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THE Sea Grape – A Get-Away Cottage

Cottage Custom Home

Our favorite Boca Grande builder, David Benner owner of Safety Harbor Builders introduced us to the delightful couple from Michigan. Customers Dave and Joy happened to also be high-end custom home builders themselves, far up in the “Mitten,” Petosky to be exact. Having family and friends in Holland and Harbor Springs we often visit, we were very excited to get started designing the perfect get-away cottage for them, in an area we know best. The home would serve as a vacation spot during the winter months and when the time is right, a relaxing retirement home on quaint Boca Grande, nestled in beautiful Gasparilla Island.

Having built many luxurious homes themselves, the client’s wished for an idyllic Boca Grande, cozy but comfortable beach cottage. Since it’s the perfect location to meet passers-by, a broad front porch to greet friendly neighbors was part of the plan. Light pastel colored siding below a metal roof and tall gable ends & dormers with clerestory windows capturing natural light as well as gulf breezes & views of the beach just a stone’s throw away - were a must!

Communication was itself a breeze working with Dave and Joy through the Task I Preliminary Design. Designing for a seasoned builder interested in creating their very own forever home, had me wishing I could do that more often! Dave provided the necessary details and Joy “the feel” they wanted, like a vaulted Great Room with soaring glass offering a grand view from the Entry Foyer. The layout could be described as an “L” shaped courtyard, with a wrapping Lanai surrounding a tropically landscaped garden. And no neighbors in sight!

The home ended up being just over 2900 sq. ft. including the Bonus Room over the Garage, very popular on Boca Grande when views of the historic and newly renovated lighthouse are in view. The perfect place for a Forever Home.


  • 2 Bedroom + Den + Bonus
  • 3 Baths

  • Living Area: 2917 sq. ft.
  • Total Area: 4710 sq. ft.