Clifford M. Scholz Architects Inc.

(941) 364-4600
www.cmsa1.com

Services Provided
Specializing in new construction, renovations of custom residences, waterfront properties, golf and country clubs, offices and various commercial properties, gives CMSA a broad range of experience. Combining the tradition of classical architecture and clean contemporary lines sets CMSA apart from all others. We work with Contractors, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects to bring you a quality home.

Areas Served
Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Engelwood, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Bay Isles, Coconut Grove, Miomar Lakes, Coral Gables, Marco Island...

Business Description
Founded in 1992 and celebrating 20 years of successful design collaboration with clients. CMSA has been making a mark on many premiere waterfront properties throughout Florida with custom designed residences, elegant renovations, golf course developments, and commercial properties. Tapping into the talent of our highly qualified architects & interior designers, the firm is recognized and respected throughout the United States.

CMSA has a staff of experienced architects, interior designers, researchers, specification writers, detail specialists and administrative personnel. Each member of the team works together to ensure the quality of design, including the integrity of the budget and the time schedule for completion of work. Working in tandem with the client, the professionals at CMSA create designs with elegance and enduring quality.

Clifford M. Scholz, AIA, LEED AP, FGBC CA – President

As founder and namesake of CMSA, Cliff brings over 35 years of experience in architecture and construction. His sense of design and clear-cut goals have guided his firm and created a reputation for quality and excellence. As lead architect, he is responsible for design and construction management for projects consisting of custom residential developments, office structures, commercial renovations, golf clubs and high-rise condominium buildings. He takes a proactive role in every project as the client contact, and directs his team of highly skilled professionals to keep every endeavor in balance.

Cliff is a very active member of the community and maintains memberships in the following organizations; Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, NCARB, Chamber of Commerce of Sarasota County, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a Leadership Sarasota Alumni. Cliff is also a Certifying Agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition, and LEED AP certified by the US Green Building Council.

Cliff received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Cliff is also a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida.

Certification and Awards
Home of the Year in SRQ-2014
Sarasota County Award Winning Architect - Best of Houzz 2014
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We didn't design the original pool, but we repurposed it This was actually quite a dramatic renovation.

The concept was to transform two Siesta Key residences, a home and historic guest house, into one cohesive experience, maintaining the privacy of each structure while bringing the users together in the shared experience of a relaxing pool courtyard with breathtaking oceanfront views. The critical challenge in executing this concept was the original orientation of the properties. The main residence had a Beach Road driveway abutting the Gulf of Mexico; the guest house entry was on the opposite side of the property, off an interior Siesta Key roadway. The spectacular Gulf frontage was grievously downplayed by the siting of main house’s driveway and entry sequence on the ocean side. The main home’s small windows and almost total lack of gathering space rendered the expansive views and beachfront experience practically unusable. Further, the two residences were harshly separated by a dilapidated fence, unruly vegetation, gawdy overhead powerlines, and an awkward elevated swimming pool (see the BEFORE image attached).

Our solution was to completely redesign the circulation of the property and join the two structures by creating a courtyard retreat aesthetic, centered around the shared swimming pool. The existing oceanfront driveway and divisive fence and vegetation were removed, and the overhead power lines were relocated underground. The main entry of the home was reoriented 180 degrees inward, toward the courtyard. This allowed the former awkward oceanfront vehicular entry to be transformed into an expansive seating area. The home was renovated to incorporate large sliding glass doors that opened out into two new patio areas, bringing the ocean indoors, and comfortable seating space outside.

We transitioned the grade to allow the swimming pool a smooth and site-appropriate elevation. The pool was refinished with striking blue glass tile to pull the user’s view toward the Gulf, and to unite both homes in celebration of their joined approach toward the sea. A new fencing system with two arbor-covered gates now encourages entry to both the main residence and the guest house. What was once a confusing and obtrusive front entry sequence abutting the ocean is now an outdoor lounge with a breathtaking 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico. The main residence remains prominent, while the historical home is the obvious guest house; yet both spaces now boast welcoming entry experiences, and enjoy an equal sense of belonging to both pool courtyard and beach.

Thanks for indulging our lengthy response! We thoroughly enjoyed this project.
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I apologize as this home project was done some time ago and is beyond our scope of work.
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I apologize that I do not know the color of the cabinetry.
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Marvin Windows and Doors.
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While this is beyond our scope of work, I invite you to check out the Benjamin Moore Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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This is beyond our scope of work, but please check out the Benjamin Moore Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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what is the paint color on walls
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I Do apologize but this Is out of our scope of work and would be a question for the contractor. Happy HOUZZING!
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What is the wall paint color. It is a nice accent with the blue ceiling. What is the blue color. I am doing an entire old home in tropical colors. I appreciate your feedback.
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You can find a variety of colors here using Benjamin Moores Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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While the paint colors are out of our scope of work, you can find a variety of colors here using Benjamin Moores Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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While the paint colors are out of our scope of work, you can find a variety of colors here using Benjamin Moores Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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While the paint colors are out of our scope of work, you can find a variety of colors here using Benjamin Moores Color Gallery: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-architects-and-designers/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0&ce_x=10&ce_y=7
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These Curtains were brought in by the interior designer for the homeowners. Sorry I could not be of more help. Happy HOUZZING!
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The Pergola was actually built by Thom Jackson and Associates here in Sarasota. So if you like "this type of pergola" I could definitely put you in the right hands and the right person to have this pergola built.
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Please contact us at 941-364-4600 and mention this posting on HOUZZ. ( Ask for Tessa our Marketing Coordinator or Christine the Office Manager for contact information)
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White Oak is an excellent species for site finished flooring with custom staining. It also holds up well to foot traffic.
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Take a look at this toilet plunger storage!
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This is fun. Ping.
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Wonder what time it is there?
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Are you in need of a door of this design for a job in Florida? If so, what size?
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Have you tried looking at other Garage Door dealers in Florida? We deal with Manufacturers all the time and hurricane susceptible too. (Sarasota, Fl)
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Since money is no object and I can change my mind tomorrow, how about Melbourne Australia...on the coast!

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@ Hayley, your ranch is pretty inexpensive for the value of the home and the land compared to the homes that are located here (Sarasota, FL) that have little to no land.
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I apologize as this is out of our scope of work. Happy Houzzing!
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You can find the same type of floor located here: http://www.thegarrisoncollection.com/garrison_II.html
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We bought this from Baers here in Sarasota
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I apologize as this is out of our scope of work. Happy Houzzing!!
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I am not too sure of the make and material of the table, but the outdoor furniture was purchased at The Sierra Trading Post.
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This is actually stone cladding
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Approximately 23x18
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You can find more information about that type of flooring here: http://www.thegarrisoncollection.com/garrison_II.html
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Im not sure of the brand. These came from bee ridge lighting gallery
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These were benjamin moore colors. off whites and blue grays but I do not have access to the names. They would be OC- colors
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http://www.thegarrisoncollection.com/garrison_II.html check that web site for this floor
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Join the lawsuite if you have purchased wood flooring products from LL.

There continue to be concerns with formaldehyde adhesives coming out of LL. I've seen tests from 2011 and 2012 where the numbers were much the same. Their bamboo is famous for these high levels...same percentages were thrown around in 2012. This doesn't surprise me that someone went to the expense of testing 50 different products.

Clearly this is not a "one bad batch" issue. Thanks for the update Select Hardwood!
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Maybe they could put the ubiquitous "WARNING:This product contains chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer" label on the packaging.
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Oh Yea! Look how good the cigarette label works.
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@River Valley...
I hate it when you use big words like "ubiquitous"... now I have to visit Wikipedia... again.
Not that I'd EVER try to defend the morons here in Sacramento, CA... but that "report" indicates issues with emissions based on national restrictions as well.

Funny... doesn't seem to be many of the general "Houzzer" bargain hunting customer base weighing in here to defend the purveyors of the cheap import market... which the "big yellow banner" guys are simply the poster child for. (much to their chagrin, I'm sure).
Well, my hat is off to them... they marketed enough "junk" (IMHO) to get fat on... just didn't have the sense to say... "when".
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First thing that is very noticeable is the sanding marks going across the grain. The correct way to sand is with the grain, never across it. Also fine, medium, course grits mean nothing. You should go by the grit numbers. If the sandpaper you are buying doesn't have grit numbers don't buy it. Quality sandpaper is important, don't use the cheap junk.

Now to fix your door. This is how I would do it.

Strip off what is on there with a powerful stripper. Environmentally safe or no smell strippers don't work. Put it on, let it soak, remove with a flat sharp putty knife. Do it again, this time brush with the grain with a stiff synthetic brush. Wipe off with whatever solvent the stripper can recommends. Wipe down again with clean solvent.

Now for the sanding. Start with at least 120 grit, maybe even 100. For this step you can use your sander. Sand with the grain. Once the door is completely sanded with either 100 or 120. Vacuum it off and sand with 120 or 150, depending what you started with. Vacuum again. Finally finish up sanding with 150 or 180 (again depending on what the previous grit was) using a sanding block with a soft backing. I use a wood block with 1/4 felt glued to it. Don't move to the next step until all the sanding marks from the previous step are gone. (grit sequence is 100,120,150,180,220, and on and on.)

As you have found out, sanding is the most important step to achieving a quality finish. Short cutting it and using poor quality sandpaper won't get you there.

One more thing. Since you are using an ebony stain, you don't need to use wood conditioner.

Good Luck
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Well, once budget's a little less tight (because you will get past the post-closing "omg omg omg" stage) contact a local landscape designer about the outside. It'll be like when Linus wrapped the blanket around the Christmas tree and said "it just needs a little love" and the magic happened. Looks like a nice house on a great lot, lots of potential.
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A pergola, a path and planting ... would that fit in the budget? I like the house, too. Buyer's remorse is sometimes just the change from the dream to the reality. It may well pass and you'll fall in love with your new home.
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