Sarasota Modern Architecture

What is Sarasota Mod Weekend

“There’s a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation. Sarasota’s one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it.”

— Carl Abbott FAIAAmerican Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture


Sarasota MOD Weekend 2019 Sarasota Architectural Foundation


What is SarasotaMOD?

Sarasota architecture truly has something special.

SarasotaMOD Weekend 2019 gives us a highly unique opportunity to bring a 21st century encore to the Sarasota Modern movement, which flourished from 1941-1966.

Featured in the New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and Architectural Digest, the 6th annual event is presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, which brings awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture (also known as Sarasota Modern) movement “helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.” The organization works with government leaders, awards scholarships, and presents ongoing films, lectures, and tours educating the community.

Learn more about the foundation here.

The Sarasota School of Architecture is a regional style of post-war modern architecture that emerged on Florida’s Central West Coast, specifically focused in Sarasota, Florida. A Sarasota Modern home is often “characterized by open-plan structures, often with large planes of glass to facilitate natural illumination and ventilation, that address the unique indigenous requirements of the regional climate”. Several of the Sarasota Modern pioneering architects’ careers were launched by this style and several important buildings remain today.

Check out more on the Sarasota School of Architecture below!


What are the must sees?

This year’s theme is Sarasota in the Sixties instead of highlighting on architect, they are entertaining a broader range of features of that decade. The weekend is chock full of fun events. Here are some of our favorites!

SarasotaMOD Weekend Opening Party, $50

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  • The Sarasota Modern (map)

Kick off SarasotaMOD Weekend at The Sarasota Modern, a downtown luxury boutique hotel. Capture the spirit of “Sarasota in the Sixties” at our poolside party with music by The Shindigs, a Beach Boys tribute band. You and your guests will enjoy a fun, hip 1960s vibe and decor, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet provided by The Sarasota Modern Hotel, the Official Hotel of SarasotaMOD Weekend. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early.


Saturday Morning Program: “Sarasota in the Sixties”, $50

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  • Holley Hall (map)

*Includes Breakfast

Join SAF as it explores Sarasota’s development in the 1960s. The morning begins with the screening of a wonderfully retro promotional short “David of Sarasota,” produced by the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1965. Native Floridian John McCarthy, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point, will provide a colorful overview of the town during this this decade, followed by a panel of architects and historians moderated by Christopher Domin, co-author of “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses.” The morning will finish with a talk by Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith, providing insight into his work of the 1960s. Special thanks to SAF’s educational program partner, the Sarasota Art Museum.

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Lido Shores Self-Guided Walking Tours $50 (can also be bundled with the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio for $75)

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  • Lido Shores (map)

After a hiatus in 2018, this tour is back by popular demand, with returning favorites and new gems to explore. Lido Shores was developed by Philip Hiss, who designed many of the early houses and also commissioned local architects such as Tim Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman and Paul Rudolph. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Lido Shores as you stroll through the neighborhood, a midcentury modern gem itself. Interiors of many private homes will be accessible to ticket holders.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note: timed tours of the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio must be purchased with ticket bundle.

The Nautilus Homes team will be volunteering to help out with these as well so come and say hello to us! Also, check out our brand new build at 1240 Westway Dr. right in the middle of the tour!


Yoga at the Umbrella House $30

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  • Lido Shores (map)

Experience a rare opportunity to salute the sun at what Architectural Digest named “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century.” Yoga practice led by Kris Galea, Yoga From The Heart.

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“Making Your Mid-Century Modern an Architectural Gem” Sunday AM Panel Discussion, FREE EVENT

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  • BOTA Center (map)

Join SAF and visit our friends at Hive Architects at the BOTA Center in the Rosemary District, as we provide ideas about how to save a mid-century modern structure and bring it up-to-date. The panel will include the BOTA Center’s developer and architects, as well as local homeowners who have updated their homes with today’s tastes in mind. Learn about the architectural gems of Sarasota — the celebrated structures we know and love, as well as the hidden treasures. What are the features that characterize mid-century modern homes in southwest Gulfcoast Florida? How can these homes be adapted for today’s challenges without compromising their original designs? Learn how to preserve your architectural treasure from homeowners, architects and builders who will share their stories as well as offer ideas and practical advice.

“Sunset at Plymouth Harbor” MOD Closing Party $100

As the sixth annual SarasotaMOD draws to a close, join us at the innovative Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay. Plymouth Harbor, designed in 1966 by Frank Folsom Smith and Louis S. Schneider, serves as a fantastic backdrop for the SAF’s “Sarasota in the Sixties” closing party. A great opportunity to end SarasotaMOD Weekend and enjoy an amazing sunset on Plymouth Harbor’s pool terrace. Light bites, drinks, 1960s entertainment, tours of Plymouth Harbor and more await at this landmark piece of architectural history in Sarasota.

There are tons of tours including trolley tours around downtown, Siesta Key, Southgate, tours of the Cocoon House and the Revere Quality House. There is truly something for everyone interested in Sarasota history and architecture.


How do I sign up?

You can get your tickets here!

We want to thank the Sarasota Architectural Foundation for putting on this event, and we really look forward to putting our time and energy into honoring the history and unique architecture of Sarasota.

Happy SarasotaMOD weekend!

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Our Senior Superintendent on “What makes our jobs run so smoothly?”

When building luxury homes in Sarasota, Florida the difference is in the details. Today, we’re letting you in on some of our secret sauce- what makes Nautilus job sites run so smoothly keeping jobs on time, within budget, and clients (and subcontractors!) happy and confident. Our senior superintendent, Brad describes what it’s like on a Nautilus jobsite.

Brad was introduced to the construction industry at a young age. His father was a general contractor in Central Florida, and expressed the importance of integrity, loyalty, attention to detail and hard work. Prior to starting his construction career, he spent 15 years as the Director of Facility Management for Proffitt’s, Parisian’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue overseeing 300+ stores totaling 19.4 million square feet of operations.


Brad spent 19 years as Director of Construction developing commercial buildings, multifamily developments, and custom oceanfront homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His priority has always been client relations and delivering above expectations.

In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, building custom furniture, and enjoying the great outdoors.

So, we sat down with Brad to get some questions answered for you? How DOES Nautilus run such smooth  and ahead of schedule jobs?

While the processes were developed in the office, the field leadership team is largely responsible for ensuring success for our clients. That’s why we only hire the best!

Hear what Brad has to say below!

1. What drew you to work for Sarasota luxury home builder, Nautilus homes?

The opportunity to work with a builder that understands the importance of details and that quality and efficiency can be accomplished harmoniously while delivering above expectations was what drew me to Ryan Perrone and the team he has assembled here at Nautilus Homes.



 2. What makes the job site experience with Nautilus Homes different from what you’ve experienced in the past?

The job site experience here at Nautilus is one that is well thought out, efficiently scheduled, clearly communicated, taking it to the next level kind of site that will never accept “good enough” workmanship. The Nautilus team is an expansive knowledge base that draws on each of our strengths to delivery a product above all the rest while always looking for ways to improve the process.


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 3. What processes/operations does Nautilus utilize ensure our jobs run smoothly and on schedule?

Nautilus Homes is a top luxury home builder in Sarasota. We have several processes in place that we draw on for daily support that make the difference in being the best. A really solid construction management software is the backbone of our daily operations starting with detailed daily report, integrated scheduling, efficient RFI process and a smooth submittal program to ensure everything is documented and up to the minute information availability. Clearly defined expectations, time tested management practices and the equipment to support the process I believe elevates Nautilus Homes above the rest of the competition. Countless hours have been spent developing the processes that we utilize daily and are always be improved upon as we grow.

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4. What is it like working on a Nautilus job site?

I find working on a Nautilus job site enjoyable because the expectations are clearly defined for not only myself, but for the sub contractors as well. Each Nautilus jobsite is run by the same set of rules so the sub contractor knows when he comes to a Nautilus job site, he needs to come prepared, follow the rules, and step up his game because anything less than that is unacceptable.  We work closely with our sub contractors and have fun doing it with the understanding Nautilus is about taking it to the next level.


 5. How does it feel to be building one of our landmark homes, Shibusa?

Shibusa is the balance of simplicity and complexity and has taken on a life of it’s own.  It’s not just a house, but a piece of art that will be revered throughout the years, but strong enough to protect its occupants. Back in April, I planted a few seeds in the form of grade beams and pilings and each day Shibusa continues to grow with daily care and attention until it will bloom in the summer of 2020. I love how the textures change as the weather changes, early morning is different than mid day and in the evening it changes yet again.  How cool is that.  I am honored to be part of the development of Shibusa.

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Joe and Gwen Kelly Hive Architects

Inside the Minds of Two Great Visionaries- Interview with Hive Architects

Inside the Minds of Two Great Visionaries- Interview with Hive Architects

Sit back, grab a cup of something cozy, and get ready to go inside the minds of two of Sarasota’s most influential up-and-coming architects. Joe and Gwen Kelly, who struck up a chemistry in…well chemistry class while at University of Florida have spent decades building up their knowledge and experience working with prestigious architects in the area. Just as they promised each other in college, they recently launched their long awaited dream firm- Hive Architects. Nautilus is honored to be bringing their newest vision, Shibusa, to life. We have enjoyed working with and getting to know them on this project and decided to sit down, dig even deeper, and learn a little more about what makes them tick. Keep reading to see our new project and see what brings them their creative inspiration.


Joe and Gwen Kelly Hive Architects

Interview With Nautilus Homes How did you get started in your career?

When we were in college, we both had majors in the medical field. We quickly realized that we were
lacking passion for this academic branch so we decided to seek another path and took an aptitude test
to determine what we would be best at. Our test results were identical with architecture at the top of
the list. With almost no knowledge about architecture, we both enrolled at the University of Florida
College of Design, Construction, and Planning in Gainesville. Passion for architecture struck us the first
day we attended our Design 1 class. We looked at each other and agreed that one day we would have
our own architecture practice.

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Joe Kelly Hive Architects

Gwen Leroy-Kelly Hive Architects

Interview With Nautilus Homes What about your career gets you out of bed every day?

There are so many facets and scales to creativity in architecture. From problem solving, to the
conception of 3D spaces, to structural composition and its constructability, to the coordination of
materials and finishes, they are all part of a thought process that started from an idea that one day will
become a concrete habitable structure. It’s rewarding when a project is completed and you see your
Client enjoying the spaces you’ve designed for them.



Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Interview With Nautilus Homes What do you foresee as the next trend or movement in your industry?

Over the past 20 years designing residential projects, we have seen an ever increasing demand for
interior square footage and larger footprints. The home owners’ demand for additional interior floor
area is not necessarily because people need more space. It is usually based on the false perception
that more space equates to a better life. However, contrary to the northern climate where people
spend most of their time indoors due to poor weather, Florida’s climate contributes to people living
outside as much as inside. The patio, courtyard, or backyard become an outdoor room and an
extension of the interior spaces blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. A trend within
our office is to conceive designs that are efficient in all aspects of space planning utilizing less area,
and promoting continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, an efficient foot print is
more economical, sustainable, and practical.


Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL



Interview With Nautilus Homes Tell us about the new project you’ve been working on with Nautilus Homes.

Shibusa is a Japanese concept related to the aesthetic philosophy of simplicity and modesty with
refinement in the details. Hive’s design for this residential project embodies this notion with a balance
between the simplicity of form and the complexity of the details. The main structure is a simple
elevated L-shaped volume that is articulated by the application and composition of different materials
and architectural elements such as board-formed concrete, wood siding, and powder coated vertical
sun-screens. During the initial dialogue about Shibusa, Nautilus immediately understood the integral
importance of the conceptual idea and the resulting built environment. Prior to construction, Ryan and
his team assisted us in researched materials and construction methods that would best suit the
resulting outcome. It was evident to us that the relationship between Hive and Nautilus was symbiotic
in the desire to bring Shibusa to life.


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Interview With Nautilus Homes What is one thing that clients building a new home frequently overlook?

There is a sequence of steps that is part of the design and construction process that have to take
place for any project to become reality. Most clients that are not familiar with the fields of architecture
and construction overlook the importance and the time involved in developing a comprehensive and
accurate set of plans. The construction documents are a road map and communication tool for the
contractor to configure the construction of the project from the foundations, to the structural
framework, to the finish materials, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and so many more
elements. Not only it is important for the contractor to have a complete set of plans, it is also
important for the clients as the plans document everything that will be included in their new home
and also will help determine the accurate cost of the project prior to construction.


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Interview With Nautilus Homes Where do you get your creative inspiration?

While we were in college, we took a seminar to study the mid-century Case Study Houses program
developed in California. This post-war experimental movement for modern residential architecture
utilized new construction materials and methods with simplicity of form and expression of structural
systems. During the same era, the Sarasota School of Architecture movement emerged in a parallel
manner but was differentiated by its adaptation to Florida’s subtropical climate. Some of these midcentury
structures were so well conceived that they are still relevant today and therefore timeless. We
take inspiration on the architectural concepts engendered by these modern movements. These
include simple volumes and lines with a strong emphasis on the expression of the structural systems,
as well as, architectural components that respond to the Florida’s climate like deep overhangs
shading large expanses of glass, slatted brise-soleil, windows and sliding doors strategically located
to provide cross ventilation, and the continuation of materials from inside to outside to stretch the
space beyond the limit of its physical boundary.


Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL  Hive Architects Sarasota, FL


Interview With Nautilus Homes Tell us about your own dream home? What would be important to you?

It is our dream to design a house for ourselves that would be inspired by the Sarasota School of
Architecture movement but adapted to today’s way of living. We prefer a smaller and efficiently
configured home that can be opened up to the outdoors. It is important to us to have an open floor
plan for the main “public” spaces such as the kitchen, living room, and dining room, but we believe
the open floor plan concept should extend outwards and encompass portions of the outdoor spaces.
Large operable windows or moving screen walls can help define such spaces and control or filter
natural light and outside views. The idea behind this configuration is that the habitable structure
should not stand by itself as a foreign object in the landscape, on the contrary, it should be
completely integrated into it with an interplay of “push and pull” utilizing architectural and landscape


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Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder

Presenting Old Grove

“This New Old House”


The Old Grove was brought to life as a forever home for a violinist and his ballerina wife. The family, having traveled to orchestral halls around the world has very distinct architectural taste and expectations.

Antebellum Charleston Style Estate

Old Grove


They purchased the 7 acres of Spanish moss draped, Florida river front landscape over ten years prior to this build, slowly drawing their dream home. The lot was a part of the Gamble Sugar plantation, Florida’s only surviving plantation home built in 1840. They requested a home resembling the longest standing structures in north America such as Drayton Hall built in 1747 with the conveniences and bright, open feel of a new build.




The family drew their style inspiration from classic and traditional architecture, taking inspiration from Beaufort, South Carolina and Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. Designed for airiness and coolness, the “Beaufort Style” incorporated elements of Georgian and Colonial architecture as well as those of Greek Revival and semi-tropical Spanish.



Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


The family chose Philip T. Shutze award-winning designer, William B. Litchfield of Atlanta. In preparation for construction, the Nautilus Homes team traveled to visit Drayton Hall to understand the architectural building techniques of the period to ensure the home would hold historic integrity.


The home was designed and crafted to maintain the historic, traditional feel yet filled with playful and creative details. Some of these include painted striped floors and swinging diner door in the pantry, rolling ladder in the laundry room, antique hardware throughout, gas lanterns, brick floors, reclaimed wood, and hidden storage. The home features authentic materials including Loewen windows, Signature mahogany entry doors, Timberlane shutters, coffered ceiling, solid oak flooring, gas lanterns at the front entry, an elevator, conventionally framed roof with a huge attic for the kid to play in, custom cabinetry and millwork creating elaborate, grand spaces.





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The home is so historically accurate, most guests will ask when the renovations started or how old the plantation is. They are shocked to hear that it is brand new which is a testament to the teams diligence in maintaining historic integrity in the build.

One of the most interesting aspects of the home is that it is exquisitely complex, yet creates a sense of calm. This is due to the depth of care that all parties involved put into the home. In a time where simple, clean structures are the fad, we are bucking the norm and embracing the talented craftspeople that we have in this area.





The Old Grove home truly captures the clients’ personality and character and will stand as a testament to their family and their passion for classical arts for generations and has been affectionately been referred to as “the new old house”.







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Old Grove Chosen to be Featured in Houzz Editorial

Nautilus Homes was recognized with the honor of being on the front page of the popular home improvement and interior design site Houzz. The article, “New This Week: 5 Great Laundry Room Ideas” featured outstanding design in laundry rooms around the the US and Canada. We appreciate the article highlighting a room that is often forgotten but a great opportunity to utilize space creatively in a home.

The home that was featured was Old Grove – a grand Charleston style estate recently finished by the Nautilus team. This home is full of well-thought-out design details, so check out the portfolio for more images!

Nautilus Homes along with the Atlanta based designer, William B. Litchfield of William. B. Litchfield Designs were featured among some of the best including Soda Pop Designs, Beautiful Chaos Designs, and Amrami Design Group. 

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Antebellum Estate Charleston Style Laundry Room


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Rio Vista Estates

Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team

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Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team

Nautilus Homes is honored to have been chosen among the exclusive, preferred builders to construct homes in Rio Vista Estates, the third and final phase of the award-winning The Islands on the Manatee River community.

The Best of The Best
The Islands on the Manatee River is renowned for its homes of architectural excellence. In the last four years, the community has garnered award-winning accolades for its model homes from Parade of Homes, as presented by the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry. In being named among the exclusive builder team for Rio Vista Estates, Nautilus Homes has been recognized as a local, experienced and talented custom home builder that understand and share the vision of The Islands as a community of elegance, style and exceptional quality.

What to Expect
With 65 estate-sized waterfront homesites, Rio Vista Estates boasts picturesque harbors and navigable access to the Manatee River and onward to the Gulf of Mexico. Adding to the appeal of Rio Vista Estates is the architectural flair of the Caribbean. Each of the preferred builders will offer custom-suited homes in varying shades of white, with metal and barrel tile roofs, tropical landscaping and distinguishing architectural details. All homes will carry a Spanish Colonial and traditional or modern West Indies design.

In Ryan’s Words
Best Home Builder in Sarasota FL“We are thrilled to be among the sought-after homebuilders trusted to ensure the most innovative, distinguished neighborhood of The Islands on the Manatee River comes to life with the vision, refined style and quality of its developers,” said Ryan Perrone, owner of Nautilus Homes. “We take pride in our craftsmanship and attention to detail, and look forward to working with homeowners to make the construction process both seamless and enjoyable.”

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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.”

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

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.

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!

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.


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

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