London Bay Homes has earned its reputation by building luxury homes in Southwest Florida’s most exclusive neighborhoods for nearly three decades.
And while homebuyer interest in custom building continues to grow, renovation is gaining in popularity among homeowners who prefer to modify their current home to fit their styles of today.
“When you bought or built your home five or 10 years ago, it may have been perfect for your needs at the time. But over the years, styles have changed,” said London Bay Homes President and CEO Mark Wilson. “Maybe you’ve added grandchildren into your life or developed a new hobby that requires a dedicated and specialized space. Or you find yourself living in a Mediterranean-style home when your design preference skews more coastal contemporary these days. Whatever the reason is, our team works to meld past with present preferences to create seamless new home designs.”
This was especially true for one family who had their eyes set on a home in Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. While the home had stunning views and great “bones,” its 20-year old façade left some elements to be desired.
The Hellers asked London Bay Renovation to weigh in on the four-bedroom, five-bath residence that caught their attention, and as a collective group, concluded the home needed a complete interior redesign, coupled with some exterior modifications.
“It is the second London Bay home we have had, with the first being new construction,” said Karen Heller. “As satisfied London Bay homeowners, when we decided to do a whole house renovation, we didn’t hesitate to work with them again. We knew we would receive excellent workmanship, the highest quality and that they would stand behind everything they did. “
The project required gutting of most of the interior – from ceilings and walls, to the electric and air conditioning systems. The master suite, a guest bedroom and the laundry room remained intact. The plan also called for adding an additional 500 square feet for a new guest suite to accommodate visiting family and friends.
“We took a home that was quite dated and focused on a renovation to open up common spaces to the views outside,” said Dan DiComo, business development manager for London Bay Renovation. “The interior renovation focused on updating the old angular plan with a new rectilinear design that reclaimed wasted space and modernized the home.”
Opening common spaces to enhance outdoor views was an equally important goal. The revised plan introduced a great room that opens up to the outdoor living area enhancing the overall livability and function of the home.
To update the home’s Neo-Mediterranean exterior, the team retained the arched doorway but eliminated precast elements and heavy details around the entrance. Eschewing the dated terracotta and ochre palette, the exterior was painted to create a fresh lightness, with a dark tone introduced on the garage door and tile roof for dramatic contrast. The transformation continued by adding Bermuda shutters and dark trim to create a clean and timeless design that will look great in another 20 years, and beyond.
“We are thrilled with our newly renovated home,” added Karen Heller. “The end result did not disappoint. It is a dream home that we will enjoy for years with our children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.”
The home was recently recognized by the Collier Building Industry Association’s Sand Dollar Awards program for a top award in the $800,001-$900,000 category for Best Whole House Remodel.
London Bay Renovation covers the spectrum of home-improvement services, from complete interior and exterior makeovers and room additions, to kitchen and bath renovations and architectural and design accents. The company’s commitment to “Private Label Living” ensures each project reflects the individual client and the home they envision.
London Bay Renovation works in Southwest Florida’s most exclusive neighborhoods to renovate luxury homes and condominiums built by both London Bay Homes and other builders. Its in-house team of experts includes designers and contractors, construction management and the award-winning design professionals working together to develop inspired design solutions that are in total alignment with homeowners’ goals.
The experience is complimented by London Bay Homes’ personalized design process through its Selection Studio. The 3,500-square-foot studio showcases the latest design trends – from flooring and cabinet selections to countertops and appliances, clients can enjoy a smooth renovation process all under one roof.
In addition to the expertise it brings to each project, London Bay Renovation also makes the remodeling process as easy as possible for homeowners. “We offer all design and construction services under one roof, whether someone is building from the ground up or renovating,” said DiComo.