Custom Home in Florida



    The Islands on the Manatee River has endeavored to feature a team of experienced and talented custom home builders that understand and share the vision of The Islands as a community of elegance, style, and exceptional quality. The Islands is proud to offer property owners the opportunity to work with the some of the most respected custom luxury home builders and designers on Florida’s West Coast. Our Featured Builders consists of the following: John Cannon Homes, AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Lee Wetherington Homes, Anchor Builders, Kemick Builders, Talon Home Builders and Vision Group. These builders are experienced and familiar with designing and building luxury estate homes in The Islands.

    As a purchaser of one of our lots in any of our island neighborhoods, you are not limited to using a Featured Builder to build your dream home. Our B.Y.O.B. program allows you to "Bring Your Own Builder" to construct your new home. If the Builder is new to The Islands, they would have to submit an application and meet certain standards.

    John Cannon Bio

    John Cannon of John Cannon Homes, is southwest Florida’s premier luxury home builder. With his wife, Phillipa, they are in their 31st year designing and building award-winning homes. They have constructed 84 models and over 1,400 private residences - including 372 on the waterfront - and have garnered over 350 industry honors for homes built in over 100 prestigious communities. Attention to detail and their reputation for first-class customer service and excellence is renown. John Cannon's extraordinary body of work and his commitment to his clients' satisfaction has set the standard for luxury custom homes in Southwest Florida. Since its founding in 1987, they have stayed true to their original vision, continuing to oversee every aspect of their company's operation.

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    Bob Wilson

    Unrivaled design, quality craftsmanship and a commitment to customer satisfaction - this is what you can expect when choosing to build with AR Homes (formerly Arthur Rutenberg Homes). It's also why Bob Wilson, owner of R.W. Wilson Homes LLC, an independent franchise of AR Homes (formerly Arthur Rutenberg Homes), is recognized as one of Sarasota's leading homebuilders. Bob has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Arthur Rutenberg Homes Builder of the Year, The Gold Cup for customer satisfaction and the CEO Award for personal integrity and high business standards. Bob has earned a reputation for homebuilding excellence having built more than 400 homes in the last 25 years.

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    For over 30 years, Kemick Builders ( have been building custom luxury homes throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Kemick Builders and employs a highly-experienced team to closely manage a select number of luxury home projects each year. The Kemick is known for being the first builders to employ many advanced energy-efficient concepts within the state of Florida as well as providing a wide range of high-end finish selections as “standard” features to their clients. Today, the team at Kemick Builders prides themselves on producing exceptional luxury homes that are as practical as they are elegant.  Their team, company structure, and specialized work processes allow us to pass along the greatest value possible to our clients. 


    Tom and Jennie Shumway are the husband and wife team of locally owned and operated Talon Home Builders ( They specialize in new residential construction and remodeling. They are passionate about construction and their community and have decades of custom home building experience between them to help bring ideas and results to any type of project.

    When you work with Talon, you’ll be working directly with the owners of the company on a daily basis. They take pride in the level of service that they provide and emphasize constant communication with the homeowner throughout the process. They will manage the workmanship to provide you with the highest level of quality possible.

    Lee Wetherington, founder of Lee Wetherington Homes has over 40 years of home building experience. Lee Wetherington Homes ( ) has built more than 4,000 homes in the most prestigious and sought-after communities. Known for exceptional quality and unsurpassed customer satisfaction, they have been recognized with both local and national awards from industry peers and homeowners alike. Lee Wetherington Homes has been named America’s Best Builder by the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine and has been designing and building high-quality single-family homes in the finest communities. 


    Roy Dupris founded Anchor Builders ( in 1989. Their mission is to build elegant custom homes for those who appreciate true quality and attention to detail not always seen in the competition. They build a conservative number of homes each year which allows Roy to be personally involved with each homeowner throughout the building process and allows them to maintain their consistent high quality.  Once a client chooses a home site, Roy will personally sit down with them and their Architectural Designer to create a custom home designed to fit their needs and lifestyle. 


    Thank you for your interest in The Islands on the Manatee River, one of the finest boating and golf communities in Florida.

    We are excited to have the opportunity to share our community with you. We are convinced that with one visit you’ll understand what makes us such a unique and wonderful place to call home.

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