Florida Weekly, July 8, 2015 - Koogler Homes introduces Island Series

Florida Weekly, July 8, 2015 - Koogler Homes introduces Island Series

Koogler Homes has introduced the Island Series, a new string of single-story custom floor plans. The new plans are The Amador (in French, "the love of poetry") and The Renomme, which translates to "renowned."

The Amador plan is under construction as a model home located at 5315 Mayfair Court, Cape Coral and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The Renomme will also be built in Cape Coral after the completion of The Amador, as Koogler Homes will be celebrating its 15th year in business in 2016.

Both homes will showcase nearly 2,500 square feet of tropical living under air with 15-foot Koogler Signature ceilings throughout. Hurricane impact glass sliders and doorways will open the living areas and bordering bedrooms to the outdoors and an expansive covered lanai featuring a summer kitchen and resort-style pool with spa.

The gourmet kitchens in both homes will be accentuated with Silestone countertops, wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances above a floor of 18 x 18-inch decorative tiles. A large kitchen island with double sink, dishwasher and breakfast bar for six provides the chef a readymade audience during the preparation of culinary delights. Both luxury packages will be completed with paver driveways, lanais and pool decks.


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Naples Daily News, June	30, 2015 - Koogler Homes introduces Island Series floor plans

Naples Daily News, June 30, 2015 - Koogler Homes introduces Island Series floor plans

Koogler Homes has introduced the Island Series, a new series of single-story custom floor plans, announced Don Koogler, president of Koogler Homes. The new plans are The Amador (in French, “the love of poetry”) and The Renomme (pronounced RAY-NO-MAY), which translates to “renowned.”

The Amador plan is now under construction as a model home located at 5315 Mayfair Court in Cape Coral and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. The Renomme will also be built in Cape Coral after the completion of The Amador, as Koogler Homes will be celebrating its 15th year in business in 2016.

Both homes will showcase nearly 2,500 square feet of luxurious, tropical living under air with 15-foot Koogler Signature ceilings throughout. Hurricane-impact glass sliders and doorways will open the living areas and bordering bedrooms to the outdoors and an expansive covered lanai featuring a summer kitchen and resort-style pool with spa. The gourmet kitchens in both homes will be accentuated with Silestone countertops, wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances above a floor of 18 x 18-inch decorative tiles. A large kitchen island with double sink, dishwasher and breakfast bar for six provides the chef a ready-made audience during the preparation of culinary delights. Both luxury packages will be completed with paver driveways, lanais and pool decks.

The standard of a Koogler Home is defined by the attention to detail paid to the outside living area similar to the exacting standards of what is found inside. The Island Series models are no exception. More than half the space of the air conditioned indoors is dedicated to the outdoors where you will find a custom designed pool and spa overlooked by a spacious covered lanai with the convenience of an outdoor kitchen. The indoors is blended with the outdoors through large, sliding impact-glass doors from the great room, dining room and master suite. A pool bath and large storage area provide added convenience to family and guests.

Don Koogler is a master woodworker who has been building homes for more than 40 years and in Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. In 2016, Koogler Homes will be celebrating its 15th year in business under the Koogler Homes brand. In keeping with the company’s promise of “Our Signature is on Every Home,” Don works hands-on during the building process of every home. He builds a limited number of homes every year in order to keep tight quality control and to continue to participate in every facet of construction to ensure a one-of-a-kind residence.

Koogler Homes’ office is located at 434 S.E. 47 Terrace Suite B, Cape Coral.


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The News-Press, June 2, 2015 - Building permits strong, foreclosures low in Lee

The News-Press, June 2, 2015 - Building permits strong, foreclosures low in Lee

Builders in Lee County pulled 277 single-family-home permits in May, more than February's 272 — even with numbers not available June 1 for Bonita Springs.

There were 343 in March and 361 in April, but those months' numbers were pumped up by a deluge of applications to beat the higher impact fees that went into effect after March 13.

Meanwhile, lenders filed 131 foreclosure lawsuits in the county courts in May, up from April's 101 but a far cry from the 2,665 filed in October 2008, the peak of the foreclosure deluge following the residential real estate implosion that began in early 2006, according to statistics released Monday by the Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association.

Don Koogler, owner of custom homebuilder Koogler Homes in Cape Coral, said he's found people this year more willing to put their money in a home here because of the recent ramp-up of Southwest Florida home prices.

Besides being cheaper than most Northern markets, he said, "You can make more money than putting it in a bank" at today's low interest rates, he said.

Offshore buyers are also a significant part of the market, Koogler said - including some from South America, traditionally a sector that bought mainly in the Miami area.

"We're building for a guy from Venezuela right now," he said. "It took people from Venezuela and Colombia a little time to find us."

Jeff Tumbarello, who is director of the association and owner/broker of Steelbridge Realty in North Fort Myers, said a return to the high foreclosure rates of years past are unlikely to come again anytime soon.

For one thing, he said, buyers now are paying in cash. "All-cash percentages are going down but they're still 54 percent, almost twice the average in the state of Florida. We have so little leverage in the county now."

Bonita Springs home permit statistics weren't available Monday but here are the numbers for the rest of the county:

Unincorporated county, 90; Cape Coral, 89; Fort Myers, 96; and Sanibel, 2. No permits were pulled in Fort Myers Beach.


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The News-Press, June 20, 2015 - Father brings son into home-building business

The News-Press, June 20, 2015 - Father brings son into home-building business

When Dan Koogler’s dad called asking him to join the family home-building business, it was no easy decision to make.

“I did have reservations,” said Koogler, 29, a former member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. “I was actually debating whether to continue in the military.”

But he took his father up on the offer, and he’s glad he did — so is Don Koogler, 61, owner of Cape Coral-based custom home builder Koogler Homes.

“I’ve been in this 42 years, and sooner or later I’ve got to get myself out somehow,” he said. “I should be able to retire when I’m 80.”

Dan clearly enjoys his job as a construction supervisor, making sure that everything’s going well with clients and subcontractors alike.

“I find subs, compare bids, find ways to save money,” he said. “I contact the clients.”

Don said continuous attention to a particular project’s details, and contact with everyone involved, is the company’s trademark and the most important element of the business.

Don is still shouldering much of that burden himself.

“I’m not a desk guy,” he said. “I’m a perfectionist. We try to do everything a little differently on each house.”

Bill Dueease, owner of Fort Myers-based Coach Connection, often consults with family-owned businesses in transition.

“The biggest issue is that dad built his business his way on his terms, and that’s why it was successful. His sons, when they finally take it over, have to do it on their terms, and do it because they want to.”

It’s a good sign that Don is already trusting Dan with some of the most important aspects of Koogler’s work, Dueease said.

But 80 percent of a successful passing down of a business comes down to whether the next generation really wants to take over, he said.

Dan leaves little doubt that he wants this challenge.

Asked what he expects to be doing five years from now, he thought for a moment and then nodded to his father: “Him slowly getting to do less, and me taking more of the responsibility.”

But when will Don be ready to turn over the reins?

He’ll stay in the game “as long as I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said.

But the overriding need is to pass Koogler Homes to the next generation, Don said. “That’s my whole goal — to keep it in the family.”


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BusinessObserver, February 19, 2016 - Son moves like father

BusinessObserver, February 19, 2016 - Son moves like father

It’s hard to imagine only a few years ago Cape Coral was at the epicenter of the housing bust.

Even in 2012, luxury homebuilder Don Koogler surprised everyone with a $2.3 million Cape Coral home in the Lee County parade of homes, the priciest in the building industry’s annual showcase.

But there are few doubters today. “We’ve doubled our gross each year,” Koogler says. “We’re doing beyond phenomenal.”

Koogler is so busy building multimillion-dollar homes in Cape Coral and other parts of Lee County that he’s promoted his son Dan Koogler to oversee a line of custom homes called the Island Series. “I’m getting old enough that I can’t do this forever,” says Don Koogler, 62.

Dan Koogler, 30, joined his father at Koogler Homes in 2014 and became a construction supervisor. The younger Koogler completed his first house in January, a 2,500-square-foot home called Amador, the first in the Island Series.

The elder Koogler is bullish on the outlook for real estate and homebuilding. The Cape Coral resident says there’s more work than he can handle himself, but remains wary of getting stretched too thin, even with the next generation in training.

“You can only do so much,” Koogler says. “I believe in going to see every job.”


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Naples Daily News, February 28, 2016 - Personnel announcements

Koogler Homes

Dan Koogler has been promoted to oversee the new Island Series of homes. He joined the family business in 2014 as a construction supervisor managing subcontractors at multiple job sites, directing project equirements and handling the work schedule. A native of Iowa, he moved to Cape Coral in 1996. He graduated from DeVry University in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earning a degree in business management.


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