By Loiuse Bolger
sun staff writer
Hugh Holmes, Jr. has had his toes in the sand on Anna Maria his entire lift. Born and raised on the Island, he remembers when many of the roads were just sand and what an enchanted childhood he had. In fact, he lives in the house his grandfather built in 1951, just one of the many Holmes-built properties on the Island.
In 1935, Jack Holmes, who was born in Sweden, established Holmes Construction Company on Anna Maria Island. He passed his successful business on to his son Hugh Holmes, Sr. who in turn passed it on to his son Hugh Holmes, Jr., the current owner, who started working in the family business while in eighth grade.
Holmes Construction continues to be a family-operated business with Hugh Jr.’s son, Hugh Holmes III, also working in the business, making him the fourth generation of the Holmes’ family building on the Island. Some of Anna Maria’s landmarks including Seaside Gardens, Holmes Shopping Center, Shell Point Condos and Via Roma Apartments were all built by Holmes Construction.
Holmes fiercely protects his company’s reputation for quality built commercial and residential properties. Holmes Construction has always focused on quality control and pride of workmanship, which is why Holmes has a staff of carpenters among his 11 employees which also includes his wife Christine. The company does very little subcontracting, specializing in custom homes, remodeling and additions and is happy to handle both big and small jobs. And as Holmes points out, “We are not just an island contractor.” Jobs in Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key and Terra Ceia, are frequently on their agenda.
During the past several years, business has expanded to include the installation of impact resistant windows, hurricane panels and roof retrofits to protect against hurricanes. Holmes Construction is also designated a My Safe Florida contractor for customers who want to take advantage of up to $5,000 in state rebates for eligible properties.
Holmes told me a story about a Longboat Key building inspector who recently took the time to call him about a Holmes Construction property he just finished inspecting. He told Holmes how impressed he was with the quality of the workmanship and the overall excellent condition of the property.
Holmes appreciated the call, but was not surprised, notinbg “When it’s done right it lasts longer,” a motto the Holmes family has built on for four generations.
Holmes Construction Company
5347 Gulf Drive