Founded upon the ideals of sophistication, sustainability, and building a legacy within property ownership, Park Row at Crystal Beach was built to truly fill a void in the Destin, Florida luxury real estate market. Consisting of five exclusive single family home offerings, the Bermudan design, and masterful appointments make each home on the Hutchinson street encvale as spectacular as possible.
Four months after meeting, one June day back in the early 90s, Ben and his wife Christel tore down their first house together. With some weekend help from a few friends armed with little more than sledgehammers, the couple took their Arlington, Virginia, fixer-upper down to its foundation, and built a completely new home in its place.
The success of your first fixer-upper often determines whether or not there will be a second. For Ben and Christel, their success prompted Ben to pursue building full-time.
It wasn’t all by chance, though. Ben and Christel shared common ground in real estate development – Ben in residential, and Christel in commercial – and Ben’s grandfather, a career construction man, may have helped inspire Ben at an early age.
After ten more years in D.C., the couple moved to Atlanta in the early 2000s where they took on everything from Section 8 housing to luxurious Buckhead area projects. All the while, Ben and Christel paid visits to the Destin area – a place Ben came to know during his tour at Tyndall Air Force Base in nearby Panama City, Florida – and began investing in real estate there.
Homes in Atlanta were being built to be lived in. Renting a home – even long-term – carried a stigma, and with it, the potential for depreciated value. The couple quickly noticed quite the opposite in the Destin area, where the short-term rental market was shaping homes being built at the beach, which occasionally forsaked function (and style) for capacity.
Each new project Ben and Christel took on together was an opportunity for the couple to refine their product and deliver more of what buyers in the market were looking for. And, as their business model continued to change, from fixer-upper to a more ground-up approach, they welcomed aboard Christel’s brother, Chad Wandrick. A licensed general contractor, Chad, along with his family, live a few doors down from Ben and Christel, who made Destin their home in 2010.
Now, Ben’s penchant for functional planning, Christel’s eye for design, and the team’s willingness to try something new is taking shape in an entirely new way – one that is redefining a prominent part of the Destin landscape.
Archiscapes, LLC is a local South Walton architecture firm specializing in residential and commercial design services. The firm provides master planning services for large-scale residential and commercial developers. A popular line of “ready to build” home plans for residential customers have been built through out the South East including the South Walton Communities of Forest Lakes and Grand Point.
Archiscapes has a four-person team tackles projects of all sizes and styles. From Watercolor coastal cottages to Seaside Victorians to Gulf-front modern homes, they love the challenge of using new materials and researching different cultures. These days, energy efficiency and green building are a big part of nearly all their projects. Identifying how clients can get the best “Bang for their buck” is something everyone appreciates no matter what type or size of home or office they are building
Above all, Archiscapes loves to have fun with their clients. Anyone who has ever met this team can certainly attest to their delight in pushing the design envelope when it comes to adding fun features to a building, whether that be a secret room in a home or restored antique stained glass in an office. This group likes nothing better than to share with their clients the enjoyment and adventure of designing and building a new home or office.
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