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Reprinted from BUILDER ARCHITECT MAGAZINE, August, 2005

Bay Harbour Homes

Where the Past Meets the Present

will come in 50 or 60 years when our work is appreciated by other generations.

     DiGiacomo and Ross are extremely client-orientated and driven.  “We understand the stress our clients go through given the choices they have to make to bring their home to fruition.  There is so much more to the design and building process now than simply picking the color of granite countertops and ceramic tile.” DiGiacomo said.  “The custom-home building market is full of new and innovative products like radiant barrier insulation, synthetic building materials, state-of-the-art termite protection systems, home automation and structured wiring.  We take the time to teach each of our clients about the latest innovations, and we do it in a way that keeps them from becoming overwhelmed.  That’s what makes us different.”

     According to satisfied homeowner Jim Tagg, “The number of decisions that needed to be made quickly, if not on the spot, was incredible.  The potential to be overwhelmed was high.  Tom and his team were always available, constantly providing suggestions, and were ahead of the curve when issues arose.  In addition, their use of technology was very helpful in avoiding miscommunication.  Tom used e-mail, cell phone, monthly spreadsheet updates on costs and digital pictures that turned into a huge cost savings.  Very few builders are as technically savvy.  Tom’s expertise was evident from the start.  He doesn’t cut corners and has a construction manager, Pat Green, on the site at all times.  No other builder we interviewed was able to make that type of investment in the project.  The result was very few errors, a better quality home and a more efficient process which translated into savings for us.”

     His wife, Kim Tagg, agrees, “I’ve heard horror stories about building a house with most issues centered around the builder. When we started building our dream house, I entered the process with trepidation and fear.  It quickly became apparent that Tom and his management team were different from what I’d heard.  When issues arose, Tom and his associates took ownership and resolved them.  They guided us through many of the difficult decisions with expert advice that was ‘right on the money.’  The final product was a beautiful home and an overall positive building experience.”

     Every happy Bay Harbour Homes client has turned into three more referrals and custom-designed and built homes.  Bay Harbour Homes is now a $13 million business comprised exclusively of negotiated referral work.  Some of its other signature projects include the completion of a 1920’s Spanish Mediterranean-style remodeled home in the Parkland Estates neighborhood, the construction of a new Key-West-style custom home and the renovation of a lighthouse in the Boca Grande area.

      “The Boca Grade home is going to be unique,” said DiGiacomo.  Sitting on piling foundations above the Mangroves, it will have panoramic views from the wraparound porches and is planned to have a striking coastal-style millwork package.  The lighthouse remodeling includes a 7,000- square-foot custom home with five floors of living area in the tower and a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico from the top.” He said.

     “These kinds of custom projects don’t come around very often,” said partner Ross.  “We are very fortunate to have this opportunity.”

     Bay Harbour Homes is focused on developing business in the Tampa area and continues to build it’s reputation as one of the area’s finest custom home builders

     South Tampa boasts affluent neighborhoods and established homes nestled among grand old oak trees. Over the past 15 years, this area has seen tremendous revitalization with its smaller, dated homes being enlarged or replaced by newer, larger ones.  The firm whose name is heard most often in this neighborhood transformation is Bay Harbour Homes, LLC, headed by third-generation builder Tom DiGiacomo.

     DiGiacomo, president of Bay Harbour Homes, is a true custom builder.  He joined the family business, DiGiacomo Construction, in 1986 after graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business.  Recently, he teamed up with partner Rob Ross, who shared his passion for building Old World-style, traditional homes, and they set out to build original, timeless-designed custom homes as Bay Harbour Homes.

     “We are not developers and we do not sell from pre-designed models,” explained DiGiacomo.  “We are a true custom-design-and-build firm working directly for individuals who are remodeling their existing home or starting out fresh, building the home of their dreams.”

     Most of their clients have dreamed about and planned for the opportunity to build their own homes for many years.  “When we first meet with a new client, one of the first questions we ask is if they have photos or pictures of homes or features they’d like to include in their home,” he said. “In nearly every case, they bring us a binder overflowing with pages torn from magazines of homes, appliances and design elements that they’ve collected in the hopes of one day building a custom home of their own.”  

     DiGiacomo and Ross enjoy sharing in the process of making dreams come true and receive great joy in seeing each home materialize.  “Every home we build is as unique and distinct as the people we build them for,” he added.

     Most recently, the company received praise from consumers and critics alike for a stellar home newly constructed on Bay-to-Bay Boulevard.  It is a traditional-style brick home with more than 6,000 square feet of living space and full of details.  It features an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light in a four-bedroom, five-and-one-half bath floor plan with a pool.  It showcases intricate, detailed millwork, a soft palette of interior wall colors contrasted with hardwood flooring throughout the home, and all combined, creates a warm and inviting ambiance.  “It’s the epitome of timeless architecture and design,” he added.

     “Regardless of the size of the home, one of our signature traits is to instill genuine architectural design details and craftsmanship into every home we build.” DiGiacomo said.  “We love combining craftsmanship and styles from yesterday with the technologies of today to create a home that is truly the best of both worlds.  As craftsmen ourselves, we have a true appreciation for the craftsmanship and style of the homes that were built in these neighborhoods years ago.  Our biggest compliment