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Gulfshore Homes Renovates Outdoor Living Areas

Gulfshore Homes widened the home’s gorgeous lake view by installing a more view-friendly cage, eliminating unnecessary accent columns and embedding more ground-level tropical plants.
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Originally, an abundance of landscaping, both inside and outside the pool area, and the pillar-style cage framing, interfered with the phenomenal lake view.

One of the most trusted, respected and talented home builders in Southwest Florida, Gulfshore Homes, has built a solid reputation when it comes to new home construction, whether it be one of their spectacular, perfectly designed models or a luxurious private residence.

Throughout its long history, Gulfshore Homes has also built an incredible reputation for another craftsmanship specialty – home renovations – both inside and out.

“While many owners want to renovate the inside of their 15- to 20-year-old homes, they also see the need to renovate the outside as well” said Steve Watt, President of Gulfshore Homes. “Whether renovating the inside or outside, Gulfshore Homes promises the same standard-setting caliber of artisanship and uncompromising quality that epitomize our newly constructed custom homes.”

One of the building company’s latest outdoor renovation challenges occurred in the award-winning beach and golf club community of Miromar Lakes.

“The owners of a beautiful lake-front home weren’t happy with the view they were getting of the large lake from the inside of their home, or for that matter, the outside of their home while on their pool deck,” said Matt Shull, Gulfshore Homes’ Director of Construction. “It was our task to change that, and what a change it turned out to be.”

According to Shull, a number of accent columns, dispersed throughout the deck area, were eliminated, and the pool cage, with wide framing and short screen panels were replaced with a new cage that framed the view, rather than hide it.”

“The more modern pool cage features larger screens,” Shull recalled. “You can compare them to having a large picture window in your living room. It really opens things up.”

In addition to removing the columns and replacing the cage, the tall plants around the pool, both inside and outside the screen enclosure, had to be removed.

“The house is right on the lake. If you have tall plants surrounding your pool and the perimeter of the cage itself, you’re actually blocking the view,” noted Shull. “The owner’s paid a premium for their home’s waterfront location and they deserve an uninterrupted view of it.”

Other elements of the renovation project included designing and building a new, larger pool with elevated spa, replacing the deck with large format pavers and adding LED lighting throughout the pool and outdoor living area.

“The final result is the creation of a more effective outdoor living area that enhances the lake view rather than conceals it,” stated Shull. “The outdoor living area is also much lighter and brighter. And that’s the Florida lifestyle in a nutshell.”

“Renovating outdoor living areas is a growing business for us,” added Watt. “People move to Florida to enjoy the year-round sunshine – and in many cases – their home’s incredible setting. We enjoy the opportunity to work with these owners so their homes – and the views they offer – exceed their expectations.”

With more than 25 years’ experience in the Southwest Florida home building marketplace, the professionals at Gulfshore Homes have earned the confidence and trust of luxury home owners due to the teams’ well-earned reputation for transparency and integrity, in both new builds and renovations.

Gulfshore Homes is committed to bringing ideas and

visions to life, by also offering complete customization as well as an extensive portfolio of customized floorplans. The building company’s exceptional homes complement lifestyles and establish comfortable and sophisticated environments, all while exceeding expectations every time.

To learn more about Gulfshore Homes, its renovation division, or to inquire about the homes the luxury building company may have for sale, call 239-947-2929 or visit

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