Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

High Design, but in a Smaller Package

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

High Design, but in a Smaller Package

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Perrone Construction has been building upscale custom homes, up to 20,000 square feet, for more than three decades. According to Richard Perrone, the president of the company, all but six of those houses have been waterfront projects on the keys and along Sarasota's bayfront.

"In 32 years, we have not built the same house twice. Every home is unique to the client and the client's home site," he says.

Clients come from all over the United States, Canada and Europe, and many projects represent repeat business: Perrone has built as many as four houses for the same client. In addition, he does considerable remodeling and renovation, updating and upfitting condos and houses.

Correspondent Chris Angermann interviewed him at his company office on the South Tamiami Trail.

Q:What is your approach to building custom homes?

A:Our homes tend to have roots in some type of good architecture with a strong tradition, whether it's Georgian, contemporary home or island style. We work hard to make sure that the style has period and design-correct elements -- symmetry, proportions and proper details. The details make the difference, and we're very detail oriented.

The most important thing is to make sure the right team has been assembled -- the right architect, interior designer and builder. I also believe that laying out a timetable for each segment of the design stage, followed by a schedule for all phases of construction, including the selection of all finishes, is important. We've developed systems for that, which help our clients feel very comfortable with all of the timing and the selections. We want them to understand where the project is at any time.

When construction begins, we email them a photo journal and a list of items that were accomplished every week. They can view them at their convenience, no matter where they are in the world, and share the photos of how things are progressing with family and friends.

Q:Have there been any changes in what clients are looking for since the housing boom and bust?

A:The larger projects are moving forward as before. However, a good portion of our clients are looking at projects that are a little more conservative in scale, meaning, they are giving more thought to how to make their home special and unique, but with a little less space. …

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