06 Nov NEWS-PRESS: Visionaries transform dated home into award winner
The sprawling Spanish Mediterranean home in Fort Myers looked magnificent from the outside, but it was the inside that needed lots of imagination. It sat on the market for years until Dorothy and Ron Fitzgerald had a vision of what it could become. They hired Dwayne Bergmann to make that vision a reality. Now the couple has their dream home, and Dwayne Bergmann has a prestigious national award for his work.
“It was a very long road, but I think it turned out very amazing,” Dorothy Fitzgerald began. “When it started, that house was a one-bedroom suite with a six-car garage and it was on the market for a very long time, and I had a vision for it and Dwayne made everything possible. I think it is amazing and it deserved to win an award.”
The original home was like a man cave. Fitzgerald described walking in the front door down a long hallway and into a dark den.
“To get to the house, you went up the stairs and there was a dining room, a kitchen, a small living room and a bedroom with a master bath,” she described. “It literally made no sense which was why it was on the market for years. From the outside it is enchanting. It kept attracting me. I found it and I said ‘I love this house.’ I understood it. I understood what it needed to be.”