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Old 02-03-2009, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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We will be building our home in the fall of 2009. Does anyone recommend a builder or contractor? I'd like to visit with a couple while we're in Port Charlotte Feb 12-15th.

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Mark Tarantino, owner of PCI Custom Homes is a good local builder. He was working with Lee Wetherington, a very well known and well respected high end custom builder. There are a few things I like about Mark--he can build a simple affordable home or a high end custom home, so he can conform to any budget. He has many homes that he can show you that he's built.

PCI is a smaller type builder. They actually have a billboard on 776 on your way out to Rotonda from Port Charlotte.

Many of the local builders have gone under lately. What type of home are you looking to build? Some builders only build high end and and some will do moderately priced homes as well.

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Thanks SoFLGal! Maybe I'll give Mark a call.
We are thinking about a two-story (first floor all garage/storage/entertainment and 2nd floor A/C liveable). But, we really need to start looking into costs because we are on a budget (what early 30's couple isn't?) We are simple, more moderate people. Nothing really high-end about us other than the boat.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Aranda Homes builds a very good quality home as well. Recently built my home last year and am loving it. [url=http://www.arandahomes.com]Aranda Homes, Inc. - Lee County, Florida[/url].
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Thanks Mikei, I'll give them a call as well. I hope to find someone I can trust that has experience with two-story customs, not just the usual ranch-style model or spec house.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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We will be building our home in the fall of 2009. Does anyone recommend a builder or contractor? I'd like to visit with a couple while we're in Port Charlotte Feb 12-15th.

Thanks!
Should I assume that you already own the land? There are so many nice homes available now.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Should I assume that you already own the land? There are so many nice homes available now.
Yes, we own the land already. We are torn between building and buying, as you state there are some nice homes, and at really good prices too. But, we're not finding anything other than the standard ranch/spec home. We want a two-story, and there's just not many around the PC area on the water.
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Old 04-17-2010, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thanks for the warning, madlawn.

The follow up on this old thread (if anybody's interested) would be that the op ended up buying an existing canal front home and putting the first lot that they bought back on the market.
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Yes, that was an old post and we are now buying a home and selling our canal lot. But, we still need the seawall for the new place and Honc was supposed to provide a quote but have not called back yet. Due to the ridiculous price of a concrete seawall, we'll probably be going with limestone riprap.
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