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Our Chrysalis Awards
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2016 Award
Commercial Remodel

2014 Whole House Remodel
over $1 Million

2012 National Winner
Best Detached Outbuilding
National Winner
2012 Best Detached Outbuilding

National Winner
2009 Best Detached Outbuilding

2008 Best
Commercial Remodel

2005 Best
Detached Outbuilding

2005 Best Whole House
Remodel Over $500K

2002 Best Whole House
Remodel Over $500K

Michael K. Walker & Associates, Inc.
Remodelers of Sarasota, FL

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Industry Associations: SBCCI, NHB, Nat'l Trust for Historic Reservation
Professional Designation:

Michael Walker
1793 Mango Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941-365-3301
Fax: 941-365-3496

2005 Best Detached Outbuilding

The project consisted of a separate two-story master suite to be added to a 1957 single-family home designed by the founders of the Sarasota School of Architecture. This detached suite was designed to be attached to the existing building by a covered breezeway, which was required for zoning and permitting compliance. The first floor includes a dining area and kitchen, a powder room and storage. The second floor includes a master bedroom and bath, library, walk-in closet and an exercise room. The original residence was timber-framed and used sliding glass window walls. Due to changes in building codes and the need to provide a more solid envelope, while matching the original design as closely as possible, it was necessary to use impact-resistant window walls and glass doors. A marine grade stainless steel structural system, stainless steel tube framing and cast-in-place concrete floors were included to comply with the Florida Building Code. The master suite was designed with an exterior stair only. Per the architect’s design, the stair was to be constructed entirely of marine-grade fiberglass, so a custom boat builder was retained to fabricate and install this stand-alone piece. This project is a study in the use of corrosion-resistant materials. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico, with extreme weather conditions and continual exposure to salt and sun, provides a perfect scenario to test and perfect the best materials for extreme conditions.