cited Nautilus Homes as being one of the Sarasota Florida top home builders who “pulled out all the stops” in their work in the magazine’s annual design competition.