The best referral for any business comes from happy clients. That’s the case when seven years ago, I was introduced to Barb and Riley Lochridge. They are a creative couple and a pleasure to work with on every project.
Over the years, we have made innovative improvements to their home, including the addition of a bathroom shower, installing disappearing sliding glass doors, painting, adding flooring, pool, pool deck and an outside living area. Each project has been enjoyable, and the most satisfying part is that they are more than happy with the result.
Our entire team has had the chance to know their charming personalities and their homemade chocolate brownies. We look forward to working with them again in the future, accompanied by more brownies, of course.
Tony Persichilli, Owner, Green Mountain Builders
This magnificently designed Napoli model is a four bedroom, plus study, three bath pool home, offering 2,208 square feet of living space and 2.888 total square feet under roof, located in Naples Park.
A dramatic foyer welcomes visitors leading to the spacious great room, kitchen and dining room open concept plan. The foyer is flanked on one side by a private study. The lanai and pool is accessed by a 14’ bank of sliding glass pocketing doors.
The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, custom white cabinetry and a large center island with seating, including a waterfall quartz countertop. The kitchen boasts a French door refrigerator, glass slide in range, stainless vent hood, built in microwave and decorative wainscoting. The kitchen, dining room and expansive great room create the very popular open concept, perfect for family enjoyment, entertaining and keeping watch over the kids.
The master suite is the perfect retreat from a stressful work day. The master includes 8ft. sliders to the outdoor living area and tray ceiling. An expansive walk-in closet separates the bedroom from the elegant master bath, with dual vanities, oversized shower, linen closet and water closet.
The outdoor living area is perfect for family enjoyment, barbecues and entertaining. A custom- designed pool and spa, wth brick paver deck, equipped outdoor kitchen, fenced in side and rear yard round out the exciting features of this home. In addition, this Napoli model includes tile roof, impact resistant glass windows and sliding glass doors.
When homeowners arrive back to their Florida home, the first thing to do is check the thermostat and see if the system is operational. Check the area where the A/H is located for any possible water stains or damage. Change the filters, and most of all have system maintenance performed by a professional company.
When preparing to leave after season, have the system maintenance checked and change the filters. The drain line should be cleaned “correctly” (not with bleach or just a shop vacuum). A professional company should always be used to properly clean and maintain the system .
When the system is 8 – 10 years old and begins to have problems, know the best result in the long run will be to replace the system due to several reasons but the age and harsh environment we live in cause these systems to age very quickly. High rust and component wear and tear are what cause these systems to begin to fail.
Also, home owners can invest in a WIFI stat they can periodically check from their phone for proper system operations. This can help avoid potential problems.
If homeowners are away for months at a time, a home watch company will ensure the system is preforming correctly. They must be licensed and insured.
The kitchen island is frequently a gathering place when entertaining. It may appear as a piece of furniture or it could have a contrasting counter (not matching the rest of the kitchen). The edge may be built-out, mitered, or waterfall making the island the kitchen’s main design statement. Illuminated upper cabinets, with glass doors are still extremely popular.
We are seeing more minimalistic trends in kitchen design, where appliances are not visible and everything is covered with panels—no hardware, just beautiful cabinetry.
Sheryl Colborn came to Green Mountain Builders four years ago and was named Construction/Purchasing Administrator. Sheryl provides her expertise in the building industry including contract administration and accounting, as well as office management, human resources and various other responsibilities.
Originally from Philadelphia, Sheryl relocated to Southwest Florida, where she managed an insulation contracting company, for ten years.
Sheryl enjoys the beach, hiking and when time permits, traveling up North to visit her children, step-children and thirteen grandchildren.
Building and Remodeling Luxury Homes in Southwest Florida for 30 Years
6214 Presidential Court, Suite C
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Right Accessories Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that my column is about wine. Selecting the best wines for occasions is very subjective. Instead, I’m sharing information about the right accessories for your wine so you can fully enjoy the experience.
Wine Glasses Investing in a set of good wine glasses will help you enjoy the experience. There are specific wine glasses for each type of wine because the design of the glass is to enhance the features of the wine. For red wines look for a glass with a wide rim so that more air can get to the wine for aeration. The 31 and 25 ounce glasses I prefer do not fit into most dishwashers, however most 21 ounce glasses will.
Decanters Decanting wine serves two purposes. First is to separate the wine from any sediment that might be in the bottle. This is common with older red wines and ports. The second is to aerate the wine. Aerating allows exposure to air which will allow the wine’s aromas and fruit to be more vibrant. Aeration can also allow the tannins to settle out. Typically, the bigger red wines and aged wines will benefit most from aeration. The wider decanter base has more surface area for the wine to breathe. Ideally, allow at least an hour in the decanter before serving.
Aerator This device allows air to be introduced into the wine it’s poured. It is the equivalent of allowing a bottle to breath for an hour.
Wine Pumps and Stoppers So, you can’t finish the bottle of wine (light weight). A wine pump will remove the air from the bottle so you can enjoy it tomorrow (maybe for breakfast).
Gas Injection Systems Now we are serious. So, you have an expensive bottle of wine that you want to last for weeks after opening. There are several wine injection systems available, and interestingly enough, you never open the bottle. The system is installed with the cork in place. Inert gas is pumped into the bottle as you pour wine out. Remember that the wine has never been exposed to air so you might want to let it sit in the glass for a while before drinking.
Now we are in the big league. This wine serving station can store up to four bottles of wine—each at its own desired temperature for prolonged periods of time. It has a gas injection system and individual temperature controls.
Wine Serving Station
Now that you have plenty of options, it’s time to enjoy your favorite wine in the ideal glass, thanks to the perfect pouring system. Cheers!
You’ve returned to your Florida paradise home. While you were away, the summer rains and storms may have caused some water damage. How do you know?
To check for any possible water or mold intrusion:
• Look at all your ceilings for any water marks
• Check the baseboards and corners
• Check bathrooms and closets
• Check around all your windows
You should also do the following:
• Perform A/C Maintenance and Air Filter Change
• Flush All Toilets
• Check All Water Filters
• Run All Faucets, etc. to Flush and Filter the Waterlines for a Few Minutes
• Dump All Freezer Ice Bins
If you’re not sure or have any questions, please feel free to call us. We’re always happy to help.