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Laskaris Residence

Case Study

Project Scope

The Laskaris New Home was built to replace their previous home that suffered extensive fire damage in a lightning strike. At nearly 18,000 square feet, the home covers the majority of an island on Lake Delton and includes many intricate and high end custom features. Just a few of the custom features include an elevator, pool with water slide, pool house, metal railings, and large windows specifically designed for the windy lake.

Type of Construction: New Home

Size of Project: 17,928 S.F. home including 3-1500 S.F. wings and an 880 S.F. pool cabana

Duration of Project: 19 Months

Project Details:

In May of 2016, the Laskaris family lost their 18,000 square foot home on Clare Isle in Lake Delton to a lightning strike. That August, the family began demolition and making plans to rebuild their home into a Mediterranean-style dwelling.

Two years later, dissatisfied with the general contractor they had been consulting with, Nick and Eva met with Tom Holtz, the Owner of Holtz Builders Inc. Tom referred them to a new architect and continued to assist them throughout the entire drawing process. October of 2018 Nick, Eva, the Architect’s staff (ADCI) and Holtz Builder’s staff met to review schematic design plans.

 

Our Proactive Plan:

Prior to receiving final construction plans and to help prevent any delays, many samples were reviewed with the Owner to make finish selections. Holtz Builders Inc. also set up meetings with the selected MEP’s for this project to go over the Owner’s unique and very specific design ideas to make sure everything was accounted for prior to the start of construction.

The home also had numerous hips and valleys in the roof system, along with special engineered trusses to support the Owner’s furnished car and motorcycle hung in the man cave from the ceiling. This feature was very important to the Owners and with our pre-planning in place, installation went smoothly.

The Challenges and Our Solution:

Mid construction, the Owner’s requested changes to the Verandas arch & column details and ceiling which caused some project delays while waiting for the finalized plans. With winter weather fast approaching and a delivery of six separate shipments, it was all hands on deck to install the large sized windows that were predesigned by the window manufacturer due to the wind loads on the large window wall. The island gets strong winds off the lake in all directions, so the EIFS contractor set up scaffolding and mandatory screening to protect any debris from going into the lake.

Casework and countertops for the kitchen & bath designs as well as flooring selections were provided by suppliers hired by Nick and Eva. When it came time for installation, the casework supplier started the install but could not complete it, creating another setback. Once again, the Superintendent and Project Manager requested all hands on deck to complete the casework installation to prevent any further scheduling delays.

Fun Fact: The final item to complete on the project was the extensive 7’w x 14’h custom front entry door, complete with an arch top and six glass panels in a rich finish to welcome and awe all that see it. Close supervision of the door installation on the day it was delivered was a must so that this one-of-a-kind door was not damaged.

(It’s our dream house, too!)