Las Olas Luxury Home Construction

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A buyer had purchased a plot of land in the picturesque Las Olas neighborhood of Ft. Lauderdale, hoping to sell the property at a profit. However, 3 years had passed without any serious interest.

Property values were increasing because homes were being demolished in the area, but this created a demand for new homes, not empty plots. The property owner saw that building a spec home on the site was the best way to attract buyers, and they needed our team to make it happen.

Scope

Our aim was to maximize the sellability of the property by building a spec home tailored to the market. The owner wanted to appeal to high-income buyers with a design that offered luxurious amenities and made the most of the site’s waterfront location.

We worked out the plans for a 3-story, 6,800 sq.ft. home with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. Outdoors, we set out to build a large 15’x30’ swimming pool, as well as a private boat deck. The style vision was contemporary, capitalizing on clean, sleek lines to create a pristine living space.

Challenges

As an inner coastal property perched on a sea wall, the building site had some challenges in store for us. An inspector discovered that a corner of the sea wall was unstable and in need of reconstruction before we could build the planned boat deck upon it. This required our team to pump out water and build up the sea wall anew, creating a fortified structure that mimicked a dam.

Instability hampered us further inland as well. As we were starting to build the home’s foundation, it became clear that there was an oversight in the property survey. Some of the soil toward the back was not stable enough to accommodate our construction, which called for drilling almost 30 foundation pillars into the ground.

We identified the simplest and least expensive solution: shifting the home’s foundation forward until it was all on solid ground. This came with some complications, but nothing our team couldn’t handle. We obtained special permissions from the proper building authorities and we proceeded to relocate the storm drain’s tubing to the new foundation site. Parts of the ground had to be filled with aerated gravel, which required us to dig 22 feet deep and pump out water.

Another complicating factor in the construction process was material sourcing. We sought out only the best materials, and this led us to choose several products from Germany. Thus, we had to make our orders well ahead of time so that the imports could arrive in sync with our building schedule.

Results

It took one year and four months from start to finish, but by the end of this project, we had achieved stunning results. The handsome spec home had tremendous curbside appeal, sporting a modern stone facade, as well as a marble stone-paved driveway and walkway.

Those who enter the home are greeted by 12’ ceilings and a spacious open floorplan. Impeccable white marble flooring and panoramic ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows keep the aesthetic fresh and inviting. The kitchen and living areas face the coast, which is overlooked outdoors by a sweeping wraparound balcony. A glass barrier here keeps the view clear, open to the ample sunlight and surrounding beauty.

Particularly luxurious areas include the home’s bathrooms, which feature artful Riza mosaic tiling. The grand master bathroom is outfitted with a huge rain shower. Other top-tier amenities consist of a built-in elevator that rises to the home’s third floor, as well as a service area accessible from the back for housekeeping. The entire home is fully automated for ultimate convenience: everything can be controlled via smartphones, and a Bose sound system stretches throughout the house. Outdoors, the pool area offers plenty of space for outdoor leisure, boasting a jacuzzi, an expansive deck, and even an outdoor bathroom.

The home’s strong concrete structure and stormfront windows makes it hurricane-resistant—an especially important quality for a waterside Florida home.

With everything finished, the home was appraised at $5.3 million. The owner was elated by the outcome, and is expecting the property to sell soon at a greater profit.

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