Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes

Private Residence
$7,000,001 – $9,000,000

The Architect was hired by a previous client to design a second home for him in the Aqualane Shores neighborhood. Since we have worked with this client on his first Naples home he allowed us much more liberty in the design phase to come up with “something fresh and different”. Whenever a client like this allows such a freedom in design and combined with such an awesome waterfront lot with great waterfront views results in a win- win for all. This two-story contemporary Old Florida style home consists of approximately 5,500 square feet of air conditioned space with an additional 300 square feet on non-air conditioned space. The architect incorporated aluminum, steel and wood elements and excluded the typical shutters, wood corbels and stone accents on the exterior facade of the home which create a that contemporary feel. Even the frosted glass garage doors add to the contemporary feel of the front facade. Yet the aluminum roof, the large overhangs and the front porch design all help this contemporary looking home relate to the typical Old Florida home. The floor plan was designed to accommodate a resort like vacation home for a family that enjoys entertaining and cooking both indoors and outdoors. The custom solid mahogany 12′ front door makes for a grand entrance and bold statement one can view from the street. Once you enter the home your eyes are drawn to a radius grand staircase detailed with glass railings which keep the contemporary element consistent inside the home. As your eyes look beyond the foyer the focal point moves you directly to the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in the formal living room, across the infinitely edge pool and onto the expansive waterfront views. As you reach the top of the stair a relaxing lounge area greets you which has access to a sun balcony that overlooks the pool and the bay. This floor is where you’ll find the 2 guest rooms and the “mini master suite” all with walk-in-closets and full baths. The goal for the design was to maximize the waterfront views from each room in which the architect achieved in every room expect for 1 guest bedroom upstairs that faces the street. The master retreat was designed with a grand fire place situated at one end of the room and his and her baths, closets, and a white soaker bath tub and floating vanities with natural pebble stone add an element of surprise. These details help bring the outdoors inside and help soften the contemporary lines. The architect was also hired to design all of the ceilings, trim and moldings. To continue the contemporary feel of the home, white floating ceilings and back light walls are found throughout the home. Yet to ensure the design didn’t get too “cold” the use of warm wood flooring and tongue and groove ceilings were also incorporated into the intimate spaces such as the master bathroom, office and vaulted outdoor living area.