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By Kelly Merritt | Photography by Erin Nagle
"Architecture, nature, fashion and the arts have long inspired photographey in professionals and students alike. So when Larry Porter of Porter Van Arsdale Construction gave college student Erin Nagle a shot at photographing one of Porter Van Arsdale's renovated homes, she jumped at the chance. 'Having an opportunity like this is great for any aspiring artist,' said Nagle, who traveled to Naples for the photo shoot from Alabama..." read more...

 

PROJECT: HISTORICAL RENOVATION - PALM COTTAGE GARDENS

By Kevin Caffrey | Photography by Ed Chappell
"It would seem the places that have been loaned to us for an finite period of time must have stories to tell and lessons to share. Structures, native vegetation and the sandy, Southwest Florida soil that serves as their foundation conceal the ways of bygone eras that have shaped life as it is today. For the curious - those who revere the past as they build the future - unlocking those secrets can be as simple as listening to the rich voices of the past that have so much to share..." read more...

 

PROJECT: HISTORICAL RENOVATION - CHRISTMAS COTTAGE

"Bringing Skeletons Back to Life" - Portfolio Magazine, March 2011
By Kevin Caffrey
"When taking a walk through Old Naples, resisting the temptation to romanticize what the area must have been like over a century ago can be difficult. Charming Old Florida cottages – many of them restored, others not so much – provide myriad hints of a bygone lifestyle that placed a premium on living in harmony with an environment that could be as harsh as it was tranquil.  Oh, if their walls could talk!..." read more...
 
By Kathy Becker | Photography by Nick Shirghio
"When Patricia "Trish" Paolini first looked at the circa 1914-1917 cottage with its peeling paint and jalousie-windowed porch on Broad Avenue South in 2002, she knew it was the house for her. However, her husband, Larry, a Cape Nay, New Jersey, dermatologist, didn't even want to look inside, despite the home's location, steps from Third Street South's shopping and restaurants..." read more...
 
"The Christmas Cottage" - La Vie Claire, Fall 2007
Story and Photography by Terry Pommett
"It was October when Trish and Larry Paolini first met Dorothy McLenon. They were looking for their dream house in Naples, Florida, and the first house they were shown belonged to her. Trish was surprised to see a decorated Christmas tree on the porch. "I love Christmas and told her it was nice to see someone decorating so early in the season," she recalls. "Dorothy replied, 'Sweetheart, I've had that tree up for fifteen years. One Christmas, I couldn't bear to take it down, so it's been up ever since.'" Hearing this, Trish turned to Larry and whispered, "This is our Christmas Cottage..." read more...

 

PROJECT: RESIDENTIAL RENOVATION - OLD NAPLES HOME & SCULPTURE GARDEN

By Kathy Becker | Photography by Jerry Rabinowitz
"Like many visitors who become residents, Selma Nettles has found her appreciation of Naples has grown considerably. Visiting old friends led to investing in property in 2004. She now finds herself in a renovated sky blue Old Naples cottage with a sculpture garden on two adjacent lots..." read more...
 
 
PROJECT: VILLA RENOVATION - INTERLACHEN VILLA
By Kevin Caffrey
"The vision started eveolving in the summer of 2009 when Porter Van Arsdale Construction President Larry Porter first set eyes on the villa that Canadians Gordon and Diane Craig had purchased in Interlachen at Pelican Bay in North Naples. Originally designed by an architectural firm founded by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in the 1980's. the two-bedroom, two-bath residence struck Porter as being tired, dark and out of date. The dining room and master bedroom had peculiat looking cone-shaped ceilings. The remainder of the home had eight-foot ceilings and the floors throughout the living areas were tiled..." read more...