Luxury home builder lands next-level client and builds $6 million dream home in Fort Myers Beach

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Glen Harris III, son of a cowboy and cattle rancher from Florida, took a different direction than his father.

Harris III became a builder of luxury homes.

Harris and co-worker Kevin Scott operate Alair Homes of Sanibel. It is one of four Alair franchises in Florida. In the summer of 2018, they landed their biggest client yet.

A former theme park manager assigned Harris to build his family’s forever dream home. The executive, who did not want to be named, assigned Richard Guzman of RG Designs to the architecture, Michelle Stahl of Freestyle Interiors to the interior design and Alair as the main construction contractor.

The five-bedroom, six-full-and-three-half-bathroom home on Fort Myers beach on the bay side measures 16,530 square feet, including 8,482 under four air-conditioning units.

The land and the existing house cost $2 million. The old house was razed and approximately $6 million in construction costs were invested in the new house.

“They live in the house and they wanted it to be that way,” Stahl said. “Everything is very relaxed. And that’s the proof of the party.

Stahl practically had free rein with the interior design.

“That was the funnest part,” she said. “They wanted it laid back, and they were going to entertain a lot of people. It is a transitional coastline. We didn’t want anything too formal.

In the event of a hurricane or extended power outage, there are two 1,000 gallon propane tanks that can power the house from a generator for three to four weeks.

The house is wired for stereo sound. Smart technology allows homeowners to lock doors, lower shades and blinds, adjust air conditioning, and more, all from their phone or tablet.

There are two three-car garages, one on each side of the house. There’s a gym, a 300-bottle wine cellar refrigerated at 55 degrees, and a “butler’s kitchen” hidden behind what look like two long cupboard doors.

One of the bedrooms is part of an integrated guest suite with its own laundry room, living room and kitchenette. Three other bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, are on the ground floor with a pool table in a common area

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The home was built with entertaining guests in mind, which is why the living room, elevated approximately 14 feet above the ground, opens to an elevated infinity pool overlooking Estero Bay.

The underside of the pool is connected to the garage and looks like an overturned concrete table.

“With our company, this was our first elevated pool,” Harris said.

Harris began construction before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Groundbreaking began in late 2019. By March 2020, he had most of the foundation in place. The timing led to some complications later on.

“Glass makers started closing,” Harris said. “Glass has become a really difficult item to obtain.”

The owners moved in July 2021. Design to completion took around three years, with construction taking around 18 months.

“We got a lot of traffic, a lot of buzz,” Harris said of what the house has given back to her business. “It’s the biggest house we’ve made. It put us on another level.

“What’s great about this property is that it’s opposite a no-wake zone.

For about 18 months, Alair Homes had a sign with his phone number posted in plain view of all the boats that passed him each day. The big project helped to do more.

Next step for Alair: renovations of the house next to the mansion, which belongs to the same couple; a 6,000 square foot addition to a home on the north end of Fort Myers Beach owned by another client; and a custom home on the south end of the island.

Look for photos and footage of the house next week on WINK-TV.

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