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CCCIA honors the best in home design

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Jan 25, 2023

The Windward Construction team is all smiles with the trophies it won for its model home The Makai, during the CCCIA Builders Show-case of Homes Thursday at Palmetto Pine Country Club. CHUCK BALLARO

Every year, the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association showcases some of the most elegant model homes and best designs in the city.

On Thursday, the CCCIA held its 17th annual Builders Showcase of Homes at the Palmetto Pine Country Club, where homes of all types and price points were feted for everything from overall design to landscaping.

Lynn Boldissar, new executive director of the CCCIA, said the event is to praise the builders and contractors for all the work they put in throughout the year.

“It’s an economic development tool for the area because not only do they show our models, we also advertise locally and nationally with our partners,” Boldissar said. “It’s a tool to drive revenue to the city.”

Entries were judged at certain price points and in interior and exterior design, landscape, pool, bath, kitchen and outdoor living. There were also awards for top overall pool, landscaping, interior design, technology, and best in show.

The overall winners were:

•   $350K to $400K: Coral Isle Builders, The Ibis.

•   $400K to $450K: D.R. Horton, The Del Ray.

•   $450K to $500K: Tracy Homes, Harbours Edge.

•   $500K to $600K: SPO Construction, Costa.

•   $600K to $700K: Arnold Roberts Signature Homes: The Savannah Grand.

•   $800K to $900K: DMI Homes Builders, the Punta Gorda Isles.

•   $900K to $1M: SW Florida Dream Homes: Casa Dei Sogni Grande.

•   $2M to $2.5M: Windward Construction, The Makai.

Windward also won best overall pool design, best overall interior design and Best in Show

Many of the winners swept through all the categories, but there was one in particular that caught the eyes of the judges.

Windward Construction and The Makai took home all the awards in its category and four of the five overall awards, best pool design, interior design, landscaping and Best in Show.

SW Florida Dream Homes won the award for overall home technology.

Brian Haag, with Windward Construction, won nearly everything up to and including the raffle at the end of the show, said the awards weren’t about him, but about the team he has assembled to install everything inside and home and out.

“We are just a team of dedicated professionals who are individually responsible for different phases of construction,” Haag said. “We believe in a team effort that bring these exceptional homes to life. I’m blessed to be surrounded by these incredible people.”

Don Vidussi, a partner at Coral Isle Builder, which swept the under $400K category with The Ibis, said he has people on board who have great creativity and something new.

“It has all the things people want and we do it on a budget. I have a great sales and construction team. We do our own concrete and framing and build our own pools,” Vidussi said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time and we like what we do. We have a lot of fun and this is the cherry on top.”

The CCCIA Builders’ Showcase of Homes began this past weekend and will run the next two weekends on Friday through Sunday, Jan. 27-29, and from Feb. 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The event will showcase 15 homes throughout the city and vary in styles and price points and put the builder’s unique style on display.