Living Art

Living Art
Stewart Bennett, owner of Ampersand Construction, describes it best: “This house was designed to exhibit artwork, but it is a piece of art in and of itself.” The Bird Key beauty was built for form and function, using unconventional materials requiring minimum maintenance and unusual methods dema...

Total Transformation

Total Transformation
Mike Cocozza of Trinity Construction & Design raves, “I love renovations! I built my business on renovations!” Architect Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects chimes in, “They’re fun and they’re challenging!” noting this is the fifth Mediterranean-to-coastal-contemporary conversion he has ...

Bayfront Bungalow

Bayfront Bungalow
Perhaps builder Dan Gagne of Gagne Construction could have renovated the older home nestled among the mangroves on Millar Bay — it needed new air conditioning, a new roof, and termite remediation for starters. However even if restored to pristine condition, the home would still be larger than what...

Eternal Sunset

Eternal Sunset
Spectacular sunsets and luxurious living are two enduring qualities at L’Ambiance on Longboat Key. Units at the popular condominium community don’t come on the market often, but when they do, they generally sell swiftly. New owners are likely to embark on remodeling the 1990s-era residences, fro...

Mediterranean Makeover

Mediterranean Makeover
“Ninety-five percent of my firm’s business is remodels. We enjoy transforming old things and making them look fresh and new,” says Edward Kalenichenko of KALEN Construction & Design. “This was a solid home, we didn’t have to take out any walls or reconfigure the floor plan. In most of ...

Lasting Quality

Lasting Quality
Much of what makes this golf course home in The Oaks Club community in Osprey unique is not visible to the naked eye. Two years in the making, the home was built on the site of a teardown and designed to fit the lot. “The owners are residents in the community and wanted to build a quality spec hom...

Trendy Yet Timeless

Trendy Yet Timeless
Combining current trends and timeless features, this home melds British West Indies architecture with the ever-popular coastal-contemporary style. The exterior’s clean lines are complemented by classic choices: decorative columns, traditional railings, shutters, and corbels. Inside, dark wood mite...

Designer Q&A

Designer Q&A
Jessica Holmes Holiday founded her firm, HSH Designs, as a way to share her passion for design with others. For every project, Holiday makes it her mission to connect with her clients and deliver a design that turns their house into a home.  We sat down...

Refined Beauty

Refined Beauty
Beauty in simplicity is what drives the interior design of this waterside home in Country Club East of Lakewood Ranch — one of the Sarasota neighborhoods that STOCK Development frequently builds in. “Designed for the way we live, it is neither precious nor formal, but rather a collection of warm...

Brilliance on the Bay

Brilliance on the Bay
Along Tampa Bay stretches the prominent Bayshore Boulevard, with a white classical balustrade by the blue waters, and a lasting sidewalk that stretches beside the historic skyline and tropical views. Principal architect Stephen Smith at Cooper Johnson Smith Peterson Architects shares his design phil...

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

Equivalent to the iconic “little black dress,” this contemporary 4,022-square-foot lakefront home is a must-have. It’s stylish, effortless, and timeless…and like its fashion counterpart, once you own it, you can never go wrong. The home, that was originally built as a model, is...

Stravagante Design

Stravagante Design

Welcome to this penthouse filled with whimsy and unexpected details.  Sip your aperitivo and whet your appetite for exquisite design filled with illusions and stravagante. “This residence was a 14-month build out on the 19th f...

Miraculous Makeover

Miraculous Makeover

Designer Ed Biggs is not a man afraid to speak his mind. When it came to his first visit to the site of a proposed condo renovation, the words he used were “vanilla” and “generic,” and those were some of the kinder descriptions. “I walked through the condo with the new homeow...

Minimalist Masterpiece

Minimalist Masterpiece

On an elongated lot, perpendicular to Sarasota Bay, sits a house that is a masterwork in minimalism. According to Designing Buildings Wiki, legendary architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mieus Van der Rohe believed that minimalism condensed the content and form of a design to ...