Clifford M. Scholz Architects Inc.

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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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If you look at the right hand side of this page and check out the "key words" it states Benjamin Moore Doily paint.
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Benjamin Moore's Doily is a similar color.
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Their "Key Words" state Benjamin Moore Doily Paint.
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While I like the idea, and would think about it when/if I became an empty nester & widow, but since I knit, make cards, camp, have a daughter in Girl Scouts, and a woodworking husband, we would all go bonkers with such little storage and work space. This concept has encouraged my family to purge and keep things down to a minimum.
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I like @kelly's idea of picking a lovely fresh color of paint for the door. You can then bring it down onto the stair risers. Either a solid color to match the front door, or go wild and add some decorative elements to the risers with stencils. Or think of staining the door a great color and coordinate the stair railings and risers.
I have an idea book put together for just such project that might spark some ideas for you.

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Thank you Straight Shooter for contacting us. We have a wonderful photographer that we work with, but if you would like to send us a message with your contact information we can at least have your information on file. Thank you!
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Thanks, I see that you do! www.AboutDanMorgan.com or rex@straightshooter.com 646-621-6434
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Right now we are in the day and age of (I hate to say it), but "Baby Boomers" retiring and taking their money and using it on services such as Architectures, Designers, Photographers, and other services of the like to help them relax into a successful retirement building a dream home while contacting companies like us for our services.

WOM is a wonderful service of marketing for companies, but for the right Target Market. If you are dealing with a younger crowd for your services, social media like Facebook and Twitter are the areas to look into. Lately I have been seeing an increase of social media platforms like Pintrest and Houzz being ones that our clients use, and not so much Facebook and or Twitter when it comes down to doing business. (They may use it for their personal gain, but not business related ventures)

I agree with Timberlane that WOM cannot be your only avenue of marketing when it comes to gathering clients. We also look into advertising, digital placement, trade shows, community involvement and the like. Keeping up with the local area scene is another way to look into the marketing schematics.

Again, I have to relay such an important message that was not even mentioned in this post, "a picture is worth a thousand words" ( As Timberlane mentioned") Without these Photos, we would not have Houzz to be posting our photos on or even brochures to print, Advertisements to place in magazines, or photographers to hire for any of this.
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No one likes to be ignored. When we make a sales call, the consumer has a right to expect a response. It can be challenging to say "The work you are requesting is not a fit for our company", whether it is because of time, budget, type of job, or even concerns about a working relationship. There are many ways to phrase the message when it is best to decline...but putting people on "ignore" is neither professional or civil.
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Hear a lot of comments about poor communication from contractors....what about poor communication from clients! I can't begin to count the number of submissions I have given to not even receive a call on. We all know you should get a few quotes, however consideration really needs to be given to the business spending the time creating these quotes. Often you know when a client is purely shopping a price and that can certainly affect the perceived customer service provided. Communication is king!
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Hi there. The photo of your home is great and there is the promise of so much character in the rest of the building. Bluenan is right, there were definite styles and uses for shutters historically, but in general, there are so many options today that we recommend you focus on your style, to complement the style of the home (unless, of course, it is a designated historical building or district, at which point you have a few more requirements you would need to meet to ensure the shutters are historically accurate). That being said, we have a guide to give an overview of what USED to be standard uses for home styles.

If you'd like to get some ideas, we have a feature available called our Shutter Snapshot. You can submit a photo of the home and our artists can work up renderings of what your home would look like with different styles of Timberlane Shutters. http://www.timberlane.com/resource-center/shutter-snapshot/
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Hi, Was this question for the general forum? I think you can use curtains and shutters together. I would pick curtains that compliment your furniture and walls with a simple pattern or just plain.
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I still prefer weathered wood!
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Contact professionals in the Shutter business: they could help..
http://www.houzz.com/pro/timberlaneshutters/timberlane-inc
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Some more affordable rugs from West Elm:
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Hi cslund,
Great space, and you already have a fab couch and chairs. The vibe already has a slightly Mid-Century feel, so we picked some pieces that would fit in with that. We love all the rugs groveraxle picked above and went with a similar style ourselves.
All the items below are for sale on our website shop.chairish.com, along with thousands more, where people can score vintage and pre-loved furniture and decor at major discounts! Plus, you can make offers on the things you love most and pick up items in your city for free. We hope this inspires you!

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For those unfamiliar with Elfreth's Alley, it is located in Old City Philadelphia and is considered the oldest residential street in the country. Home to workers, such as craftsmen, bakers, printers, etc, it truly reflects the historical heritage of the founding of our country. We are certainly humbled to be a part of this block!
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This curtain fabric was brought in by the local interior designer that was on this job. I apologize this was done some time ago. Good Luck on your home project!
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Love the rustic floors, they work well in contemporary as well as traditional homes. I don't like dark floors, it's very hard to keep clean!
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Love the look of rustic floors and so easy to take care of. I have hand scraped eucalyptus wood in my kitchen, dining, living and I love it! The distressed look gives so much character to the rooms.
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Hi Kiwemasmith! I think we may have a solution for you.

Our Endurian line of shutters is the only maintenance-free material on the market that mimics wood in ways never imagined. It is a superior synthetic shutter that is constructed from various raw materials and technologies (PVC, fiberglass, composites, etc) and never just one material universally.

We offer the same customizations for our Endurian line as we do our Premium Wood, so you have the option of multiple configurations, styles, and paint colors. We have over 24 standard paint colors, but if you find one you like we also have the ability to custom color match. Our Pitch Black is our standard black paint color.

We have many positive reviews about our Endurian line because you don't have to worry about the paint chipping in a year and the shutters do not age. They have also proven to outlast even the toughest super storms.

Since you live in a historical area, we are aware that you will have to go through the approval process. All of our shutters are custom made so we can build them to any specifications. Depending on the style of shutters that your historical board calls for, we would recommend a combination of Panels on the first floor and Louvers on the second, to keep the traditional feel of your home.

Feel free to visit our website at http://www.Timberlane.com to learn more or give us a call at (800) 250-2221
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The flooring is white oak.
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It looks like a bright pretty space. Definitely start with the architecture. The bannister needs to be improved and the suggestions above are all lovely. The other thing to address is the ceiling texture. I am not sure if the whole place has popcorn ceilings but would love to see some type of wood on the lowered ceiling. It is such a big difference from the living room, that adding interest here will help. I have attached an image of a similar ceiling disparity.

Also, the area under the stairs can be improved if you add some built-in cabinetry - it will make for great storage. Currently it is just an awkward niche. Cabinetry can have some detailing from the bannister for continuity.

The parquet floors are interesting,but dated. Mock up a board to see what they would look like stained much darker, use that same dark stain for the handrail.

When you have dimensions, post them so you can get input on furniture layout.
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Still works. I just think the wood tone grounds the room. Of course you can go black or gray, too. A pic of the kitchen would really help us. With a wood tone floor then you can do a gray wall to warm the room up. With a gray or black floor you may only be able to paint white. What color are your counter tops? Pink Glass Kitchen Kohi House 16 & 17 The Yard
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I would advise the services of a local designer. Click on the "find local pros" tab on the header and key in your location. Browse profiles until you find three whose looks are similar to your ideal. Call them for a consultation.
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Gamahaus, are you or have you found an architect for your home? If you have most Architects, like ourselves, will usually have a list of interior designers that they will be able to give your name to for design help. I hope your Home is coming along well. HAPPY HOUZZING!
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Really like the idea you provided Writer Mama and we want to play off that! We love the idea of adding shutters to the front of your home, especially those two windows. However, the shutters featured are not properly fitted and that truly makes a difference. They should measure out to half the size of the window. This allows them to appear to be functional, even though they very well may not be.

Do you have any other images of your house, so we can recommend a style?
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Writer Mama, width wise. Sorry for my lack of description! Each individual shutter should measure out to half the width of the window, so if they were to close they would cover the entire window.

We were going to suggest Board and Battens but didn't want to jump the gun without seeing the rest of the home! We think that style would look best. Feel free to take a look around our website and request a free catalog. http://www.timberlane.com

If you would like, you could also submit the front view photo to our Shutter Snapshot visual. This allows you to see the shutters installed before the actual installation. You have the ability to choose a style and 2 colors :) http://www.timberlane.com/resource-center/shutter-snapshot/#.U7QOqJRdU-c
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I think Painting the home so far the darker colors were a good idea. Matching the color of the shingles of the roof were a good start. Depending on your likes/dislikes, Like Pat Gricke & Associates, LLC have mentioned, Try looking at different colored doors with tempered glass inserts.

We are not door experts, but looking online we were able to find a few.

Check out:

Doors by Decora: http://www.houzz.com/pro/doors-by-decora/doors-by-decora


Or also check out the photos below. We found one that has a light brown texture that would match the trim and may go well with the colors already on your home.

Maybe check out:

Coronado Stone Products: http://www.houzz.com/pro/coronado-stone/coronado-stone-products

Just to add a little bit of "Pop" to your home.

Good Luck and HAPPY HOUZZING!
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Yes this is what I was thinking for the front door - glass insert and with the iron you can take that same idea and place it in the "enclave" to the left of the door with beautiful clematis in a deep purple and potation vines in a planter below full width - stunning contrast to the tans and browns you are developing.Thank you to Clifford above for sending pics.
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@klgaylor: this type of hood is usually custom-built, from wood, plaster, and other materials. The inside of the hood is typically an "insert", i.e. a fully-functional range hood without the outer casing, designed to be built into such an enclosure.

Here's a gallery of range hood inserts, with examples of various designs:
http://www.futurofuturo.com/rangehood-FAQ-custom-range-hoods-and-inserts.php
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Design First Interiors, this is what makes Kitchens one of a kind. When products are made especially for the space provided. Our clients are continually looking for spaces that they can come home to and call their own and you have done just that. Beautiful work!
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Adding Shutters would always give a home like the one you have pictured a GREAT "pop"! I have added a few homes of ours where we have added shutters to the outside and you can see where the shutters add just the right "pop" to a lovely home no matter where it is located.
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Shutters and an over hang are both great suggestions. For a quick DIY project try Painting the front door a dark color maybe even black.
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trimming down the bushes in the front and adding a bit of color detail would help as well too. maybe some potted plants on alternating steps. something simple and easy on the wallet.
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Hello Nick, I followed the link and it looks like if you follow the link within the link it will take you to the Website where Authur RutenBurg Homes is located, (Gainesville, Fl.) That is if you are up for a drive.??
http://www.arthurrutenberghomes.com/?page_id=308&state_id=FL&community
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Hi there, Have you tried doing a search for professionals in your area? http://www.houzz.com/professionals/query/maple%2C-ca
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Cdepinto20, I do apologize as that is beyond our scope of work. This project was done quite some time ago. Good luck and Happy HOUZZING!!
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very cuut!
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Thank you The Shabby Nest. As this project was done quite some time ago.
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The pic from timberlane shutters photos is similar to this pic Have you considered painting all the window surrounds in black lacquer paint
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Hi cfleiner78 and nalbanis! We are not positive if these are our shutters, but if they are they are the color of the Bermuda shutters resembles our Blue Lagoon tremendously. Here are some more photos of it for you.
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With the right size shutters it can truly make a "huge" difference on ANY home.
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We will be doing our front yard landscaping next year. I've taken note of all these suggestions! We already have some little potted plants (cant actually plant anything yet), but I'm excited to start next year!
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Flowers, lots of flowers in front of beautiful architecture
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