Nautilus Homes: Taking Inspiration From Tuscany and Curacao

Back in October of 2014, Nautilus Homes was featured in Architects and Artisans to discuss the rich influence that homes in Tuscany and Curacao have on the homes we build in Sarasota, Florida.

I feel that it’s my duty as president here at Nautilus Homes to often travel to places like Umbria and Curacao in order to get real life samples of the architecture and style.

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Were 2015 Home Design and Remodeling Trends Predicted Correctly?

In early 2015, Nautilus Homes was featured in two different articles on the Home Finder blog. There, we discussed our thoughts on the 2015 home design and 2015 home remodeling trends. Let’s go over the trends and see if they came true or if we can inspire you to to makeover your space and raise the overall value of your home.

The Remodeling Trends Included:

  1. Open kitchen shelving
  2. Spa-inspired bathrooms
  3. Transitional kitchen and living space
  4. Mixed finishes
  5. Flush appliance installation
  6. Multi-generational design
  7. Fully functional outdoor living spaces
  8. Affordable sustainability and technology

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Sarasota Beaches Attract Home Buyers Every Year

It’s not a secret that the United States has many beautiful cities that one can opt to call home. But there is one, in particular, that has become one of the most desirable places to live in, especially for many people from the Midwestern and Northeastern states who are looking to retire to a sunny climate in an area that is tax-friendly: Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota is replete of one-of-a-kind attractions that can keep you busy, such as its dozens of lush beaches with tropical waters. According to Escape-to-Sarasota.com’s article Escape to Our Sarasota Beaches . . . and Escape Your Everyday Life, Sarasota beaches are considered to be among the most beautiful in the United States. In a national poll of the top ten beaches in the US, Siesta Key Beach was rated number one. TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards named Siesta Public Beach as the number one beach in the United States as of February 2015.

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Sarasota Offers Some of the Best Dining Options in Florida

Those who have the pleasure of living in or visiting Sarasota are quick to say one of the reasons they love the area so much is its diverse dining options. Sarasota offers something for everyone. Its eclectic restaurant offerings are one of the reasons so many people vacation in Sarasota and the neighboring Keys. Those who are food enthusiasts will love the myriad of food choices and the ever-evolving restaurant scene that introduces flavors from all over the world.

The Sarasota area offers some of the most diverse food choices in the world, with new restaurants popping up on a regular basis. Of course, no one could visit Sarasota without enjoying its delicious local seafood. Seafood definitely is a big part of the tourist draw, yet there is so much more to this area’s diverse cuisine.

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The Market Heats up for Custom Homes in Sarasota

Whether you are looking for a cozy beachfront bungalow on the sandy shores of St. Armands or a home that gives your entire family room to spread out on Longboat, finding the property you are looking for can be difficult in the hot Sarasota real estate market. With a high demand for gorgeous homes and a very limited amount of inventory to choose from, it is easy to see why an increasing number of home buyers are opting to custom build their new home.

A Look at the Sarasota Housing Market Numbers

According to Redfin, 530 single family homes and 242 condos sold in the Sarasota area in April 2015. This is a 2.6% increase from March and an 11.4% increase from the previous year. Currently, the median selling price for single family homes is $236,000 (up 13.3% from 2014) or $138 per square foot (7.8% from 2014). Sellers are getting an average of 96.3% of their original asking price. Homes in the Sarasota area are typically on the market for 157 days before a sale is complete. Overall, homes in Sarasota are selling and they are selling fast for top dollar.

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The Four Biggest Mistakes You Can Make While Building Your Dream Home in Florida

To finally have the opportunity to build your dream home is an incredible and monumental experience. However, there are mistakes and sometimes, big mistakes, that can turn building your dream home into a nightmare.

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Some things that Nautilus Homes would suggest to make this experience as pleasant, productive and efficient as possible are:

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Project Spotlight: Proportional Custom Home in Venice, Florida

Nautilus Homes’ current project in Venice, FL is one of their favorite design projects to date.  A historical and architectural buff, Nautilus Homes President Ryan Perrone thinks their Venice project has it all. “It’s very unique for the area,” Perrone says, “The style of the project is on the cutting edge, yet still maintains historical accuracy and architectural proportion.”

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This Season’s Latest Trends, not Fashion or Pantone Colors but…Custom Home Projects?

Custom-Homes-Builder-in-the-Sarasota-FL-area-NautilusCustom home building in Sarasota FL, like any industry, goes through trends. And especially within the luxury sector, unique aspects to a home can change drastically from season to season. With interesting colors, materials and add-ons, three of this season’s latest trends not only add character to a custom home project but value.

  • “Coastal Contemporary” Styling – This current trend in luxury custom home building brings about a modernization of the Old Florida home. Adding clean and contemporary lines to a historic looking frame.
  • Incorporating Natural Elements – Utilizing stone or tabby concrete (shells or rocks in the stucco finishes, like some Floridian driveways) provides an earthy feel to a project. Cedar or cypress tongue and groove wooden walls are also a current trend.
  • Making Use of Outdoor Spaces – Utilizing the outdoor space has become important to Southwest Florida homeowners this season. Adding interesting aspects to the outdoor areas like fire pits, courtyards and breezeways not only adds living square footage to a home, it also brings more value to the home. While developing outdoor spaces adds value to a home, it also cuts down on added costs like additional wall spaces and air conditioning.

At Nautilus Homes, we aim to incorporate modern trends in our custom homes and renovations, but we always respect the traditional Florida elements that make Sarasota custom homes unique. We design our homes to be timelessly elegant.

Is It Over? Four Key Items You Need To Complete a Project

Let’s face it – When you’re building a custom home in Sarasota, in the thick of things, it’s hard to know when you’ve reached the finish line. When you’re surrounded by details every day trying to finish a project, you can sometimes lose track of the bigger picture.

The front door is in place, check; the kitchen stove is hooked up, check; the faucets work, check.

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Jewel Boxes – Not Just for Grandmother’s Trinkets

Nautilus Homes’ unique specialty in constructing Jewel Box Homes has been so successful that they have had to trademark the term.

Longboat-Key-ArchitectsWe all know what an actual jewelry box is – a small, delicately and ornately hand carved box that contains your most precious and sentimental jewelry. Nautilus Homes takes this notion and applies it to luxury custom home building. Nautilus Homes focuses on quality, not size.

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