Barracuda Builders | Key West Florida Barracuda Builders | Key West Florida Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Love Lane Renovation Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:00:38 +0000

Key West is known for its unique art, history, architecture, and culture.  712 Love Lane was recently renovated to commemorate the artistic island living Key West has to offer.  Throughout the years, this home has been a muse for several writers such as: Judith Kazantis, Russell Baker, David Halberstram, and Bill Wright.  According to the City of Key West’s Staff Report, dated May, 26, 2016:

712 Love Lane is listed as a contributing resource and first appears on the 1926 Sanborn Map. The one story frame vernacular house was constructed towards the rear of the property, with an addition and front porch added sometime between 1962 and 1965, where it first appears in a historic photograph.  Another addition was added to the front of the porch after 1972.

Historic homes such as 712 Love Lane, although rich in character, may also create some challenges.  As mentioned above, this home has been around at least since the 1920’s.  The home was originally constructed with a stone foundation, a “saw-tooth” style skip sheathing roof and also contains a cistern.  During the renovation it is was discovered that the stone foundation was crumbling, several areas of sub-flooring were no longer level, and roof replacement was necessary in several locations.  We poured new concrete foundations and leveled the sub-floors without disrupting any of the historical charm.  The roof was replaced in several areas but continues to boast the traditional Key West style “tin” roof.   And although the cistern is more of a historical feature today, it remains on-site with a fresh coat of stucco and paint.

The home is now a gorgeous conch cottage in paradise.  Inside you will find a new gourmet kitchen, a large living and media room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The pool house also has another bedroom and bathroom.  Cuban patchwork tile adorns two bathrooms and the home has been methodically furnished to celebrate art and style.  In the backyard, we completely updated the pool and pool deck.  We also added a pergola for some shade which is a perfect spot for outdoor dining.

712 Love Lane has been fully upgraded to include several “green” improvements.  The exterior doors and windows have been replaced with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified French doors and windows. The house now uses energy efficient LED lighting and appliances.  All the plumbing fixtures are low-volume which allows for more water conservation.  712 Love Lane also houses two Mini-Split AC units for maximum cooling efficiency.

The home’s original outline has been preserved and can be enjoyed for many years to come.  Inside you’ll discover art from all over the world and even books written by Bill Wright in their library.  Come on in and be inspired.

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Winner of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation 2017 Preservation Award

Photography: Blueye Images | Cinematography: Coastal Filmworks

Outdoor Kitchen & Shower Fri, 20 May 2016 13:43:06 +0000 Key West is known for great weather all year round so why not take advantage of it! Barracuda Builders had the pleasure of creating a beautiful outdoor kitchen and shower at this Conch home located on Flagler Avenue. The home had an existing structure near the pool that was ideal for an outdoor kitchen. We seamlessly extended the structure and created a gourmet kitchen perfect for outdoor entertaining. We installed new granite counter tops, a propane gas grill, and a stainless steel sink. We also added stone trim to match the waterfall at the pool.

To complete this outdoor paradise, Barracuda Builders also furnished an outdoor shower from the ground up. After creating the foundation, we laid matching stone tile and built the shower enclosure to compliment the wood panels on the home.

To see Before and Progress photos, visit our FaceBook page.

If you are interested in creating your own outdoor paradise or have another project in mind, contact us today!

2-Tier Fountain Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:32 +0000 Key West is a popular destination for a tropical paradise getaway. The little island can get busy at times, so why not create your own escape in your backyard?

One of the latest trends in the home improvement world is: Hardscaping, or making the most out of your outdoor space with visual and functional upgrades.


Barracuda Builders had the pleasure of creating this beautiful and unique 2-tier fountain at the Haskell Residence.  This fountain is not only appeasing to the eye, it also muffles the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We started this project from the ground up.  First, we constructed the strong concrete base and then added the two tiers.





























The concrete was stained to add some color to this beautiful fountain. We also constructed a concrete walkway leading up to the water feature.

















If you are interested in adding a fountain, spa, deck, kitchen, shower, or any form of hardscaping to your outdoor space contact us today!



Eliza Street Residence Sun, 08 Feb 2015 03:12:33 +0000 Many of Key West’s original residences were built in the early 1900s and are now categorized as “Historic Homes.” The rules and regulations to restoring and renovating historic homes can be tricky and time consuming at best. Barracuda Builders had the pleasure of restoring this Eliza Street residence back to its original beauty. This project was a full renovation and addition, as can be seen in the before and after images below.


This project began with the demolition of all interior finishes and non-load bearing walls. The house was taken down to the studs exposing antiquated construction techniques.


New wood lap siding, windows, and doors were installed. New concrete foundations were added along each corner to upgrade the structure to current Key West building codes. An entirely new floor plan was designed which included all new electric, plumbing, central air conditioning, spray foam insulation, drywall, wood flooring, and tile finishes. The interiors of this modern day Conch Cottage are an interior decorator’s dream come true. The cool color palette reflects the easy living that Key West is best known for. Top of the line stainless steel appliances, custom built cabinets, and granite counter tops are perfect for quiet dinners at home or entertaining guests.

At a little over 1000 sq ft, our clients stressed the importance of making every inch count including the outdoor porch and pool area. It is very common in Key West and other areas which experience pleasant weather year round to make the most of their properties. An in-ground concrete pool is the outdoor centerpiece of this Eliza Street property. The pool with 3 waterfall features and stone facade provides the perfect ambiance for a day (or evening) spent relaxing on the back deck or in a hammock.


Do you have a restoration project or addition you would like to get started on? Contact us today!

Winner of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation 2016 Preservation Award

Photography: Blueye Images


Waterfront Brewery Sun, 08 Feb 2015 01:47:08 +0000 Barracuda Builders has been assisting with the renovation and restoration of what will soon be known as the Waterfront Brewery in Key West’s Historic Seaport. This work has included radius concrete columns, tie beams, and staircase, ADA compliant ramp, elevated concrete slabs, concrete retaining walls, concrete masonry elevator shaft, spalling repair, and concrete topping slabs throughout the brewery. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest venues in Key West with a roof top deck over looking the historic seaport serving craft beer with an in house brew master.

IMG_4108 IMG_3410IMG_3695 IMG_3814 IMG_3517  IMG_3533 IMG_3531  IMG_3478   IMG_2965 IMG_2805 IMG_2997 Check out the Waterfront Brewery

Duck Avenue Concrete Spalling Repairs Fri, 17 May 2013 19:36:48 +0000 IMG_1180

Does your Concrete Tie Beam look like this?  If so you may need some concrete spalling repair. Please give us a call and we can work up a cost estimate…

Barracuda Builders Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:03:41 +0000 Hello, we are now located here in Key West Florida.