Thanksgiving Design and Helpful Hosting Tips


Thanksgiving is next week and Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) is thankful for the community in Southwest Florida. Norman Bloxham, the owner of LHS, has enjoyed working with the community and local businesses building over 1,000 dream homes for Southwest Floridians and are happy and appreciative of these and future opportunities. As Thanksgiving approaches LHS wanted to provide some great design and hosting tips for you and your family to help you through this busy and happy holiday.

Make a Great First Impression!

Someone is always chosen to host at their home for thanksgiving, if this is you this year,  you will have lots of family and friends coming over, so impress them as they enter your home. Choose colorful decorations for your entry like; fall leaves and branches in a vase to make a statement or stencil ‘Gives Thanks’ and ‘I’m thankful for you’ onto pumpkins as a nice greeting.

Create a Warm Atmosphere!

We live in sunny and warm Southwest Florida so we don’t need to keep our family and friends hot with a roaring fireplace instead use décor to set a warm comfortable atmosphere. Candles are a great way to create a cozy setting. Also, a current trend is copper accents like place settings, candle holders, silverware, and fall decor trinkets which all generate a warm comfy atmosphere. You can also stick with the classic thanksgiving décor like miniature pumpkins, warm colors, leaves, and cornucopias to keep the mood and theme flowing throughout your home.

Let Everyone Show they are Thankful!

Create a Thanksgiving themed message board and cut leaves out of construction paper, then let your guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf and tack it to the board. This is a good way to get people to think about what they appreciate and to create a live happy atmosphere. There are many different variations of this on the internet from a message board to a thankful tree where they hang the leaves or use mini pumpkins that guests can write on and pile into a cornucopia. You can also buy packing paper parchment and cut them into placemats and write on each one ‘What are you thankful for?’ then just let your guest write their thanks on them. Get creative and remember to have fun with your thankful message boards.

Keep Your Guest Entertained!

If you have a lot of guests or a couple people playing games can keep them entertained until the turkey is ready. You can go with classics like Charades and Pictionary but give it a Thanksgiving theme. Furthermore, play traditional board games and simply switch out the game piece for fall items. You can also go with the classic game the construction industry prefers, giant Jenga by cutting a 2×4 into same size pieces and stacking them. Playing games will keep guest busy until the food is done and after additional, it brings everyone together on a day we are all showing gratitude.

LHS hopes you all have a great and bountiful Thanksgiving! Thank you to all our clients past, present, and those who have even considered LHS to remodel or build their home. If you’re searching for a new custom luxury home builder in Southwest Florida, contact LHS today. LHS builds new custom homes, designs and remodels in Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island and other surrounding towns. We have over 30 years of experience in building dream homes.

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Naples Home Builder and Remodeler, Luxury Home Solutions, Bring Home Buyers’ Concepts to Life

Homeowners want quality work when contracting luxury and custom remodeling projects, but they also want value. That’s not impossible. In fact, when the best Naples home builder, like LHS is selected, it’s the norm. Whether it’s updating an older kitchen or adding a new custom master bath, we are the Naples professionals that take the time to understand a client’s vision and turn it into reality!

Kitchens are the primary focal point for many homes, with families demanding functional spaces everyone enjoys every day that also provide everything needed to entertain a large group. That means the LHS design team has to make the best use of the spaces to make sure they are both functional and fit the overall design theme of the home. Currently, the trend is toward openness, allowing easy conversation between those in the main living area and anyone in the kitchen.

Naples home

(Custom Luxury Remodel of a Kitchen in Marco Island, Florida)

Materials are also important at Luxury Home Solutions. Luxury countertops, sinks, and cabinetry concepts have all evolved significantly, with older kitchens no longer meeting the demands of modern families. Custom gourmet kitchens with all the accouterments are common even in homes where they may not be fully utilized most of the time. Cooking is, for many people, as much an art as a necessity, and they want to create exciting dishes and share the experience with families and guests.

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(Custom granite countertops built for a luxury home located on the river in Fort Myers, FL)

At Luxury Home Solutions we’ve embraced the idea that a Naples home doesn’t end at the exterior walls. Outdoor kitchens, dining areas, and comfortable sitting areas are viewed as extensions of the interior spaces, mimicking the interior design themes while also blending seamlessly with the home’s exterior. That allows homeowners to spend more time outdoors in especially during our “Winter” season in SWFL! Entertaining takes on a new dimension when guests can enjoy a variety of options and share those special occasions with homeowners and their families.Naples home

(Luxury fountains, shower and outdoor kitchen built custom for this Fort Myers, FL home)

Bath area designs have also changed dramatically as homeowners realize a quality bath area can be a retreat from the day’s troubles. LHS has noticed that Naples homeowners are looking to soaking tubs which are rapidly becoming the norm and jetted showers gently massage aches and pains. Today’s bath designs tend to be larger and provide more amenities than baths typically provided in the past. That trend is unlikely to change in the future, suggesting adding new bath areas or expanding existing ones is a sensible investment.

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(Remodeled bath, closet and sitting are for this Marco Island, FL homeowner)

Luxury Home Solutions work closely with clients to select the best materials for every Naples remodeling project. The introduction of new materials makes it possible to achieve looks that weren’t really possible in the past. Taking the time to explore the many possible options opens new doors for many homeowners who’ve not really stayed abreast of the materials now offered. Choosing fixtures, cabinets, and other materials is an adventure in itself. It’s fun making the selections with our Naples clients! 

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(It’s all in the details!  Custom backsplash selected for this Marco Island, FL Client.)

When contemplating any construction project, discussing the options available with Luxury Home Solutions is the first step. From there, our in-house design team will provide concepts to be considered that will meet a client’s needs and expectations. Whether it’s a custom new home being built, a complete remodel, or updating an older bath area, LHS will take a concept and bring it to life.

Now that’s what LUXURY looks like!

Luxury Home Solutions – Luxury Home Builder – Design – Remodeling

12244 Treeline Avenue, #7

Fort Myers, Florida 33913



LHS Supports Local Education



Thursday evening, May 21st, Luxury Home Solutions was given a chance to provide a hands-on learning experience to 4th-year students (some graduating next month) from Southern Technical College’s Interior Design Program.  These students are in or approaching, the workforce with the mindset of gaining valuable experience and credit in order to test for the NCIDQ.

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The Country Club Collection

The Country Club Collection of new construction luxury homes in Southwest Florida are characterized by their Mediterranean feel, open floor plans for entertaining, garden court yards, outdoor kitchen, dining and pool areas, and spacious master bedrooms with extra closet space. Attention to detail, quality construction materials, and high building standards are key to constructing these beautiful homes. These homes combine affordable luxury with low maintenance and thoughtful design, specifically designed for large families or vacation homes.

As your trusted custom home builder in Southwest Florida, we thought of all the details necessary to create a functional vacation home, built for low maintenance and to withstand the weather, erosion and threat of hurricanes.

Some key features of our Country Club Collection include:

+ Open Floor Plan

+ Vaulted Ceilings

+ Over-sized Master Suites

+ Outdoor Living Spaces

+ Gourmet Kitchens

+ Oversize Laundry & Pantry

+ Guest suites

The Coastal Collection

We have two Showcase Homes in our Coastal Collection currently under construction in Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. Click the links below to learn more about our new construction showcase homes for sale.

The Coastal Collection of new construction luxury homes in Southwest Florida are characterized by their open floor plans for entertaining, structural stability, durability in coastal and beach conditions, attention to detail, quality construction materials, high building standards. These homes combine affordable luxury with low maintenance and thoughtful design, specifically intended for vacation homes.

As your trusted custom home builder in Southwest Florida, we thought of all the details necessary to create a functional vacation home, built for low maintenance and to withstand the weather, erosion and threat of hurricanes.

Some key features of our Coastal Series Showcase Homes include:

+ Open Floor Plan

+ Vaulted Ceilings

+ Elevated Concrete Foundation

+ 26 Gauge Metal Roof


+ HardiePlank Lap Siding

+ Hurricane Impact Windows & Doors

+ Covered Parking for boats, trailers, and automobiles>


Riverfront Poolside Retreat

Project Overview:

The homeowners were originally seeking to add an in-ground pool to their expansive 13 acre property in Alva, FL. With the help Luxury Home Solutions’ custom home building and remodeling contractor, Norm Bloxham, their vision expanded into creating relaxing pool and guest cabana for the family and their guests to enjoy. The project included designing and building the entire space from concept to completion and taking into consideration all of the special details that make this project so unique.

Special Details:

To accommodate the request for maximized sunlight, the deck area was elevated by four feet, and the degree of the angle the house was built on allows for maximum sun exposure on the pool deck. The deck was also built with a bullnose surrounding for safety to prevent slipping and the bathroom and entries to the house were built to allow for wheelchair accessibility.

Key Client Considerations:

A major consideration for the homeowners was having family members that need wheelchair accessibility, certain safety measures and accessibility aspects had to be taken into consideration to allow for ease and comfort when they are visiting in the guest house. The homeowner also wanted to ensure that the structure of the deck and pool area maximized sunlight for their relaxation and recreation while enjoying their pool.

Services Performed:

  • Built a one bedroom, fully functional guest house
  • Designed and created layout for guest house, pool, and outdoor living space
  • Structurally engineered with steel columns to maximize view
  • Shower ramped with double doors for wheelchair accommodation
  • Custom cabinetry to accommodate 60′ t.v.
  • Hand selected rock for fire pit, spa, and kitchen backsplash
  • Set up Jandy pool controls to automate outdoor living from homeowner’s iPhone

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Ugliest Kitchen Contest

ugly kitchen contest

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Any home owner who has an ugly kitchen and a budget of $34,000 or greater to remodel or renovate their kitchen, bath or  home in Southwest Florida (Collier or Lee County) within the nexft 3-6 months.

ENTRY DEADLINE: June 15, 2013

HOW CAN YOU WIN? Simply submit your best photos of your ugly kitchen, along with a 500 -1000 word summary of why we should choose your kitchen.

CONTEST RULES: Open to all residents (both seasonal and full time) who own their home in Lee or Collier County. By participating in this contest and submitting photographs and description of your home, you authorize Luxury Home Solutions to use your photos in marketing materials and online. The winner will receive a free consultation, design and planning agreement, along with 3D renderings of their kitchen remodel. The winner will also receive a $1,000 credit toward their kitchen remodel when they sign a contract with Luxury Home Solutions to complete the project. Luxury Home Solutions reserves the right to select more than one winner. Entries must be received by June 15, 2013.


Simply Enter The Contest by Sending Us Your Entry Package, including the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Property Address
  • How You Found Out About the Contest
  • 500-1000 word description of your kitchen and why it needs remodeling.
  • Tell us your story with photos. Include up to 10 photos of your kitchen.

Email: Enter The Contest

Mailing: Ugliest Kitchen Contest, Luxury Home Solutions, 12244 Treeline Avenue, #7, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Physical Drop Off:  Luxury Home Solutions, 13830 Jetport Commerce Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33913 Call: 239.728.2134

By Submitting Your Entry you agree to the Official Contest Rules: Ugliest-Kitchen-Contest-Rules


Florida Golf Getaway

Project Overview:

Canadian homeowners were looking to transform their foreclosure find into the perfect relaxing golf vacation getaway in this featured whole home renovation. Our team at Luxury Home Solutions helped the couple envision the potential in the Southwest Florida home and bring their personal style and touches to all aspects of the home with this incredible home renovation. The house was substantially changed, both structurally and cosmetically to bring to life this vision, including:  custom flooring and cabinetry throughout, gutting and remodeling the entire kitchen, custom bath and shower in both bathrooms, built in fireplace and entertainment area in living room, re-plumbing, adding a golf cart garage onto the house, a custom outdoor kitchen, bleaching the pool deck, re-sodding, and replacing the driveway.

Special Details:

  • Long distance communication with the client
  • Sub-par (un-level) construction of original structure
  • Poor previous workmanship in the house

Key Client Considerations:

  • Communication on all aspects of the project
  • Special home security with ability to unlock doors and monitor from Canada
  • Creating a custom, relaxing retreat for the client

LHS Remodeling Services:


  • Re-plumbed entire house
  • Replaced driveway
  • Built-on golf cart garage
  • Re-graded exterior
  • Re-sealed windows and skylights
  • Installed impact rated front doors
  • Installed high-tech security system
  • Remodeled both bathrooms
  • Added wainscoting to the living room
  • Built in electric fireplace and entertainment in the living room
  • Gutted and installed new custom flooring throughout [/one third]
  • High end appliances installed in kitchen
  • Custom granite counters and cabinetry in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Crown molding throughout
  • Epoxy paint floor in the garage
  • Custom travertine steps from garage to house
  • Cabinet update in laundry room
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  • Custom shelving throughout
  • Custom glass shower in guest bath
  • Custom built bath tub unit with backsplash in guest bath
  • Set-up remote controlled lights/fans/blinds
  • Custom closet doors with mirrors
  • New light fixtures
  • Custom wine cooler and wet bar
  • Custom built-in walk-in closet
  • Replaced master bath tub with a claw foot tub
  • Custom shower in master bath with steamer, music, and lights
  • Special toilet installation in master
  • Backsplash added in the kitchen
  • “Pass through” window from kitchen to outdoor kitchen
  • Custom outdoor kitchen
  • Installed outdoor shower
  • Resurfaced pool and spa deck
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    Luxury Home Building and Design & Remodeling in Southwest Florida Service Areas

    Luxury Home Solutions is proud to be a premier custom home builder and provides home building, design and remodeling for luxury homes throughout the following areas of Southwest Florida.

    Collier County, Florida

    Belle Meade, Carnestown, Copeland, Chokoloskee, Corkscrew, East Naples, Everglades City, Fakahatchee, Goodland, Golden Gate, Harker, Immokalee, Isles of Capri, Jerome, Lely, Lely Resort, Lee Cypress, Marco, Miles City, Naples, Naples Park, Naples Manor, North Naples, Ochopee, Old Grove, Orangetree, Old Marco Junction, Palm River, Palm River Estates, Pelican Bay, Plantation Island, Pine Ridge, Rock Island, Royal Palm Hammock, Sunniland, Shell Island, Trailtown, Turkey Foot, Vineyards, Vanderbilt Beach, Wagon Wheel

    Lee County, Florida

    Alva, Bayshore, Bayshore Manor, Biggar, Boca Grande, Bonita Shores, Bonita Springs, Bokeelia, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Cape Coral, Charleston Park, Captiva,Coconut, Council, Cypress Lake, Estero, Flamingo Bay, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Forest Island Park, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Myers Villas, Gateway, Gasparilla, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, McGregor, Matlacha, Matlacha Isles, Matlacha Shores, Morse Shores, North Fort Myers, Olga, Palmona Park, Page Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland, Port Boca Grande, Punta Rassa, Salvista, Saint James City, San Carlos Park, Shell Point Village, Slater, Sanibel, Suncoast Estates, Telegraph Estates, Truckland, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas, Wulfert, Whiskey Creek, Ybel

    Charlotte County, Florida

    Acline, Aqui Esta, Bermont, Cape Haze, Charlotte Harbor, Cleveland, Charlotte Park, El Jobean, Grove City, Gilchrist, Harbor View, Harbour Heights, Manasota Key, Murdock, Morgantown, New Point Comfort, Pirate Harbor, Peace River Shores, Port Charlotte, Placida, Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda Beach, Punta Gorda Isles, Ridge Harbor, Rotonda, Sans Souci, Solana, South Punta Gorda Heights, Tee and Green Estates, Tuckers Corner, Tropical Gulf Acres