Luxury custom homebuilder Mike Kamenoff added all the bells and whistles to the eight-bedroom classic Celebration estate home on Arbor Court. After all, the client wasn't just any buyer -- it was his own family.
"I owned that lot for six years before I built on it," he said. "We customized it for our family and our lifestyle."
Kamenoff told GrowthSpotter on Thursday his family was one of the early residents of the Disney master-planned community. And his company, Kamenoff & Associates, was one of the first builders.
"This was my fourth home in Celebration," he said. "We've always been in the main village. We love the core -- being walking distance to downtown. That's what lures you."
But after 10 years, Kamenoff and his wife, Brenda, agreed it was time to downsize. They sold the 6,528-square-foot house in late February for $1.9 million.
"It was a great place to raise the kids," he said. "They're grown. They graduated college. It was just a lot of home."
The four-story house had its own elevator. "We maxed out on the height," Kamenoff said. "We had a widow's walk on the fourth floor so you could see all the Disney fireworks and the Space Shuttle launches."
Kamenoff's houses are loaded with hand-crafted woodwork, custom cabinets and state-of-the-art media systems.
The award-winning design by architect James Zirkel featured a home theater on the third floor, a guest apartment over the three-car garage and an entire wing for the master retreat with its own morning bar.
He said morning bars with coffee stations are a staple in custom home design.
"I'm a general contractor but I'm also a broker,"he said. "I brought people through the house and I'm always listening to their comments. They love the built-ins and custom closets. We'll outfit a closet for what it costs to build a house."
Over the years, the home became a frequent set for television commercials, including a national ad for Shark vacuum cleaners. "One time I was on a flight to New York and I was watching TV and saw my own living room," he recalled.