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ABOUT US

Choosing the right builder can be a challenge in the competitive Custom Home market. And at Big Island Builders, we’d rather you take the time to examine who you want to partner with on your project, your investment, your home, your dream. Because this is a moment when the right decision will make all the difference.

 

As Naples premier concierge builder since 1999, we take things personally. In fact, every home we build is personal to us. Each year we focus on just a few exceptional projects in order to guarantee our purpose remains squarely on making the dreams of our clients a reality — and at the best possible rates. We do what we do for people who appreciate quality, commitment, accountability and attention to detail. We’re dedicated to customer service and being available before, during and after the process. In short, we’re dedicated to building it right. 

 

With three generations of builders within the Bowerman family, it’s been ingrained in us to do exceptional work, in a collaborative manner, with a team that prides itself on looking out for our clients’ best interests. And while the numerous awards and accolades show our commitment to excellence, we’re prouder of the fact that our clients choose us time and time again, knowing that we are committed to quality, transparency and value. 

At Big Island Builders, we’re dedicated to building lasting relationships… and stunning homes. We call it inspired luxury.

It’s the luxury of knowing you’ve made the right choice.

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OUR PROCESS

We believe the build process should be straightforward, honest, and a team effort.  Our commitment to building extraordinary homes, and our passion for earning long-time personalized client relationships, guarantees that you will love your new home now, and forever more.

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Connect

Building something as personal as a home requires an understanding that we are taking your vision and turning it into the physical embodiment of your dreams. It’s a task we don’t take lightly. Nor is it a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s truly a collaborative effort. We want to learn everything about your needs, wants and style in order to help you create your dream home. No question or concern is too small and we pride ourselves on being available to you anytime. We can bring together the architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and, with a licensed real estate agent on staff, we can even help you find the perfect lot.

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Budget

Our mission is to build the best house for the best price. You may find it hard to believe, but we actually try to save you money along the way. In fact, when we are brought onto a project early enough — meaning before architectural plans are finalized — we can aid in the process and offer “value engineering,” suggesting cost saving structural and cosmetic alternatives, helping to keep the vision in tact and the budget on point.

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Build

We’ve made a commitment to create a group of professionals that is like family, and one who looks out for your best interests. And we come to work daily with one goal in mind: to build gorgeous custom homes we can be proud of. As Naples premier concierge builder, Big Island Builders is dedicated to crafting inspired homes by utilizing our strong relationships with talented subcontractors, our commitment to schedules, and our unwavering attention to detail. Best of all, we’re committed to transparency throughout the process.

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Relax

We have shelves full of awards and numerous testimonials to prove we’re a team of experts, but they don’t mean as much as the satisfaction of our clients. Our secret is that every team member cares as much about the details you can’t see as the ones you can. So when you open the door to your new home, you can rest assured things were done right — by professionals who care.

 
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OUR TEAM

Jay Bowerman | FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

 

Growing up with a father who was a respected custom home builder in Miami, Jay Bowerman has building in his blood. As a young man, he learned every aspect of building by working with his hands as a master carpenter and concrete finisher. He returned home most days with hands turned orange from laying steel in slabs and footings. And when he moved to Naples in 1999, he assumed he would just roll into town and have every architect and Realtor recognize his talents and the work would just appear. But the “good old boy” network that existed back then made things tough. Once that reality sank in, he knew he was going to have to prove himself one project at a time. He drove the neighborhoods where he wanted to build, hoping for a break, and it came when he met a man by his mailbox. Jay asked him if he needed any work done on his house, and the man replied, “I actually want to tear it down and build a new home.” Shortly thereafter, the process of designing and building a new waterfront home began and word quickly spread about this honest, fairly-priced and talented “new” builder creating high-quality custom homes. All these years later, Jay has assembled a team of professionals who care as much about the clients as he does and have a passion for building exceptional houses at a fair price. Now, as the honors and awards for Big Island Builders have piled up, Jay remains grounded in the understanding that the business started from very humble beginnings … and he is thankful for every opportunity to do what he loves.

Cheryl Boot | OFFICE MANAGER & CONTROLLER

 

Cheryl joined Big Island Builders in 2020 as Office Manager/Controller. She has worked for various sub-contractors in the construction industry in Naples since 1986, so she knows the business better than most. She has more than 35 years accounting experience, having worked for a Department of Defense electronics manufacturer for 11 years, a tile/marble and granite subcontractor for 18 years and a landscape architect for seven years. This diversified background helps her easily navigate the process of working with clients and subcontractors. It also helps to bring an inclusive, team approach to Big Island Builders. Born in Paterson, N.J., she’s been married to her husband Dave for 41 years, with two married daughters and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include exercising, boating, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Thomas Weeks | SITE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Born and raised in Central Florida amongst a family of builders, architects, engineers and craftsmen, Thomas realized his passion for the construction industry from a young age. It was this motivation that led him to pursue a career in custom home building after graduating from high school. Starting off as a laborer, Thomas quickly grew his career to become a superintendent given his exceptional knowledge of construction and attention to detail. As a Site Supervisor, he exceeds client’s expectations by establishing and managing a timely schedule for subcontractors to ensure the home meets the standards for Big Island Builders and adheres to the timeline. Thomas continuously works to improve the construction process by keeping his clients informed and involved in the issues that arise on the job site. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors both hunting and fishing with friends, family, and Boots, his beagle.

Ryan Burns | SITE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, Ryan has more than 20 years in the homebuilding industry and holds a builder’s license in three different states. Ryan spent 15 years in the finish carpentry field where he was self-employed. His favorite project was a 7-million-dollar spec house where he installed the custom woodwork throughout. He recently joined the team at Big Island Builders and, in his role as Site Supervisor, he prides himself on his communication skills, which allow him to efficiently manage subcontractors and ensure the build remains on schedule. Having been involved in more than 300 builds and/or remodels, he is able to work effectively with architects, engineers, subcontractors, inspectors, and building officials. Ryan’s passion for woodworking (and the building industry at large) made him a perfect fit for the team here at Big Island Builders. Homeowners are at ease knowing Ryan is in charge of their custom home as his trustworthiness, personable nature, and caring personality are evident upon the first introduction. Over and above his building background, he marks his most valuable achievements as his marriage and being a father to his two sons.

Nick Pesetkiy | SITE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Nick’s parents brought him to the United States from Belarus when he was just 14 years old, in the search of a better life. And it was during his upbringing that his father taught him to never be afraid of hard work. That life lesson came in handy when Nick and his wife bought their second project to “quickly” remodel and flip: it turned out to be a two-year project. But that experience changed the course of his life and he entered the construction industry. It’s been seven years since he started his very first construction project. And now, he and his wife have four kids (two boys and two girls) and during their free time they love to fish, golf, build Legos, or just watch a movie on Friday night. Nick likes to say he is an open book with the motto: “clean and honest living.” 

Chris Cook | SITE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Chris began working in construction as a 16-year-old on his stepfather’s commercial projects.  At 18, he became a member of the local AFL-CIO labor union in Colorado Spring and worked on concrete forming and finishing crews. Since arriving in Southwest Florida in 2002, he has been involved in commercial and residential construction with an emphasis on structural steel and concrete. His project management experience includes large estate homes, multi-story/multi-family structures, commercial and industrial projects. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor (license CBC1260421), and he brings passion, energy, and attention to detail to every project. Before joining Big Island Builders, Chris spent nine years in facilities management for the Lee County Library System and the Lee County Facilities Department. He married his teenage sweetheart in 1985 and together they have four children and three grandchildren. He enjoys time on the beach whenever possible with his family and two dogs, Maggie and Lucy. In addition, he loves to read and research in his spare time.  

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OUR FOUNDER'S HISTORY

"Our commitment, passion, and attention to detail have been passed down from three generations. Our heritage of excellence will create your dream home."

 

When our founder and president Jay Bowerman started working for his father as a young man, he learned quickly that construction is a "hands-on" business. He learned every aspect of building from actually working with his hands as a master carpenter and concrete finisher, (most days his hands turned orange from tying and placing steel in slabs and footings). As the years progressed, he learned how build a team of subcontractors and help motivate them to the same kind of excellence and hard work.​

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Since 1999, Big Island Builders has been specializing in new luxury custom homes and an extensive range of remodeling projects with a passion for excellence unequaled in Southwest Florida. Big Island Builders is committed to providing every project with the very latest design and highest quality materials and finishes. We have a long-established reputation for making the construction process a smooth and gratifying experience. We build each home and complete each remodel project as if it were our own, which is why so many of our clients are repeat customers.