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The State of Florida first mandated statewide building codes during the 1970s at the beginning of the modern construction boom. The first law required all municipalities and counties to adopt and enforce one of the four state-recognized model codes known as the “state minimum building codes.”
In the early 1990s, a series of natural disasters, together with the increasing complexity of building construction regulation in vastly changed markets, led to a comprehensive review of the state building code system. In 2002, the Florida Legislature created a single state building code that is enforced by local governments and is updated every three years and may be amended annually to incorporate interpretations and clarifications with emphasis on uniformity and accountability.
What ever happened to customer service?
Today, simple respect and responsiveness seems to be more the exception than the rule … especially after the sale. How a homebuilder manages after-sale service, also called warranty service or call-backs, is a key indicator of…
Building a new home is one of the most important investments a family will make. In many cases it represents the single largest financial investment. The home is designed and built to provide years of pleasure, comfort, and security. It is the physical manifestation of “family” and the place where celebration and joy are expressed and experienced. […]
A big factor in someone’s choice of a builder is their comfort with the first person they meet from the company, whether it’s the owner or a sales person. Natural rapport is important, but gut feelings also play a role–feelings some homeowners aren’t sure how to interpret. […]
Renowned interior designer Sherri DuPont, founder of Collins & DuPont Design Group, teamed up with luxury estate builder Harwick Homes to win a prestigious AURORA award during the 2017 Southeast Building Conference in Orlando.
BY MICHAEL KORB
Florida Weekly Correspondent
Living in a high-rise condominium offers some serious perks. Among them: amazing views, luxurious amenities and a fabulous lack of responsibility.
And for Karen and Bill Bucy, who moved from Austin, Texas, to Naples in 2003, it was the ideal lifestyle. Their 2,700-square-foot residence in Bonita Bay certainly made living easy. Until, in 2009, they added Bichon Frise pups Sofi and Elli to the family.
Luxury custom homebuilder Harwick Homes has drawn worldwide attention thanks to the selection of one of its luxury homes as a finalist in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Competition 2017, a prestigious competition that scouts and judges the best houses on the market from all over the world.
Mark Smith, president of Harwick Homes, today announced the luxury homebuilder’s unfurnished 6,496 square foot Augusta grand estate model in Bonita Bay has sold prior to completion.
Designed by Visioinary Residential Design, LLC, and listed at $2.715 million without furnishings, the Augusta is situated on a waterfront lot in the prestigious Woodlake neighborhood, taking advantage of the coveted eastern exposure and lakefront views from every room thanks to the extraordinary transitional architectural details flowing room-to-room and floor-to-ceiling.
According to Mark Smith, president of Harwick Homes, the Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder recently began construction of a new custom estate home on Marco Island.
Designed by award-winning architect Jonathan Kukk of Kukk Architecture & Design, the 6,300 square foot private residence offers commanding waterfront views overlooking Caxambas Pass situated at the southern tip of southeast Marco Island, Florida and represents Harwick’s first residential build on the resort island.
Southwest Florida’s luxury lifestyle magazine Gulfshore Life featured Harwick Homes in a 6-page article in the April 2017 issue detailing the yearlong construction of a new custom estate home from start-to-finish. According to GSL reporter (and homeowner) Karen Tolchin, “Harwick came in on-time and on-budget. In the realm of construction, that makes them a mythical creature.”
Custom homebuilder Harwick Homes today announced their Augusta grand estate model is nearing 75% completion and is available for purchase, unfurnished, in Bonita Bay, listed at $2.715 million.
According to president Mark Smith, Augusta is situated on a waterfront lot in the prestigious Woodlake neighborhood and takes advantage of the coveted eastern exposure and lakefront views from every room.
Harwick Homes Vice President Shane Klepko offered his insights on the widespread adoption of the open floor plan style for the John R. Wood Estate Lifestyles feature story, No Place Like Home. He explained why homeowners across the country are adopting open floor plans.
“Our clients want to remove the walls separating the kitchen, pantry and formal dining room. This allows the rooms in the home to function organically and communicate a single experience.”
By capturing a seamless blend of contemporary living and a Mediterranean breeze, Harwick’s new Grey Oaks estate earned a feature in the 2017 Home & Design Magazine. Warm contemporary colors, streamlined accents, numerous fans and pocket glass doors bring a fresh flow of air and life through the home and into the outdoor living areas.
This beautiful estate is the perfect space for entertaining with its VIP Guest suites—overlooking the lake—and open common areas. “We are very pleased with the finishes of this estate,” said Mark Smith, President of Harwick Homes. “This estate is about style and elegance, inside and out and it is the perfect home for our client.”
A Talis Park beauty reflects the homeowners’ time in Southeast Asia
By Michael Korb | FL Weekly
I had a college professor who used to talk on and on about intertextuality and how that concept could be applied to life. According to him, and probably Jean-Paul Sartre, every waking second impacts and influences our future in one form or another.
That is the question heard most often from homeowners in the luxury communities.
“Luxury remodels and renovations are at an all-time high in Southwest Florida,” reports Harwick Homes vice president Shane Klepko. “Luxury estates built during the real estate boom years in the late ‘90s and early 2000s are now 15 to 20 years old and need renovation as today’s homebuyers expect a home’s interior to match its price point,” he explains.
As more estate homes continue to age and land becomes less and less available in high-demand neighborhoods and communities, the renovation market will continue to be very active, he adds.
NAPLES, Florida – Custom homebuilder Harwick Homes today announced the completed construction on a grand estate residence in the highly acclaimed Estuary at Grey Oaks Country Club community in Naples.
Naples, Florida – The well-regarded custom estate builder, Harwick Homes, has recently completed a new residence in the respected Talis Park community. The home adds to Harwick’s portfolio of successful estate projects and is a testament to their ability to meet their clients’ exact style and needs.
Naples, Florida – Harwick Homes unveils a stunning estate renovation in the upscale Bonita Bay community, located in Bonita Springs, FL. The estate remodel adds to Harwick’s portfolio of successful renovation projects, and is further testament to their ability to deliver an outstanding product.
Naples, Florida – Custom homebuilder Harwick Homes today announced the completed construction on a grand estate residence in the highly acclaimed Estuary at Grey Oaks Country Club community in Naples.
NAPLES, Florida – Harwick Homes adds a beautiful new addition to its family of homes in Grey Oaks, one of Naples most prestigious communities. This estate is further testament to Harwick’s ability to deliver an outstanding product.
NAPLES, Florida – The website Houzz is known as the premier destination for estate décor, design and construction inspiration. It’s a powerful platform for custom builders, designers and architects alike to showcase the quality of their work and connect to people in the market for their services.
NAPLES, Florida – Harwick Homes, led by Mark Smith and Shane Klepko, recently unveiled the exquisite remodel of a private estate in the esteemed Grey Oaks community. The sizable and intricate renovation exemplifies the quality and elegance that is immediately distinguishable and uniquely Harwick Homes.
NAPLES, Florida – Harwick Homes, a respected high-end custom homebuilder, has successfully completed the first rebuild in the prominent community of Bonita Bay. The home marks the beginning of a possible trend and is a significant step in the progression of the already celebrated community.
Harwick Homes is proud to announce that we have been awarded “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
Florida Weekly asked the top leaders in business throughout Southwest Florida to share their insights into the future of our economy as it relates to their field of expertise. Our very own Mark Smith provided his take on the building industry in a special edition of Florida Weekly published on September 3, 2015. Hear Mark’s thoughts and predictions from Collier County’s top CEOs, directors, general managers and other business owners about the current state of local industry.
For the second year in a row, a home we build has graced the cover of the annual At Home magazine published by Gulfshore Life magazine.
At Harwick Homes, we are passionate about building homes that inspire others. That’s why this charming stunner in the heart of Old Naples was such a joy to build.
And with its central location in Old Naples, its intimate feel and space for owners and guests to feel at ease but connected at the same time, At Home magazine took notice.
Shane Klepko had the honor of accepting the Collier Builders Industry Association (CBIA) award for 2014 Builder of the Year on behalf of Harwick Homes. He is a second year member of the Board Of Directors and encapsulates the Harwick principle of giving back to the community. He’s given countless volunteer hours within the community and is known for leading with integrity and sincerity while always creating a collaborative community where other talents are allowed to develop and stand out.
His business acumen around remodeling homes for our own remodeling division has yielded growth in a department that is now fully operating in a way that helps owners reimagine their homes in ways that they’ve always dreamed of.
In 2014, a modern home we built in The Estuary made the front cover of At Home magazine. We are very proud of this home not only for its quality that is standard in everything we do, but also to showcase our diverse building style. We started out building traditional homes of Floridian and Mediterranean style but you can see we have expanded our portfolio.Read More