One-stop shopping at Gagne
Dan Gagne and Betsy Phelps of Gagne Construction
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Pine Avenue has seen a lot of changes since the ferry docked at The Anna Maria City Pier to bring day trippers from Tampa to the Gulf beaches early in the last century. With all of the exciting plans on the drawing board for Pine Avenue, the face and function of the historic street is about to change even more. However, one small building has already changed and is a living example of a well designed renovation.
In February of this year, Dan Gagne moved his construction business into a house on Pine Avenue that you’ve probably walked or driven by dozens of times without ever taking notice. He restored the 1936 cottage and converted the former residential space into a charming office and showroom where his clients can feel comfortable and relaxed.
The attention to detail from crown moldings to furniture with a tropical flair will make you feel like you’ve been invited into someone’s home rather than their place of business. The full kitchen and bathroom serve as a show room where clients can get ideas and see samples of cabinetry and tiles they might want to apply to their home renovation.
Dan Gagne started in the construction business in western Massachusetts in 1985. He moved to Florida in 1989 and began working for large builders in the area as project manager and job superintendent. In 2001, he started Gagne Construction specializing in major home and condo renovations, additions and new construction.
Gagne Construction is one stop shopping working primarily on Anna Maria Island and northwest Bradenton, as well as other areas in Manatee County. It will handle every aspect of your job from preliminary designs to obtaining permits to arranging for the landscaping. Gagne points out how valuable a service this is for second home owners who may live in other areas of the country or the world. Frequently, his clients want their renovations done when they are not in Florida, so organization and timing become crucial.
Gagne says there has been a significant increase in the number of inquiries from potential home buyers who are considering purchasing a property that needs renovation. In fact, he makes himself available to meet with real estate agents and their customers to inspect a property they’re considering purchasing. He offers advice relative to the cost of an addition or renovation and explains Manatee County’s 50% rule guidelines.
To help keep him organized is his office manager, Betsy Phelps. Phelps has 16 years experience working with new construction in Manatee County, she runs the office and works with clients in choosing their interior finishes.
In the e-mail, cell phone, voice mail electronic world we live in, it’s not often you get a real voice on the other end of the phone. When you call Gagne Construction, you will hear the cheerful voice of Betsy Phelps inviting you to come on over and see what a quality renovation can look like in the little cottage that suddenly everyone is noticing.
214 Pine Avenue