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Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla

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Seeing Red

By John and Rose Brasgalla

JRB Group General Contractors

When the owners of this West of the Trail home purchased the property, they knew they were getting a great deal. Of course, buying a home for the price of the lot alone is an even better deal if the house is worth keeping. Updating a 60 year-old house is challenging enough, but it is even more work to fix a place that has had decades of experimental projects and repairs. Having done a loft in Boston as a DIY project, the owners knew that this job required professional services from design through completion, so they contacted JRB Group General Contractors (Sarasota Home Makeovers).

jrb-exteriorWhen they saw the company’s complete transformation of a 5000sf Siesta Key waterfront home from vintage 1986 to a modern dream straight from HGTV, the owners knew who to call. DIY was out of the question this time!

At first glance, you notice the striking red exterior highlighted by crisp white trim, a metal roof, and dark chocolate doors.  On a street where each home is unique and different shades of slate blue, terra-cotta and lemon are at home, why not? After decades of neutral everything, a well-planned wash of color is invigorating and welcome in the right context. How could the color of love and Sarasota sunsets not be the right context?! The palette of this home would do just as well in Rosemary Beach, New Orleans, Stockholm, or Barcelona.

jrb-kitchenWhile the exterior is striking and inviting, it is the interior that will impress with its practicality, efficiency, and attention to every functional detail. Major modifications include a 500+ square foot master suite and laundry addition, garage reconversion and load-bearing wall removal for a very open great-room kitchen. The entire great-room was gutted, restructured from foundation to rafters, and then re-finished. The two existing bathrooms were completely rebuilt as well. All old systems were removed and replaced with new – electrical, plumbing, HVAC, gas, insulation. All floors, doors, trim and hardware were replaced with large porcelain tile, new doors and broad-faced trim boards.

jrb-entryWith removal of the obstructing walls, the kitchen space doubled in size and now provides all the conveniences an owner with exceptional culinary talents requires. There is also ample seating at the 12 foot peninsula for his audience. The focal point for the space is the red fired-porcelain mosaic wall tile that is the perfect complement to the spice-tone maple cabinets and creamy quartz countertop. A work of art on the walls as a prelude to the works of art from the kitchen! Every component from corner to corner was placed for optimum function and storage.

jrb-bathOn the exterior, insulated impact windows and doors replaced leaky casement units. The garage was re-built adding a 130mph door. The entire roof was repaired and sheeted with metal. All overhangs were corrected to add height to the façade and re-built with new finish materials, new sand-finish stucco, and of course a bright new paint job to complete the look.

How long does it take to build an addition from foundation up AND re-build an entire existing home? Only 4-1/2 months from ground-breaking! And the budget? The perfect finish to a property purchased by a very savvy buyer!

jrb-bath-multiple-imagesDesign/Build services by JRB Group, Inc. General Contractors. Experienced, licensed, and insured. Providing excellence in construction on the West Coast of Florida for 20 years. For all “Before and After” photos and a full design and construction portfolio, please visit Sarasota Home Makeovers on Facebook or www.SarasotaHomeMakeovers.com. Office: 941.953.7963

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One Response to “Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla”

  1. June Rice says:

    A fabulous story; well written and the photographs are stunning.

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