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Published by the Herald Tribune

RINO:  Remodeling in Name Only
Technically, the ongoing project at 1803 Mallard Lane in Paradise Shores, just west of Sarasota's McClellan Park, is a remodeling job. But little about it is typical. It is a creative solution to a common...

For some, downswing has an upside
The housing market may be down, but the spirits of some of those who remodel and renovate homes are up.  The heady days of 2004-05 may not be seen again for a lifetime, but the downturn...

The Primer on Permits
One of the smartest guys I know came up to me the other day and said, "We just closed-in our lanai. Did I need to get a building permit for that?"  Now you're asking.  According to government building...

Universal Design at work in Forest Lakes
In her 25 years of marketing for home builders, Tracy Lux has learned -- and taught -- a lot about how houses are designed and built.  But her own aging house, built in 1966, was becoming...

War Room
When Dr. Bruce R. Maxian was a child growing up in New York, his mother frequently took him with her as she shopped for antiques. While she hunted for china and crystal, young Bruce looked around for...

To code, and beyond?
If a hurricane were to sweep through the area, builder John King is confident that the home at 5232 Siesta Cove Drive will withstand it.  "This will be standing. It's a far safer house than before the renovation...

Retrofitness
In the aftermath of recent hurricanes, it appears that new houses hold together well in a storm and that hip roofs are more wind-compatible than gable roofs. That's reassuring, except for people who own...

Published by Sarasota County Building Department

Disclosure Statement Owner-Builder
Florida Statutes are quoted here in part for your information to indicate the authority for exemptions for homeowners from qualifying as contractors and to express any applicable restrictions...

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