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Harwick Homes presents a Bonita Bay remodeling dream come true

Harwick Homes has announced a unique building opportunity within the award-winning community of Bonita Bay located at 27310 Oak Knoll Drive. Adhering to recent changes to the Florida building code, Harwick Homes has announced the opportunity to remodel a lakefront property in Bonita Bay that stands well above the flood elevation level. Being above the flood elevation level makes it more economical and logical to remodel this property, adding to its value while retaining the current structure.

Bonita Bay remodeling project

With these modifications to the Florida building code mandating one foot of “freeboard” above the FEMA Flood Map elevation, many Bonita Bay homes fall below this base elevation, limiting the owner’s ability to remodel or repair the home

as the 50% rule takes hold only allowing for a remodel budget of 50% of the value of the home (land not included). This home, however, is one of the limited properties in Bonita Bay standing well above base flood level—meaning your vision has no limits.

Harwick is marketing this property as a remodel opportunity with great potential. “We are thrilled to offer home buyers the chance to live in a classic Old Florida style home updated to today’s standards, at a very desirable budget. Properties like this don’t come around very often, and our team is excited about the opportunity to work on this residence that is situated in such a great location within the community,” says Harwick Homes President Mark Smith.

If properly remodeled, the total cost could be well under that of a new home and far better than trying to remodel a home below the base flood elevation level. This Oak Knoll lot possesses a number of qualities that differentiate it from the vast majority of homes in the community. The lakefront property is above base flood level, not impacted by the new 50% rule and is extremely well built with the existing concrete structural elements.

Each jurisdiction or city has the right to enforce the FEMA flood elevation as they see fit. The more strictly the City of Bonita Springs enforces the FEMA regulations, the greater the savings the entire area receives for flood insurance. Bonita Springs does this process in arrears, meaning any work performed in the past five years counts toward the new buyer’s total. In buying a home that has been previously lived in, it is imperative to do a permit search and understand what the past or current owner has done to the property.

When considering the possibility of living in Bonita Bay, this Oak Knoll lot is incredibly unique because it affords homeowners the opportunity to live in a newly renovated home above the flood elevation at a cost effective rate, particularly compared to building a new home or remodeling a home below the flood elevation. All complete with a special Harwick touch – where the difference is in the details.

Harwick Homes specializes in building custom homes and remodeling homes to meet client budgets, needs, and expectations.

About Harwick Homes
Press coverage by WCG. Harwick Homes has been creating and remodeling homes of distinction in southwest Florida for over 25 years, building new luxury homes priced from $1 million to more than $10 million in many of the region’s most exclusive neighborhoods and communities. The company also builds private residences on individual home sites along the Gulf of Mexico and offers full-service interior and exterior renovations, additions and space-planning services.

Harwick Homes is located at 3368 Woods Edge Circle, Unit 101 in Bonita Springs, Florida. For more information, call (239) 498-0801, email or visit online at