“There are so many decisions when you renovate. The best choice, for us, was to contract with Green Mountain Builders. We were not easy clients, as there were many moving parts. Green Mountain Builders were patient, informed, and professional. “During the process, we received daily updates; we always knew the next step. Our questions were addressed in a timely manner and respectfully. In addition, as we were nearing completion, our manager noticed issues that we would have missed.
“Any idea or issue was considered, addressed and resolved. Our Construction Manager, Bill Colborn, was responsive, kind and accommodating. Through every step of the process, we were made aware of the cost, helping us maintaining our budget.
“We are so happy with our initial decision to trust GMB.”
– Don and Susan Young, Bonita Bay
Green Mountain Builders remodeled this beautiful, custom home’s kitchen in Bonita Bay. The kitchen was opened to the family room by removing interior walls. This created an exquisite space, featuring an expansive, granite-surfaced island that comfortably accommodates six and enhanced with wainscoting, to provide a clean, finished appearance. This transitional remodel includes wide plank, brushed oak flooring that transitions smoothly from the kitchen and breakfast nook to the family room. In addition, the kitchen offers ten-foot-high, wide-style, Shaker perimeter cabinets, quartz perimeter countertops, a porcelain tile backsplash and custom lighting. Appliances include a Bosch convection oven and microwave, gas cooktop and stainless steel column refrigerator/freezer.
Transitional Kitchens are Trending This Year
What is a Transitional Kitchen?
A transitional kitchen borrows elements from or references styles of the past and combines them with contemporary features to produce something new and fresh. The beauty of this type of kitchen is that you can decide how you want to mix and match the past and the present, so that the design expresses who you are and how you live!
Transitional designs are somewhere in between traditional and modern styles; they bridge the gap between the two, borrowing from each aesthetic. It yields an environment that is warm, welcoming, and unfussy but incorporates classic components. Most of our kitchen remodels would be described as transitional. Some read very modern, others more traditional—yet they are all totally different from each other.
A transitional kitchen hints of historical design elements in combination with modern and current kitchen fashion to produce something original and contemporary.
“Green Mountain, headed by Tony Persichilli, remodeled both the inside of our home as well as the entire lanai area. They did a fabulous job on both. Tony and his team were most helpful in coming up with ideas for us to consider which made our home even more special. One of the best parts of working with Green Mountain is that the team stays with you long after the project is completed, because no matter how well the job is done, there is always something that comes up later. The team is right there to take care of it. We recommend them highly!”
– Susan and Terry Mulligan
“We have worked with Green Mountain Builders on a few home projects, over the course of the most recent seven years, being fully satisfied with their planning, execution and follow-up on each. The most significant of our projects was the complete redesign of our lanai and kitchen areas, wherein our high expectations were exceeded. Their creativity, combined with ‘spending money as if it were their own,’ coming in on budget, assisting with interior decorating alternatives, and following up on every detail, until well after ‘completion,’ was/is impressive!”
– Barbara & Riley Lochridge
“Tony and his team remodeled my townhome. They repainted my kitchen cabinets, installed new quartz countertops and a backsplash. Also installed new Coretec flooring throughout. Always efficient, clean, polite. I am extremely pleased with my ‘new’ townhome.”
– Dorothy Ankney
“I can only say that the team at Green Mountain was professional, competent and reliable, in each and every case. In addition to the company, it was and continues to be your personal commitment and access to your clients that is most impressive. Each and every time I emailed or contacted your company, I heard back directly from you and any need and/or request was quickly attended to. For that, I am thankful and confident we will continue to call you and your company for any of our remodeling or maintained items as they arise. Thanks for all you did to make our home … our home.“
– Jim and Michele D.
NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB?
When was the last time you thought about light bulbs? If you are like most people, then you only think about them when they are in need of replacing. Lighting has not traditionally received the proper attention it deserves. Having a proper lighting scheme is an important part in making a home more inviting. In Southwest Florida, the primary source of lighting is being seen in recessed cans. This type of lighting, also known as a down light, is installed into a hollow hole in the ceiling. With the increase in home ceiling heights, this lighting has become more difficult to install and properly maintain.
How do you select the lighting that is right for your home? Most Green Mountain customers prefer the quality of light produced by 3000K bulbs, providing the most natural white lighting in your dream home. Not all lighting temperatures are available at your local store, so we recommend going online to 1000bulbs.com and ordering one of each temperature to test them out. You will never think of lighting the same way ever again, so we invite questions and feedback on our Facebook page.
There are three reasonable options when it comes to choosing a style of light that is the best fit for your home:
1. Incandescent: This is the most popular type of lighting, since it’s usually the least expensive option. An issue with incandescent lighting is its high energy level, therefor burning out faster and giving off poor light quality.
2. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL): Recently, there has been significant development in this type of bulb. They are energy efficient, produce less heat, are available in various temperatures, and last much longer compared to incandescent.
3. LED Bulbs: LED bulbs offer superior quality lighting. They can last up to eight times longer than CFL bulbs, create little heat, and are offered in a variety of temperatures. Using recessed cans in tall ceilings is not an issue with this bulb, as the light does not dissipate. LED lighting also presents your granite counter tops and glass tiles with shine. An added bonus, studies show that just one LED bulb will prevent about a half ton of greenhouse gasses over its lifespan. The initial price of this bulb is the highest of the three, however it uses less electricity and will shine much longer.
Lighting temperatures are used to describe the color of light that your bulb gives off. This color ranges from warm to cool, or also yellow to blue. Lighting quality is measured in degrees of Kelvin. The typical range for a residential home is between 3000K to 5000K.
2500K – 3000K: Soft White is a pleasing light with a yellow tint, and slightly distorts natural color.
4000K: Warm White is a warm lighting source that allows trues colors to be shown.
5000K: Daylight is a bright white color, excellent for retail locations. Not recommended for residential.
Pool Construction Trends for 2020
Just like fashion, pool trends come and go and then return again. This year, geometric pool shapes are making a comeback. While some may consider geometric pool designs to be simple or utilitarian, the newest designs incorporate elaborate materials and design features, giving them a distinct artistic edge.
The basic geometric pool and spa features a variety of sophisticated features, to include sheer, descent cascade waterfalls, shimmering glass tiles, a sun shelf and in-pool barstools. Colorful LED lighting gives the pool an exciting new look at night while maintaining a chic elegance.
From lighting to landscaping, your swimming pool is your sacred paradise, and no backyard getaway is complete, without a lovely water feature. Adding additional fire or water pieces to the pool is a way to enhance both design and functionality. Poolside fire bowls, pits and fireplaces add an element of warmth for the evening hours and cooler months. Pool fountains add another layer of aesthetic appeal. Custom made with natural-looking boulders, the running water provides a calming backdrop, blending pool and landscape. Additional features popular for 2020 pools, in Southwest Florida, include infinity edges, sun shelfs, shallow-depth pools and swimouts.
Fire Pit and Bowls
Traditional, white base, pool finishes provide a classical appearance, while colored base finishes add depth to the pool and enrich the water’s reflective quality.
Colored Base Finish
Another trend for 2020 is beautiful, glass tile, made from recycled glass materials. It’s the most durable and non-porous of all pool tiles. Glass tiles maximize the transparent nature of water.
A Picture Window, on a screen enclosure, is a popular option for homes located near golf courses, lakefronts or beachfronts. It features a large opening installed in the center, offering homeowners breathtaking waterfront or landscape views.
Curved View Window
For a gorgeous pool deck, there are many different types of natural stone and desirable pavers available. Brick pavers are available in many different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. Natural stone is extremely durable, requires little maintenance and creates a stylish and enduring finish to your pool.
Natural Stone Deck
Flooring Trends for 2020
Floors are the foundation of your home and dictate the tone of your color palette and decorating style. It is important to get this right, because good floors will last a lifetime…and then some.
Wood flooring is a classic choice, and even with the influx of ‘wood-look’ flooring options, there will always be a market for solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring.
Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. Wide plank floors up to 84” long are now trending. This size lends to a comfortable, casual presentation.
Brushed oak wood shows subtle, intentional, wire scratches that leave the heartwood exposed. To create this effect, wire brushes are used to pull out the softer, spring wood, exposing the harder, summer wood and thus accentuating the grain and creating a beautifully textured surface.
Oil-based finishes are strong and durable making them a popular finish for homeowners who apply it in high traffic areas inside the house. These hardwearing characteristics mean homeowners won’t have to refinish floors as often as other options. They are easy to maintain—just sweep or vacuum regularly, and clean away dirt, with a damp sponge.
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an affordable, waterproof, wood-look, flooring option that has great warmth and texture underfoot and installs easily, with peel-and-stick, glue-down, or click-together. It is high-quality and resists scuff and wear.
Rectified porcelain tile refers to tile that have the edges ground or sawn after firing, so that the overall size of the tile is precise, allowing for minimal grout joints.
Large-format porcelain tile has become increasingly popular in recent years, because of its clean look and ability to make a space feel bigger. They’re perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchens or bathrooms but can be used in any room to make a dramatic statement. These large tiles are available 36” x 36” or larger, and in different shapes, displaying the look and feel of stone, with the durability of porcelain.
Stone tile flooring adds natural beauty and timeless elegance to any room. Natural stone is an easy way to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home. In flooring materials, nothing is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone.
Welcome to the GMB Family x 2
Green Mountain Builders are a family, and the clients they serve are members. GMB is pleased to add Robert Persichilli, brother of owner Tony Persichilli, to the group. The two brothers grew up working for their dad’s construction company on Long Island, New York.
Robert brings over twelve years’ experience in quality control management of aircraft parts inventory, with companies in New York and Florida. His passion for building homes brought him back to the business, where he has worked in construction for national and regional builders for the past eighteen years. Recently he moved back to Florida, where he reunited with his brother and joined the GMB family, overseeing both quality control and customer service.
Feel free to reach out to Robert!
Meet Our Professional of the Month
Each month we like to feature one of our professionals. Without their expertise and passion for what we do, we couldn’t provide the personalized, customer service that our clients expect. This month, meet Alicia Persichilli, our Chief Financial Officer. She has a passion for numbers, earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting.
And she worked for a public builder as an accounting manager. However, she also has another passion: education. Not one to wait around, she earned her master’s degree in education and shares her love of learning, with her class of second grade students.
How does she combine the two? She’s an expert at managing her time, a fact Tony Persichilli, her husband, knows well. She keeps Green Mountain’s books when she’s not inspiring young minds.
She enjoys traveling, something she has done all her life. Her Dad served in the Coast Guard for twenty years and is a Vietnam Veteran. During those years, her home address included Japan and Guam, before her family settled down at Otis Joint Military Base on Cape Cod. Alicia also enjoys reading fiction and being the proud wife for nearly thirty-five years to Tony, and Mom to their son, Sam.
Building and Remodeling Luxury Homes in Southwest Florida for 30 Years
• Pool & Deck • Outdoor Kitchens • Screen Enclosures • Fire Features
Contact us today at: 239.985.4257 [email protected]
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6214 Presidential Court, Suite C
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
A Second Generation Tradition
As a kid growing up on Long Island, I spent hours at the kitchen table with my dad, talking about building and development. He specialized in custom building, and as an Italian immigrant, he brought that extra pride in high-quality craftsmanship to every home he built. My brothers and I spent summers working right by his side, learning the ins and outs of building. What he instilled in me is the value of hard work, and doing the job right. He taught me that quality speaks for itself, there are no shortcuts, and to earn the trust of new clients, you have to take good care of your current and past ones.
Tony’s Parents’ Wedding
The Persichilli family home In Huntington, Long Island. Situated on two acres, every square inch was built by Tony’s dad and his crews.
You know the saying of how time flies. It does when you’re doing what you love. In my over thirty years of building homes, in Southwest Florida, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with truly amazing people. Twelve years ago, I realized my ultimate dream by starting my own company so that I could take all my Dad taught me to a more personal level. I missed being personally involved with clients when I worked for larger companies. My goal isn’t to be the biggest remodeling company in the area, because I learned that the larger you get, the harder it is to keep that personal touch. There’s nothing more satisfying than when we show our clients the work we’ve done. Their happiness is our happiness, and that’s a family tradition.
Tony’s Mom and Dad Visiting Italy
Did You Know?
Additional Services we provide:
Replacement windows and doors
If we don’t provide the service you need we may be able to refer you to one of our preferred trade partners:
Closet and garage organizing
A picture is worth a thousand words
We have captured some of our work for you to view in our photo gallery. We invite you to explore our albums, including remodels, new homes, outdoor living, kitchens and bathrooms. Please click the link below.
The Napoli model is a 4 bedroom, plus study, 3 bath pool home, offering 2,208 square feet of living space and 2.888 total square feet under roof. Inside and out, this home includes a host of luxury features and finishes, including:
Outdoor living space with pool, spa, paver deck and equipped kitchen
Gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, with center island
Waterfall quartz counter top and plenty of prep space
A great location west of US 41, near beach and Mercato
Walk to Beach, and Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park Beaches