Since 1993, Florida Lifestyle Homes has been creating high-quality custom new homes of exceptional value in Southwest Florida. Through our superior team performance and solid communications process we will guide you toward making your vision of the ultimate Florida lifestyle your reality.
True craftsmanship requires close attention to detail. From the beginning, we ensure that each team member has a true passion for making your vision come to life. Emphasis is placed not only on doing the right task, but also on doing the task right. The result is incomparable quality, which creates value, pride, and satisfaction for you.
Meet Your Florida New Home Builder
After graduating from Augsburg College, where he majored in business management and economics, Bill focused on home building as his profession. Making the move to Florida, he began building homes for the Emmer Group, a builder-developer in Gainesville, Florida. He later became vice president of construction for the Three Oaks Community, an 800 acre development by the Freeman Group, Florida home builders in Fort Myers.
Bill founded Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, Inc. in 1993 and specializes in constructing custom homes. Describing himself as a “muddy shoe” builder, Bill focuses on quality rather than quantity. “Everything we do, we do with the best quality materials and craftsmanship. In a custom home, all the details have to be perfect.” Bill’s insistence on quality is reflected in every home we build. Guided by his extensive knowledge and expertise, Florida Lifestyle Homes’ professional team of designers and project managers consistently exceed your expectations. This winning combination of attention to detail, exquisite architecture and consistent client communication defines Florida Lifestyle Homes as the premier Florida luxury builder.
Meet Your Designer
The beauty of building a new custom home is that it can be whatever you want it to be. When Florida Lifestyle Homes’ clients want to create a home that reflects their personality, they turn to award-winning designer Carlos Gill for inspiration.
Carlos has been involved in design work for Florida Lifestyle Homes for over 10 years and has been drafting and creating custom designs for over 20 years. For his work on The Windsor Model, Carlos recently received a Merit Award from the Lee Building Industry Association. The Windsor Model won the BIA’s Superior Home award, garnering awards in 8 categories.
Family activities and outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing fill his time away from work. His personal interest in the culinary arts, and especially grilling, has served him well in designing popular features such as Florida Lifestyle Homes’ outdoor kitchens.
Carlos has a gift for interpreting the client’s vision and the talent for bringing that vision to life. Why not let him design your new custom home?
Meet Your Construction Team
With over 34 years in the construction industry, Jimmy Gustafson brings extensive experience to his position as project manager with Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. He draws from his background in both residential and commercial construction to produce a top quality product on time and within budget.
Jimmy’s keen eye and positive attitude prove to be great assets to our clients; they are valuable resources which assure our clients’ satisfaction with their Florida custom home.
Jimmy has been with Florida Lifestyle Homes for 8 years. He is a talented and accomplished woodworker and finds rest and relaxation in his workshop. When he’s not on the job, Jimmy enjoys one of Florida’s favorite pastimes – fishing.
When you’re ready to build your luxury custom home in Ft. Myers, Naples or any other prime location in Southwest Florida, drop in and meet Jimmy. He’ll be overseeing your Florida custom home project from start to finish, giving you the quality results you deserve.
Andrew is a relatively recent addition to the Florida Lifestyle construction team. He is a long-time resident of Ft Myers.
After owning and operating his own construction company doing remodeling and renovations for a number of years, he joined a local high quality custom builder in Ft. Myers. As his experience and excellent reputation expanded he eventually was recruited to join Florida Lifestyle Homes.
Andrew brings a strong knowledge of the latest construction techniques, materials, and scheduling to bear on a variety of projects. He handles our remodeling and commercial “make-ready” work as well as custom homes built on our customers’ own lot. His flexibility makes him an excellent part of our team.
Construction Manager/Service & Warranty Manager
Nick is originally from Michigan and has resided in Ft. Myers for the last 15 years. He has been with Florida Lifestyle Homes for 5 years managing the service and warranty department. Recently, Nick has added Construction Manager into his work role with Florida Lifestyle Homes. He is responsible for supervising the build and quality of your home and also making sure that any punch items with the warranty are addressed. Nick plays a strong role in the construction during your new home build and also after.
Meet Your Controller
Like the luxury custom homes which Florida Lifestyle Homes builds for its clients, the details of the business are crucial! Guiding the flow of financial information and keeping accurate accounts for this Florida custom home builder is Controller Leeann James, an 18 year veteran of the accounting industry, specializing in construction.
Leeann works diligently in the background, assuring that the company’s firm financial footing remains that way, as she has since 2009.
When not keeping the books for Florida Lifestyle Homes of Ft. Myers, Leeann enjoys fishing, boating and biking. She is certainly in the right place for those activities!
Meet Your Estimator
When you sit down with your Florida custom home builder to discuss the price of your new luxury custom home, you want to make sure all the facts and figures are straight, no surprises welcome here! That is why Florida Lifestyle Homes takes the guesswork out of planning your new custom home. Meet Kevin Thompson.
Kevin brings more than 22 years of building and real estate experience to Florida Lifestyle Homes. He is the company’s Estimator; he supervises the Purchasing and Estimating Department and is the builder’s Broker of Record. With Kevin on the job you’ll know just what to expect, his skills and experience are a solid foundation upon which to build your new Florida custom home.
Meet Your Purchasing Manager
Completing a building project on time and within budget is of paramount importance to luxury custom home builder Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers. That is why Purchasing Manager John Blackman keeps track of all the details when it comes to making sure that all of the materials and services provided through the Florida new home builder’s suppliers meet the criteria selected by the customer. As a home goes to construction, John is in constant communication with our clients throughout the building cycle. He applies his 10 years of experience in the construction industry to handling any personal requests that may rise. When not carefully attending to his responsibilities for our homeowners, John can be found fishing, golfing or engaged in his favorite off-the-clock activity – playing with his 4 year old son!
Sales & Marketing Team
Sales and Marketing Director, Southern Region
Lonnie is a new-comer to Southwest Florida. He migrated south from the Washington, D.C metropolitan area. He has been involved in one function or another in new homes sales and marketing for over forty years. Although he began his career in field construction he quickly moved to positions involving managing customer service, liaison with sales associates, advertising, product development, and financing. However, working with potential customers on the sales floor has always been his favorite experience.
Immediately prior to coming to Florida he spent almost ten years doing “work-outs” of new home communities for their lenders that had problems in one sales area or another. His function was to determine what the problem was and strategize to solve that problem and get sales moving again. He has now come full circle and back to the part of the business that he enjoys most, working with custom home buyers. His goal has always been to make the experience easy, exciting, and fun for his customers.
Sales and Marketing Director
Discovering and understanding the details of what you want in your new home overall is one of the most important things when it comes to building your new custom home. Denise Ogden has extensive experience in new home sales, marketing, plan design, selections and customer relations. She previously served as new home consultant with a semi-custom builder in Jacksonville specializing in sales and marketing for production, semi-custom and custom builds both in developments and on off-site home-sites. Her previous positions include work as a buyer’s foreclosure specialist in Palm Beach; International Luxury Resort sales representative in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico; and new home consultant with in Jacksonville region.
Ogden also worked as a sales associate in general real estate in Ponte Vedra Beach. She began her real estate career as developer sales consultant, also in Ponte Vedra Beach specializing in luxury waterfront mid to high rises spanning from Daytona Beach to Ponte Vedra Beach.
Denise serves as a member on both the Collier and Lee County Builder Associations, on the Collier County Committee for Parade of Homes, is a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate and also contributes and encourages contribution to many local charitable organizations within the community.
Building your new custom home is her and the rest of the Florida Lifestyle Homes’ team’s passion!
We believe “Some Dreams Need To Be Built!” Let us build them with you!