Customer care and exceptional quality: how Gulfshore Homes turns dreams into reality 

Having built a reputation for transparency, honesty, and integrity, Gulfshore Homes prides itself on being a luxury custom home builder its clients can trust. Whether working with its team of experts to bring clients’ ideas and visions to life with an entirely bespoke home or helping prospective homeowners select a floor plan from its extensive portfolio, the company turns dreams into reality. 

With over 30 years of experience as a licensed and insured builder in Southwest Florida, Gulfshore Homes has the knowledge and expertise to build new homes and refurbish existing properties with the utmost attention to detail while also meeting deadlines and staying within budget.  

Founded in 1993 by President Steven Watt, the Gulfshore Homes team has provided award-winning and innovative custom designs for hundreds of homes. When Executive Vice President, Matthew Shull, joined the team more than ten years ago, he enhanced the company’s capability to continue raising the bar in luxury custom homes. Steve and Matt create the perfect balance and dynamic with their combined business acumen and building knowledge. Decades of collaborative relationships with trade partners, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and engineering firms have ensured a meticulous approach to planning, design, and materials to produce a custom home that suits the homeowner’s lifestyle and personal tastes.  

Adapt and inspire 

As a preferred builder in many sought-after and prestigious communities, Gulfshore Homes has produced some of the finest custom homes. Utilizing only the highest quality materials and working with experienced craftsmen, each home is designed and built to withstand the test of time.  

“We’re a hands-on, customer focused business,” begins Matt. “We walk our clients through every step of the process, which is the part of the job I enjoy most, and which has been fundamental to our success as an organization.” Having recently completed a stunning home in Miromar Lakes, a Southwest Florida community offering boating, beaches and golf, Matt shares details of the prestigious project. “Miromar Lakes boasts a vibrant lifestyle, enhanced by a dynamic social scene, a full calendar of year-round events and award-winning amenities. This is an ultra-modern lakefront home that took 25 months to complete. We’re also currently working on a three-story, 8000-square-foot property there which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2025.” 

Gulfshore Homes has experienced considerable growth in recent years, largely thanks to its exceptional product. “For a long time,” Matt explains, “we were a traditional design and build firm, but with a lot of ideas for more modern homes. As people became more interested in modern designs, we introduced concepts gently over time in line with demand, to the point where we’re now comfortably delivering ultramodern designs. At Gulfshore Homes, we specialize in designing and building custom homes that cater to clients’ unique requirements. Our team expertly integrates the latest architectural styles, smart-home technologies, and meticulous craftsmanship to create homes that stand out for their quality and elegance. To meet clients’ needs, we’ve traditionally worked with external designers. I’ve never had a right-hand person to call on for immediate help with design queries and decisions, so, we decided to introduce in-house designers to incorporate interior design into the initial phases of project planning. This has been immensely successful. We now have a team of five designers helping us deliver a comprehensive customer service experience.” 

Alongside custom home builds and design and build services, Gulfshore Homes understands that customers’ evolving lifestyles demand spaces that adapt and inspire. Whether a desire for a bespoke kitchen or a comprehensive transformation, Gulfshore Homes’ expertise in high-end renovations ensures every detail reflects a client’s unique style and functional needs.

“Right now, the renovation market has exploded in Southwest Florida. Lots of people are looking to bring their homes up to date with soft contemporary interior and exterior finishes. So much so, we have renovation work in the pipeline taking us up to 2026. We now have in-house architectural design, which enables clients to quickly visualize any design amendments. With modernist design, people particularly appreciate seeing visual representations in real time while making design decisions,” he elaborates. 

Looking to the future, Matt shares his hopes for continued growth. “I’m looking to expand into the East Coast of Florida through Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale; to create a footprint on the East Coast like our existing presence in the west. Of course, to facilitate greater expansion, we need to have the right people alongside us. We have a couple of younger people working for us, and we’re hoping to bring them up through the ranks as part of our succession planning.  

“In my opinion, I don’t think there’s anybody else locally to rival what we do. We have a comprehensive team committed to customer service and client relationships, which is critical for successful and seamless design build services. Our experienced and accomplished construction team continually explores new opportunities for superior building techniques, improved quality, and energy efficiency. Our unwavering dedication to providing each homeowner with the highest caliber of architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscaping alongside unparalleled customer service continues to distinguish us as one of Southwest Florida’s leading custom home builders. 

“Our dedicated people consistently go the extra mile for customers, providing personal attention throughout the building process. Each homeowner is allocated a project manager and superintendent to ensure the process is smooth. We supervise every aspect personally and on-site, and each home has distinctive flair and close attention to the smallest of details. We recognize that building a dream home comes with a unique set of challenges,” he concludes, “so, we work closely with our clients to create solutions that ensure their vision becomes a reality.”