For three decades, London Bay Homes has earned its reputation by building luxury homes in Southwest Florida’s most exclusive neighborhoods. And while homebuyer interest in custom building continues to grow, renovation is gaining in popularity among homeowners who prefer to remain in place and modify their current home to fit their desires.
Perhaps after years of enjoyment, the home that they once thought was perfect begins to show the signs of much-needed updates. Maybe they now have grandchildren and need additional bedrooms or baths, or developed a new hobby that requires a dedicated and specialized space. Or they might find themselves living in a Mediterranean-style home when their design preference skews more coastal contemporary these days.
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.
“A homebuyer may find a house they like, but there are almost always some caveats,” said Bill Blanchard, Director of Construction for London Bay Renovation. “London Bay Renovation guides clients through their initial hesitation by considering the challenges and presenting opportunities for thoughtful, well-designed solutions. We move the needle from a client liking a potential new home, to loving it wholeheartedly.”
London Bay Renovation recently collaborated with clients who purchased a home in Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community, and brought to life a vision that made their Southwest Florida retreat their own. London Bay Renovation completely transformed the views – indoors and out – in a dramatic update of their new home in the Lucarno neighborhood.
“Renovating allowed them to personalize and modernize their home with a team that puts design and quality first,” said Blanchard.
Along with refreshing the kitchen and modernizing the master bath, the team re-envisioned the original pool placement to design an elegant courtyard with a fountain and firepit and maximized space behind the home to create the ultimate lake-view outdoor living area with an updated outdoor kitchen, custom pool, and lush landscaping.
While the kitchen footprint remained the same, the end result is a completely refreshed space with more storage and improved work flow. Dated raised panel maple cabinets were replaced with a modern white Shaker-style version featuring illuminated glass uppers that fill the space with light. A new stainless range hood complements both the dove grey glass tile backsplash and the driftwood-finished island, where tan granite was swapped out for cool white quartz with grey veining. The oven was repositioned closer to the stovetop and sink, creating the ideal triangle workspace configuration.
To make the great room more cohesive, the team re-squared the arch between kitchen, living and dining spaces, but retained a series of repeating arches between the kitchen, pantry and hall to keep the passage cohesive.
London Bay Renovation also tackled the home’s bathrooms with style. The biggest change was in the master bath, where the jacuzzi tub and its tiled deck were removed in favor of a new modern-minded, oversized glass enclosed shower with a rainfall shower-head and a trio of windows. A linen area and private water closet flank the shower and brighten the space with transom windows. In place of a traditional dual-sink vanity, a pair of grey marbled quartz-topped floating vanities were added to the bath.
The outdoor living area was completely reinvented. Renovations included updating the outdoor kitchen with driftwood-inspired cabinetry and enhancing the wall behind the grill and refrigerator with a tile backsplash. Resquaring the trio of arches that originally marked the transition to the lawn was a key element of the renovation, according to Blanchard.
“Lifting the arches up lets more light in,” said Blanchard, adding that the new custom pool was a major enhancement to the outdoor living area, with a signature water feature and built-in sun shelves. “It’s now an oasis for the whole family to enjoy.”
Removing the smaller courtyard pool allowed the team to reinvent the function of the space. Their sophisticated fountain and fire pit is an attractive vignette from several vantage points around the home, and now presents an intimate gathering space.
“Our goal is to create a timeless design that will look great in another 20 years, and beyond,” added Blanchard. “London Bay is renowned for good design, whether it’s a new home or a renovation.”
London Bay Renovation services range from partial interior renovations like kitchen and bath remodels to exterior enhancements like door and window replacements all the way to complete interior and exterior makeovers and room additions. 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.
“London Bay offers design and construction services under one roof, so whether someone is building from the ground up or renovating, our clients don’t have to manage multiple contractors,” said Blanchard.