About Us

The Aqua Difference 

 Our standards are other builder’s upgrades….

                Aqua Custom Homes                                               Other Builders 

Aluminum maintenance free, hurricane rated windows throughout home with factory anodized finish  Fiberglass windows and doors with paint finish requiring maintenance 
Additional rebar in footings and tie beams  Minimum required rebar in footers and tie beams 
Plywood construction cabinets  Melamine construction cabinets 
Solid mahogany double entry door with glass all hurricane rated (on most models)  Fiberglass entry door painted or stained – requiring maintenance 
Exterior cypress tongue and groove ceilings with beam details  Exterior ceilings with stucco finish – no wood beams or wood T&G 
Custom hand milled staircase with designer newel post and baluster  Standard stair – rough carpenter built 
Custom bell shaped wood kitchen hood  Drywall or metal kitchen hood 
Wood beam ceilings and wainscot wall panels in study  No wood beams and or no panels in study 
Crown molding in main areas and all bedrooms  Little to no crown molding 
Casing wrapped window and door openings  Unfinished window and/or door openings 
100% customizable plans and design  Semi-custom to non-custom homes 



 AQUA Custom Homes is a full service construction company with 26 years in the industry. We’ve built more than 250,000 sq ft of commercial buildings and over 120 homes throughout the Midwest and south west Florida.

As a Marco Island home builder we ensure each home is designed with it’s location in mind. We’ll view your site plan via Google Earth prior to construction to ensure the architecture of the home best captures the island views surrounding it.

Unlike many of our competitors, we utilize the latest technology to update our customers throughout the construction process. From drone videos, to FaceTime meetings to weekly job site progress photos we communicate with you every step of the way.

Our homes are built using the highest quality materials including hand milled oak staircases, custom cabinetry, cypress tongue and groove ceilings, and solid mahogany doors to name a few. Our goal isn’t to build the most homes on Marco Island, rather the most beautiful homes.

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Our Team

Rod Bushnell, Builder

Rod Bushnell began building custom homes in the Chicagoland area after years of perfecting his craft as a custom stair builder. By 2003, Bushnell had completed over 100 custom homes and expanded into the commercial market. He then relocated the business to southwest Florida to specialize in waterfront custom homes on Marco Island. Bushnell’s 25 years in the industry, extensive knowledge in woodworking and attention to detail are what you’ll find set him apart from the rest.

Phone: 239-494-8108

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Email: rod@aquacustomhomes.com

Lisa Bushnell, Sales and Interior Design

Lisa Bushnell has been selling residential real estate since 1999. As a resident of Marco Island, she’s been able to gain a vast knowledge of southwest Florida’s real estate market. During her career Lisa has primarily focused on helping her clients buy, sell, and finance their homes. Lisa earned her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation and is part of an elite group of agents that qualify for membership to Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a member of the Million Dollar Guild.

Lisa has had the opportunity to furnish a number of custom homes over the years which in turn has created a high demand for her design expertise. From colors and concepts to white glove delivery Lisa can help you make your new house a home.

Phone: 239-250-7653

Email: lisa@lisabushnell.com

Ashley Kime, Selections and Marketing

Ashley Kime guides customers through the finish selections process. She ensures all selections and additional work orders are submitted in accordance with the construction schedule as well as communicated to supervisors and vendors. From breaking ground to final walk through day our goal is to make your home building experience as enjoyable as possible. In addition to selections, Ashley manages our marketing efforts, website and social media content. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University.

Phone: 239-537-4710

Email: ashley@aquacustomhomes.com


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I know the island contractors well and I am convinced that only Aqua could have built a house that exceeded expectations for both Allison and me.  Lisa found me the lot for Allison to see after getting the search request hours before.  Rod came up with great solutions through his extension knowledge of custom homes – I would not have room for my shuffle board if he did not coordinated a column free design for the stair for example.  Ashley in addition to all the samples you guided me towards, your connecting me with Anthony so that I could find someone I could trust to do my gym was beyond expectation.  And Tyler all of your calls from the field allowed me to refine the final look and keep the project moving like the options for the garage door so I could keep it simple and have it blend with the front door – you allowed me to make real time choices. So thank you all! -Lance

Aqua Construction, Rodney Bushnell, built a beautiful home, for us, on Marco Island exceeding all of our expectations. Rodney has over 20 years’ experience in the business and his organization, attention to detail, and suggestions as we went through the process were excellent. He takes pride in his work, and it shows. Rodney also is a highly skilled stair case builder providing outstanding designs which further enhance the completed home design and receive compliments from everyone. We highly recommend his services. -Ken and Pat

Working with Aqua Construction on the build of our new home was simply a pleasure. They finished the project in the time frame that they said they would & despite many challenging setbacks like weather & late supply shipments, the team showed the utmost professionalism by pushing past these situations without hesitation. The entire team exuded extreme professionalism in the manner that our needs were always at the forefront of any decision making process & we felt very confident that they understood exactly what kind of home we were trying to achieve. I would highly recommend Aqua Construction to anyone looking to build their dream home here in Southwest Florida.-Zane

We have had a wonderful experience with Aqua Construction. Rod and Lisa and great people and very good to work with. They are extremely professional and their quality of work is top notch. We fell in love with the home the first time we saw it.-T.K. Allen

We have used Aqua Construction for 2 renovation projects. One was a larger project consisting of gutting a house and redoing everything from scratch. The other project was a much smaller scale consisting of redoing the kitchen and bathrooms of a condo. We were very impressed with the quality of the work on both projects, and highly recommend using Aqua Construction to anyone. We hope to do another renovation and plan to use Aqua Construction again.- Owen

We are so glad we chose Aqua to build our vacation home.  They beyond exceeded our expectations!  Their attention to all the detail every step of the way left us always in the loop and there were never any hidden surprises in costs.  A true testimate to their quality was after the hurricane.  The only damage our home sustained was from debris from our neighbors homes hitting ours!  We were pleasantly surprised as we had so little compared to everyone else. We would highly recommend Aqua Construction!  It was a pleasure working with such a professional and knowledgeable team! ~ The Hearns @ 1131 Vernon Court, Marco Island

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