This new construction project in the Florida Keys was completed in 2016 and began with an empty lot partially covered in mangroves, but water and electric utilities were already in place. Once the allowable amount of mangroves were removed, auger piles were drilled and poured in place to support the foundation and the structure. The foundation fill was then installed with a retaining wall along the north and west side of the home to keep the fill from spilling into the adjacent property.
After the foundation was compacted, the slabs, columns and pool were framed out, rebar was installed and concrete poured. Both slabs are made of poured concrete and exterior walls on the 1st & 2nd floors were made of CBS (concrete block with stucco). Stucco siding was then applied to all exterior walls, while the columns and stairway were left with a smooth finish.
The entry doors, sliding glass doors & windows installed were all High Velocity Impact-Resistant made by PGT® Custom Windows + Doors. The commercial roll-up garage door is also high velocity & impact resistant. Due to the threat of hurricanes and severe weather, the building code for new construction in the Florida Keys is very strict.
The first floor is a combination of covered parking and entertaining space with a garage for boat storage. The backyard features a 15×9 ft. plunge pool with wrap around seating and a seashell pool paver deck.
The 2nd floor of the home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a 25×8 ft. screened in balcony. The balcony is accessed through 12 ft. of sliding glass doors, allowing plenty of natural light into the home.
The interior consisted of high ceilings, sea shell floor tile and 8 ft. doors throughout. Shaker cabinets with quartz countertop and mosaic backsplash were installed in the kitchen, while both bathroom vanities are made of solid wood with cultured marble countertops.
Below are before and after photos of Rausa Builders Corp’s new construction process in the Florida Keys from start to finish.