About Lee Wetherington Homes

Home Building With A Difference!

Lee Wetherington Homes is a locally owned and operated company located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with a very clear mission…we strive to provide you with the best experience in home building. To not only excel in our industry, but to exceed your expectations has been our goal since Lee Wetherington founded the company in 1974.

With over 40 years of home building experience and as the builder of more than 4,000 homes in the most prestigious and sought after communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Lee Wetherington Homes is esteemed by the most demanding of audiences. We are known for exceptional quality and unsurpassed customer satisfaction, coupled with a long record of outstanding community service.

We have been recognized with both local and national awards from industry peers and homeowners alike, including Best Builder from the readers of The Sarasota Herald Tribune for eight consecutive years and America’s Best Builder from the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine.

The reason for such recognition is that Lee Wetherington Homes knows that shopping for a new home can be overwhelming at times. That is why we promise to provide you with the utmost convenience and service throughout your home building process.

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Our Founder: Lee Wetherington

Lee Wetherington grew up in Jacksonville, Florida in a family of builders, and has worked in the construction industry for his entire life. After serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Sarasota in the 1970’s, joining forces with another builder before founding Lee Wetherington Homes. Since that time, Wetherington has dedicated himself to the growth of this company, establishing an enviable reputation as a design-oriented, detail-driven builder of high-quality, single-family homes.

Lee from the start recognized that growth requires attention to more than the corporate structure. For that reason he has also placed an emphasis on staff development. In addition, he drives the company to ever-higher goals in customer satisfaction. He sets the tone at the top for his employees, who are instilled with a corporate culture of concern and caring, not only for customers, but also for community.

Wetherington sets aside time and financial resources to help those less fortunate. An active member of several boards, he has been honored repeatedly for his generous philanthropic activities. The most notable being the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County which took his name in 2004.

Below you can read about a few of the many community programs that Lee and Lee Wetherington Companies support.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Lee Wetherington has been involved with and has been on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County since 1991. Elected to the Executive Committee in 1998, he became Vice-President in 2000 and President in 2001.That same year, he served as board chair. Wetherington has also chaired the Building Committee, responsible for funding and building the new Fruitville Boys & Girls Club, North Port Boys & Girls Club and proposed Venice Boys & Girls Club. In addition, he serves on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, working to raise funds and endowments for the Venice, Fruitville and North Port Clubs. Under his leadership, the committee raised $10 million in seven months.

Lee Wetherington Companies has given more than $600,000 to the children of this community through contributions to the Kids in College Scholarship Fund—which Wetherington founded—and the Boys & Girls Clubs Capital Endowment. In addition, Wetherington’s personal donations of time and talent are incalculable.

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The Lee Wetherington Foundation

In 2002, Lee Wetherington made an initial gift of $1 million to establish the Lee Wetherington Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The $1 million gift was repeated in 2004 and 2005. The purpose of the Lee Wetherington foundation is to award grants, primarily to those whose needs are not addressed by other governmental or charitable entities, with a focus on the less fortunate and especially on disadvantaged youth. Further, he has made a series of print and electronic ads, “Building Bridges,” to encourage others to make philanthropic contributions.

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Oscar Scherer State Park

Beginning in 2002, Lee Wetherington Companies has provided support for the annual Scrub Jay 5K Run and One-mile Fun Run/Walk and donated $250 from the sale of every home in Willowbend, a Lee Wetherington community adjacent to Oscar Scherer Park. In September 2008, Lee Wetherington Companies donated 16.31 acres valued at over $800,000, to Oscar Scherer State Park. The Park will use the land for buffering from surrounding urbanization.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

In 2001, Lee Wetherington was named to the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Inc. He had already been working with these Clubs for many years and provided Kids in College scholarship support among other contributions. Lee Wetherington Companies and trade partners also donated funds and labor to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, valued at $80,000, to update and remodel the Bradenton Unit, a building constructed in 1925. In addition, the company presented a technology grant that allowed the purchase of a new server and associated software to provide networking, backup capabilities, virus prevention and greatly increased efficiency.

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Fruitville Public Library of the Sarasota County Library System

In January 2002, Lee Wetherington met with representatives from the new Fruitville Public Library (of the Sarasota County Library System) and its not-for-profit support group, The Friends of Fruitville Public Library, to develop a productive use for the empty space just outside its back doors. Wetherington suggested a unique Reading Garden and donated the resources of Lee Wetherington Companies to make it a reality. He spearheaded a campaign to secure donations of labor and materials for the Garden, which has a Storybook Cottage and stage, waterfall, butterfly garden, herb garden, scented garden, birdhouse, bat house and many other special features. Developed in a public-private partnership among Sarasota County, Lee Wetherington Companies, trade partners, and the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County under the Home Builders Care program, the Reading Garden held its Grand Opening in October 2002. Since then, the Garden has become a cherished, valued asset for residents and the Sarasota County Library System. Valued at more than $250,000, the Reading Garden began to garner awards even in its first year of operation.

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United Way of Sarasota County, Inc.

Lee Wetherington organized and co-chaired United Way’s first Day of Sharing in 1992 and repeated his leadership role in subsequent years. 1992: For Children’s Haven and Adult Community Services, Wetherington coordinated donations of labor and materials from Lee Wetherington Homes and others in the building industry to revamp a group home for eight developmentally handicapped young women. He raised over $400,000 in labor and materials and supervised 400 volunteers who refurbished, cleaned and painted seven buildings in the complex. Contributions of labor and materials resulted in the installation of a new hot-water heater, roof, fascia, bathroom, kitchen, pool area and flooring. 1994: To benefit five different organizations at five different sites, Wetherington spent nine months organizing and chairing a vast project. He supervised 800 volunteers and coordinated over $750,000 donated in labor and materials to refurbish ten buildings. 1995: Wetherington headed teams of volunteers who refurbished a group home for Project Rainbow (Easter Seals) by installing new cabinets, flooring, patio and deck, and by painting the facilities. 1997: Wetherington organized and helped raise over $25,000 worth of labor and material for The Loveland Center for the Disabled in Venice, Florida.

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American Heart Association

From 2002-2005, Lee Wetherington Companies fielded a team for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk on Siesta Beach and has also undertaken additional company-wide fundraising activities—including a chance for associates to drop Founder Lee Wetherington into a dunk tank. Donations to date have exceeded $18,000.