Residential Design

VOL4 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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they'd like to take on more scope for the multifamily projects—as builder and, ultimately, as developer, too. As of yet, they haven't managed to break through on the contractor side of the multifamily business. It's difficult to make the leap into larger projects when bank funding is needed. And that's galling to Michael, who knows they can handle the work better than many contractors who win the job. "It's difficult to convince banks and the owners that we can do it," he says. "We almost built a project that would have been six townhouses, but we gave a realistic construction time of nine months to the owner and he said no. Of course, now the chosen builder is at nine months and only a quarter through the job." The solution? Develop their own projects. The firm recently picked up a desirable parcel of land and plans to do just that. Michael and John are talking with investors, but they have every intention of leading the design decisions and directing construction. "The property is on the main street in Sarasota, next to a new roundabout that I knew would change the nature of the street," Michael explains. "There's a bayfront park across the street from the parcel. I would drive by it on the way to work and realized it would be a good purchase. What we have in mind is fairly ambitious: 20 units over retail. The plan is to keep the retail long-term and sell the residential. The big opening of the building will face the park." Having designed quite a few mul- tifamily projects for other owner/ developers, the firm feels ready to take the next step. Michael and John are also interested in developing micro-units at some point. "But, as much as we'd like to do more specula- tive projects, we don't want to put all our eggs in one basket," Michael notes. Far left and left: Custom steel trusses suspend a balcony in the design/build Seminole Residence. Generous overhangs and a courtyard plan create a protected microclimate for outdoor living. Above and above, left: The design/build Philippi Creek Residence shades itself from the Florida sun while remaining open to breezes and curated views. A second-story platform frames spectacular sunsets. Photo: William S. Speer Photography Photo: William S. Speer Photography Photo: William S. Speer Photography Photo: William S. Speer Photography 22 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2019 PRO-FILE DESIGN/BUILD

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