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41 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E Tropic: Tell us a little about the project... the basics. Max Strang: This particular home was the project of a development team out of New York –– with close ties to South Florida –– who bought the property for $2.25 million in 2012. As completed, the 6,400 square foot home sits on a 10,500-square-foot property. Prices have soared on the Venetian Islands, where this project is located, making spec homes –– those built on pure speculation –– more lucrative but not without opposition. Is this your first commission there? No, we have a number of projects on these isles. The Venetian Islands have recently received substantial redevelopment activity due to their prized location. Last year, we completed a new residence on San Marco Island, and we currently have several active projects on Di Lido Island and San Marino Island. This home is much larger than much of the existing stock. Doesn't fitting 6,400 square feet on a quarter acre lot become a bit of a challenge? The redevelopment occurring on these islands is not being met with- Architect Max Strang on Creating The Perfect, Florida-Centric Spec House. Text: John T. O'Connor Photography: Blue Ocean Photography 41 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E Strang on Spec With the rapid rise in property values in South Florida, particularly waterfront properties, speculative building is on the rise again. And while there are many builders and designers creating variations on the white box theme, a handful of exceptional architects are injecting these new projects with a good dose of only-in-Florida character. For designer Max Strang, clean lines, dramatic overhangs and sophisticated detailing were part of the concept of this spec home built on the Venetian Islands in Miami Beach. We recently spoke to Strang about this well-conceived solution, and about designing for the unknown client.

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