We utilize our state-of-the-art 3D modeling software to uncover challenges before a shovel hits the dirt. This saves you time and money.

We create Custom Residential designs

Bonafide Builders proudly offer premiere building services to consumers and businesses. We are a Certified General Contractor based in Southwest Florida, licensed throughout the state, our headquarters is located specifically in the Fort Myers area. Our expertise include custom remodeling of residential and commercial properties with primary focus on kitchens and bathrooms, as well as new construction single-family homes. We work closely with homeowners, developers, architects, and engineers to ensure that every need of our clients is met, and that their expectations are exceeded.

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we educate and guide our clients

We understand that construction projects can be intimidating for those who are not as familiar with the field. To simplify the process, and help our clients feel apart of building their dreams, we use the latest technology and communication to create a unique experience that will provide an understanding of the process and execution of their project.

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New construction

Bonafide Builders can provide you one of our beautiful models we have already designed to build on your own property, or provide a list of our current spec home locations.

We currently offer 2 floorplans with more coming soon. Our first model "The Emerson" is just below 2000 sqft under air has 3 bedrooms with a den and 2.5 baths. It is a split floorplan with high tray ceilings and a spacious open concept main living area. There are plenty of windows allowing an amazing amount of natural light into the home as well as a covered front and back porch area.

Our 2nd floorplan is "The Bonita". This model comes in at 1540 sqft under air and is perfect for a families first home. It is also a split floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a unique area at front of the home built to be easily converted to a den or 4th bedroom. The main living area is a open concept including a kitchen island that has bar type seating area.

Both of our models come with solid surface counter tops, tile in bathroom and laundry areas with premium luxury vinyl planks throughout the rest of the home. They both also include stainless steel appliance package (Dishwasher, microwave, stove and refrigerator) and undermount stainless sink in the kitchen. All plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware and door handles are brushed nickel finish.

Customers have the option to purchase one of our spec homes built to the style and finish inspired by our in house design team, or choose from one of our modification packages that allow our customers to have a say in the exact style and finish of their home.


Whether your completely redoing the entire home leaving just the bones, or giving things a face lift, Bonafide Builders is here to help. We specialize in Kitchens and Bathrooms, however we are equipped and ready to help our clients with all their remodel needs from additions to paint and flooring. We utilize all the same technology during our smallest remodels as we do on the large ones and our new construction projects. This means all of our clients will receive an in depth explanation on the scope of work including the plan moving forward. We will create 3d renderings and take documentation photos throughout the entire process for you to just have for your records or be able to observe and share with friends and family.


We have access to some of the most leading trends and styles from all over the country! So whether our client wants to bring a taste of their home town to Florida, or bring to life an environment that is inspired from the countries leading trend setters we have you covered. It isn't just the look of a specific room or home that gives it that WOW factor, we believe, its the feel that really brings it home. Taking the time to talk our a vision with our clients allow us to really know what it is they are looking to feel when its all said and done. Doing this allows us to help guide our clients thru the experience of turning their dreams into a reality. From simple obvious choices to the most over looked details, they all come together to create the feel of a room. So its important whether you work with Bonafide or someone else on the design part of your project, remember to stay true to yourself and KEEP IT BONAFIDE!

disaster clean up

Living in Florida unfortunately we all have to worry about mother nature every year. We grow complacent thru the quiet years, and forget how quickly things can change. Being a local contractor based here in SWFL we recently experienced a stark reminder that in any given year we could face mother natures wrath. In times of disaster contractors flock from all over the state and country all on the premise of "coming to help". Though many do come with just that in mind, there are far to many coming for the sole purpose to taking advantage of the locals going thru a traumatic experience. Bonafide is here for all our local SWFL residents as well as any Florida resident that has had mother nature destroy and or uproot everything they know. We offer everything from debris cleanup to the finishing touches of putting it all back together. We have the added benefit of understanding the insurance world that has to be dealt with in those times. We will help you document and provide all the details the insurance companies could possibly want to help insure you can fight to get compensated appropriately. Below is a list of the items that in times of disaster Bonafide can help you or any Florida resident with.

*Debris cleanup - we load and dispose of debris not just pile on side of road for daily reminder of what just happened. We can cleanup horticulture debris and any home or commercial building material debris. Bonafide will not handle or dispose of hazardous materials personally but will assist clients in making sure they are handled properly.

*Demolition - Bonafide is equipped to handle any level of demolition needed. From removing damaged areas of properties to prepare for rebuild to complete structural removal down to or including slabs. We will pull all necessary permits and partner with local municipalities and utility providers to ensure it is all done properly and safely.

*Insurance Claim Packages - Because we utilize the industries most advance technology in our daily operations we are uniquely prepared to assist clients in documenting and packaging all the information your insurance company may ask for. We have licensed drone pilots on staff able to document from a birds eye view, 3D rendering cameras to document all damages to structure and provide the insurance company with the ability to virtually walk the damaged property without ever leaving their desk, and all the photos and angles they could possibly ask for. Whether or not its true we like to think this type of pro active approach and packaging helps clients get faster and more accurate assessments from the insurance company themselves.

*Rebuild - Whether you are working strategically with insurance and rebuilding with only the insurance money or looking to payout of pocket and look for reimbursement, we do our best to work at the speed each individual situation calls for. If your waiting for payouts we will be there when they come. We wont forget about you and will stay in touch as you go thru the process so that we are in the loop and prepared to pick up where we left off.

*A.I.P. - (Asset Inventory Package) we recommend getting an AIP prior to any disaster hitting and have it updated once every 3 to 5 yrs depending on your particular insurance companies requirements. We document (photo and log) all precious items and valuables, photograph  your property from all angles (including aerial), land and structure, and create a 3D model of current conditions. Once we gather all this information we put it into a nice neat little package that is password protected. Then delivered and viewed via a link sent thru email. An AIP allows you to remove question and have proof of possession and condition prior to damage occurring. This gives you that much more ammunition when dealing with insurance.

3d rendering and aerial imaging

With FAA licensed drone pilots that are insured and registered we provide aerial photography and videography. Due to the array of options for post production Bonafide only captures and delivers RAW files. RAW file delivery has 2 levels of purchase available, 1 with watermarks crediting Bonafides pilots with the footage and full ownership rights to the files and imagery.

Bonafide uses the latest technology in infrared photogrammetry to scan and build 3D virtual models. Whether your home or business, we can come and scan your property usually in less than a couple hours. Once complete anyone in the world can virtually walk around your property with the ability to take measurements, capture images, even zoom in and out. You are able to walk from room to room, look up or down, you are even able to have a unique view of the structure referred to as the dollhouse view. The dollhouse view allows you to zoom out as if you were outside and above the structure where then you can rotate it all around as if on an axis providing a truly amazing perspective of the property.


The Emerson

Our Emerson Model 1,934 SQFT under air is an awesome open / split floor plan that boasts 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plus a private den, and 2 car garage. A screened in lanai under truss with hurricane panels across the rear to enclose lanai. This home sports 9' 4" ceilings throughout with 10'4" trays in select rooms, and 8' doors throughout. Tons of natural light. An amazing peninsula to serve up great entertaining, solid surface countertops throughout, including bathrooms. LED lighting, real wood shaker style cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliance package, and luxury vinyl planks throughout.

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The Bonita

Our Bonita Model 1,540SQFT under air is an affordable open / split floor plan that has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths + bonus room and inside laundry room. Granite countertops throughout and an kitchen island overlooking the living and dining area with a nice sized pantry. LED lighting, real wood shaker style cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliance package, and luxury vinyl planks throughout.

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"Keep it bonafide!"

The phrase "Keep it Bonafide" is a reminder of the core values that this company was built on and operate from daily. Work is meant to be honest, helpful and sometimes hard.
Websters defines the word Bonafide in 3 ways.
1: neither specious nor counterfeit: GENUINE
2: made with earnest intent: SINCERE
3: made in good faith without fraud or deceit
All of these are what we stand for at our core. Its in our name, in our history and in our future.

The phrase came from our founder Vic Elsey Jr 5yrs ago when coming up with a name for our company. He wanted a name that whether someone immediately knew what it meant or not, they would stop to question it as well as have a deeper meaning. This would provide him the opportunity to meet potential clients and share his vision for the future of construction service. The phrase, as much as its a mantra around the office reminding us of the standards we must uphold, is becoming more of a movement outside the office. The same principal that it was created for in our workplace found function in the world outside. As Bonafide has been growing so has the research into community outreach programs and other charitable causes close to Vic and Felicia's heart. They intend to use the blessings they have received over the years and begin to put them to work. They want the culture they are creating for their family and staff to be one they can share with the world. If we could all just "KEEP IT BONAFIDE!" the world would be a happier place.

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