Michael Kolb
    Realtor in Naples

   Helping you to buy or sell your home in Southwest Florida

New Construction in Naples

Have you ever asked yourself how the quality of new home construction in Florida measures up?

Please take a look at the following pages that will give you a detailed description of the building process with pictures and comments.

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At the end of April a German couple had asked me to assist them in the purchase of Real Estate in Naples. In a very nice neighborhood on the west side of US41 they found a lot they liked with an old home (tear down) on it. The seller accepted their offer. The size of the lot was approx 1500qm.We researched and found a building contractor who showed us two of his ongoing projects at the time. Before signing any contract with him he offered the coordination and planning of the couple’s future home.  

Even before the sale of the property came to closing an architect had already been chosen to contact the buyers. After numerous phone call and email exchanges the first plans were developed and by mid June all details were already worked out.

Here are some property details:

  • One-story with approx. 3000 sq ft under air

  • 2 car garage

  • Covered lanai area approx. 300 sqft

  • pool  (approx. 33’ * 12’)

  • screened-in lanai and pool area approx 2000 sqft.

  • 15 ft ceilings in living area and 10 ft in all other rooms

  • Keywest-style home with metal roof and wood trim

After the closing in the beginning of June the contractor ordered the lot to be cleared. After receiving all permits needed to clear the area old trees and bushes etc were also removed.

The buyers/ builder had planned for a 2 week vacation in Naples for the beginning of July. The building contractor had mapped out a pretty hefty budget at first since several items of interior/ exterior materials were still not decided on. During the first few weeks several specialty shops were visited to look for the following items:

  • kitchen cabinets

  • floor coverings for inside and outside

  • counter tops

  • appliances

  • shower, sink and toilets

  • roofing material and paint for the interior and exterior

  • windows

  • interior and exterior doors and hardware

  • baseboards, crown molding etc

During the second week the building contractor presented a final offer to my buyers that described the entire building process and that was acceptable to them.


Other documents pertaining to the building contract, such as

  • water drainage plans

  • landscaping plans

  • building codes and statistics


By mid July the building permits were requested and all permits were pulled by mid August.

The construction start date was August, 20th.

Foundation and slab was poured (August, 20th – September 9th)

Outside walls and roof are erected (September 11th- December, 28th)

Preconstruction-Inside (September 30th - November, 30th)

End of construction (December 6th - April, 2nd)

Lanai and Pool  (October, 15th - March, 28th)

Driveway and Garden (December 10th - March, 30th)

The house is finished