Writing a couple of articles for this issue and for the previous one about recycling and salvage conjured memories of my Dumpster misadventures years ago.
Equally suited as a primary residence or a vacation retreat for South Florida's elite, this spec-built builder's model home integrates casual California flair into Mediterranean architecture.
The family room's custom-designed and -built entertainment center combines beauty and function. The glazed, distressed maple cabinetry houses a 64-inch television, built-in speakers and low-voltage halogen lighting. The box-beam ceiling incorporates additional speakers as well as lighting. Faux-finished grilles diffuse the light, permitting a subtle glow to shine through perforations in the panels.
Equally suited as a primary residence or a vacation retreat for South Florida's elite, this spec-built builder's model home integrates casual California flair into Mediterranean architecture. While the 9,022-square-foot, courtyard-style home offers buyers every amenity imaginable, its design is understated and sophisticated rather than opulent.
"One of the most inviting and casual spaces in the home is the family room," says Steve Miller, vice president of operations for builder London Bay Homes. "This is where homeowners as well as their guests will spend most of their time these days."
The family room features a custom-built wall unit designed to disguise an elaborate electronics and sound system. Speakers, controls and audiovisual equipment, all hidden behind the wall unit's panels, are ready for use at the touch of a button.
The room maintains a close visual connection with the kitchen over a snack-bar-style counter. "The interrelationship between kitchen and family room reflects the way people use their homes," Miller says. "This is the way most of us are comfortable living."
Location | Naples, Fla.
Total square footage | 9,022
Hard costs | $420 per square foot (excluding land)
Builder | London Bay Homes, Naples
Architect | Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects & Planners, Oviedo, Fla.
Interior designer | Romanza Interior Design, Orlando, Fla.
Lighting and audiovisual design and installation | AVL Pro, Naples
Luxury spec-built primary or secondary home
Major Products Used | Cabinetry: custom maple | Electronics: Pioneer (television), Integra (components), Philips (remote control), Tannoy (speakers), Middle Atlantic Products (equipment racks) | Flooring: travertine | Lighting: Halo, Iris, Tokistar
Photography by Laurence Taylor