If you've been out to Lido Beach in recent months, there's no way you missed it: the massive new home currently under construction at 1 John Ringling Blvd., right near the island's northern stretch of public beach.
Construction on the project began on July 1, 2019. The company building the 10,000-square-foot home, Trinity Construction & Design, recently celebrated a milestone—the topping out of the project—and invited Sarasota Magazine to tour the property.
Doug Libertore, who owns a residence adjacent to the home, purchased the property for $2.3 million in 2011. The house was designed by Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects, and is intended to echo the style and shape of a luxurious yacht, with a curved "bow" protruding out toward the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. There are no other structures on the home's northern, western or southern sides, which gives the property unrestricted views of the sand and the water. And the home is tall enough that, when you're standing on the roof deck, you can see all the way to downtown Sarasota.
The home's pool will be located on the third floor, at the point where the concrete juts out the farthest. Behind it will be a patio space below roof openings covered by retractable awnings, and then the master suite and kitchen area. Sliding glass doors will provide exceptional views no matter where you stand. The second floor will contain more bedrooms, and the roof will boast a glass-enclosed room from which you can see all the way to Big Pass.
With the main structure of the building now complete, Trinity will turn to framing the interior. Utilities and finishes will then follow. Thomson estimates that the total construction process should take roughly two and a half years. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has remained on schedule. Trinity declined to provide a total budget for the project; permits filed with the City of Sarasota estimate construction costs at just over $4 million.
Building the home has taken an incredible amount of planning and resources, says Nehamiah Thomson, Trinty's vice president of field operations. The company is required to protect nearby dunes and trees, and must be careful not to disturb sea turtle nests. To steady the home, the company has driven 149 piles 35 feet deep into the ground, and has used more than 100 tons of steel and more than 1,500 yards of concrete. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime project," Thomson says.