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.

Nautilus Wins Sarasota Burns Court Remodel Home of the Year Award

Nautilus Homes has won a Silver Award for its Sarasota Burns Court remodel project from SRQ Magazine’s 2017 Home of the Year Competition.  Nautilus Homes was recognized by the magazine as being one of the Sarasota Florida top home builders who “pulled out all the stops” in their work on the homes winning this year’s competition.

“This historic renovation at 422 Burns Court was a unique opportunity to work with our client in reviving an historic home in an iconic downtown Sarasota neighborhood and bring it back to its former glory,” said Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone. “The size of the home – only 1,000 square feet — presented some unique design challenges. We were honored to partner with Ellen Hanson of Pansy Bayou; Elite Woodwork; and Paramount Stone to find innovative solutions to preserve the historic importance and most efficiently utilize the space of this exciting home renovation project.”

The key features of this house include: all new Loewen aluminum-clad wood push-out windows with old-fashioned wood-framed hinged screens, a phenomenally designed kitchen, master bedroom built-in wardrobe, totally reconfigured master bath and all new courtyard walls (front and back). Interior trims were matched to the profiles that were used originally and reused the interior doors and hardware with minor refurbishment along with refinishing the walls and ceilings throughout to a level-5 finish.

Click here to view more images of this Sarasota home remodel project in the historic Burns Court neighborhood.

Nautilus Homes Vice President Participates in BuilderFest Sarasota 2017

Nautilus Homes Vice President Ricky Perrone was an expert panelist weighing in on the “Deciding to Build” panel discussion led by Real Estate Editor Harold Bubil, during BuilderFest 2017.  The February 11 public event was presented by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Read Harold Bubil’s full report by clicking on the Herald Tribune article linked in the photo below (photo courtesy of Herald Tribune website / photography by HT’s Rachel O’Hara).

Sarasota Luxury Home Builder Nautilus Homes’ New Website

Sarasota luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has launched a new web site, Nautilus-Homes.com, to showcase its luxury home portfolio and building services. The new web site features a gallery of professional project photography illustrating the Nautilus approach to building finely crafted custom homes, as well as videos, testimonials, and a portfolio of available properties. The site also includes a regularly updated blog written by Nautilus president Ryan Perrone who shares his expertise and curates top stories on trending materials, resources, and superior design approaches in home building and remodeling projects.

Nelinda O’Brien is the web site guru who created the redesigned web site for Nautilus Homes.

Nautilus Homes is a preeminent luxury custom home building company based in Sarasota, Florida, serving discerning clients throughout southwest Florida. Known for its trademark Jewel Box® homes and concierge-level construction, Nautilus Homes was founded in 2010. For more information, call 941.366.3650.

Spice Bay Sale Sets Record on Siesta Key

Spice Bay Sale Sets Record Price for Past Year on Siesta Key
Nautilus Homes Breaks Ground on Next Model Home

January 27, 2017 / Sarasota, FL — A 3,765-square-foot Siesta Key home sold on January 20, 2017 for $2.235 million, the highest-priced residential non waterfront sale for the past year. The three-bedroom, three and a half-bath home is located at 1219 Sharswood Lane, in the exclusive, 14-lot, bayfront community of Spice Bay on the southerly end of Siesta Key. Built in 2010 by Sarasota builder Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes, and designed by architect Clifford Scholz, the home was the first of the Perrone’s trademarked Jewel Box® homes and captured the 2010 Parade of Homes Winner distinctions in its class for Best Curb Appeal, Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Architectural Detail, and Best Overall.

Nautilus Homes will break ground in February on a new 4,827-square-foot home at 1214 Sharswood Lane in Spice Bay, directly across the street from this most recent sale. The new model home, called the “Shearwater,” is another Jewel Box® home, also designed by Scholz. The energy-efficient “Shearwater” offers two master suites, four and a half baths, a glass-enclosed wine room, deeded boat dock, an outdoor kitchen, custom mahogany entry door, pool, hot tub, and outdoor fire pit. Listed for $3,095,000, the “Shearwater” is ready for a buyer to join the design process and imprint a personal style on the home before construction begins.

The community of Spice Bay was conceptualized by Perrone Construction, which conceived the subdivision’s design approach around a West Indies lifestyle and architecture. Perrone Construction toured the Caribbean to study and bring to Sarasota a genuine Colonial West Indies style to the subdivision’s features and architecture — everything from the cobblestone roads mimicking those found in old San Juan to the verandas and plantation-style shutters of the homes, to the lush, island-style landscaping. Homes in Spice Bay range from $2-7 million; all homes have dock access and 11 have deeded boat slips.

Nautilus Homes was founded in 2010 by Ryan Perrone, focused on concierge-level, luxury custom home building. The company’s Jewel Box® homes are noted for superior layout, features, and finish, encapsulated in smart-sized homes designed for entertaining and a relaxed, luxurious lifestyle. For more information, contact Nautilus Homes at 941.366.3650.

Designing Your Sarasota Home For Resale

It’s a Sarasota design question we are almost invariably asked. It goes something like this: “We don’t foresee ever selling this home but if we decide to we want to make sure we are building it to be marketable. Is there something we should be doing that we are not? Is there something we are doing that we shouldn’t?”

 

To create a home that is marketable on the high end isn’t difficult but does take experience. You want to understand the family that would consider the home, you also want to think about how tastes may change over time. There is a formula that we have followed and our clients have been very successful with. If you track the homes that we have built which have gone up for resale you’ll find that they beat the market, significantly in most cases. The same goes for the homes we’ve built on speculation, there’s a formula that just works.

 

Purchasing a desirable piece of land is important, not just in terms of the property itself but the location, the desirability of the area and the appeal of the neighboring properties on the street. This takes some local knowledge but it also takes some experience. When we seek out properties for our own company we seek out properties which are special in one way or another. Recently we purchased a single parcel of land on Bird Key, we divided it into two lots because a single canal front property on Bird Key had never sold for the price we needed to get for it. The property was special because it looked directly down the canal rather than across a narrow canal at another property, Bird Key has been very sought after for a long time now and these things combined with the price we were able to get it for made it a winning situation.

Design is critical though, and in the scheme of things equal to if not more so than location. I know this is counter to the commonly held belief but hear me out. I keep pretty close tabs on the real estate market here. Location is of little consequence if you choose poor design. Good design will always have a tough fight against a poor location. The synergy of a great design in a great location pays off not just when you go to sell but in the general enjoyment of your home.

 

So, design is important, we get it. Well, choosing the right design style and engaging the right architect is critical as well. At the end of what I like to call the “Mediterranean era” we would have clients come into our office and when we’d ask them what they wanted to build the consensus was “anything but Mediterranean”. Now for the record, I find the Mediterranean style beautiful in all of its subsets, done right I think its one of the most adaptable and fun architectural styles there is. The problem is, these people were referring to the “bastardized” Mediterranean style, the ones that were being built by track homebuilders who really didn’t take the time to understand the architectural style, the details or anything else about the homes they were building. Because they aren’t timeless, they age. They were a trend and now they are difficult to sell. Some of their hallmarks were a skip troweled stucco finish, large every fake looking and almost always out of scale foam “gingerbread”, aluminum soffits, poorly scaled and designed entryways the list goes on and on. When you can tie a home to a decade, it becomes hard to sell, when a home is timeless its very easy to attract buyers.

 

For resale, especially if its a long way off design needs to be timeless and I cannot stress enough the value of a talented architect. There are things that can be done to create a home that makes it easier for a future buyer to decide on. We’ve made accommodations for future elevators in homes where the owners had no intention of ever having one. We’ve made homes handicapped compliant. We’ve built 3 bedroom homes for clients who never planned on having guests stay the night. The idea is to envision the potential future buyer. They probably aren’t that different from you but perhaps you may want to add another bay in their garage for what may be their car collection, the extra space isn’t going to hurt you! And definitely research and hire a great architect for a great Sarasota design. The people who are putting it all together have to be great too so make sure to give us a call!