This colorful Captiva Island, Florida beach house has been designed by Stofft Cooney Architects in conjunction with interior design firm Anthony Baratta. A blend of post-modernism and tropical decor, the home includes a 6,700 square-foot main house, with a 2,400 square-foot two story guest house with two full living/bedroom suites and a gazebo that was constructed on the property. The home is a grand-scaled Florida beach home cottage, with the traditional cedar clapboard siding and large expanses of glass to reveal the panoramic views of the ocean. Outdoor pavilions have been built to sit outside and relax with shade from the sun. The home’s main color scheme is turquoise, white and chartreuse, with punches of other bold colors splashed throughout the home to add vibrancy and give the home character.
The property includes seven bedrooms, seven and a half baths, two family rooms, a study, a master suite with spa retreat, a media room, an expansive fitness room, a private elevator, a two-story guest house with two fully-equipped studio suites, a freestanding garage with two bays and room for lifts (in addition to the parking bays available to the main house), a gazebo for seaside meditation or contemplation of the koi pond, and a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by a multilevel, coquina-stone lanai. The use of Tischler und Sohn windows, doors and hardware throughout assures the use of the very finest materials and guarantees the ultimate in storm protection. A whole-estate generator serves all structures.
Relax on the multiple outdoor loggia and covered balconies serving both the main house and the guest house. Grand, sweeping views, as well as privacy, were both considered in the design of the estate.
The beach house is situated on over two acres, with over 200 feet of water frontage and soft sand beaches. The lushly landscaped grounds draw the residents and their guests to the natural beauty and serenity of island life. The soothing sounds of the waves from the Gulf of Mexico are heard from nearly every room.
In the family room, custom-made wicker sofas and club chairs are paired with custom-colored portieres.
The family room has a custom-made sofa and rug by firm Diamond Baratta Design.
The kitchen overlooks the gazebo, the koi pond, and the Gulf beyond to the south through immense picture windows; views of an inviting loggia with fireplace to the west connect you to the many moods of the sea. The kitchen island countertop consists of lavastone.
Circles and curves define custom-made pieces in the breakfast room. The table sits on a Pucci-inspired rug by Tai Ping. The steel chandelier has lacquered wooden balls.
Trellised walls and ceilings, designed by Diamond, Barratta and handcrafted by Connecticut artist, Paul Flammang, provide a magical backdrop for more formal evenings; views from this room to the formal, beautifully planted and luminously lit allow guests a vista of a different sort.
Vintage Italian Pagoda tulipières sit atop a custom trellis credenza in the dining room.
The home’s exuberant turquoise, white, sun yellow and chartreuse interior color scheme is set against a backdrop of classic white millwork, jewel and silver-toned lighting fixtures and reflective surfaces. Inspired by leading artists and craftsman like Ron Seff, Dorothy Draper, Murano, Scalamandre, Beauvaix, Stark and Charles Edwards, and executed by renowned designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, the home’s interiors and finishes allow lovers of light and nature to experience those things inside and out.
The entry hall’s palette is pared to white and turquoise. The runner and portieres are custom made.
For the master bedroom, designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta used a lamp originally designed for the Eden Roc Hotel lobby in Miami. A niche wall and headboard in custom-colored velvet anchor the bed.
Seating in the master bedroom of a Florida beach house takes advantage of the Gulf view.
The magnificent mahogany and limestone staircase ascends through the core of the main house and is wrapped in Eric Beare murals that conjure up whimsical, tropical images of Gaugin’s South Sea islands.
The designers chose a bright turquoise for the entry to the home, evoking the color of the Gulf of Mexico.
Royal palms lead to a Florida beach house built by Stofft Cooney Architects. Inspired by the sea, the interiors boast invigorating colors and distinctive design.
Each house, with its standing-seam metal roofs, references Old Florida, while outdoor pavilions, loggias, siding details and architectural features executed in “high tech” materials mimic that style’s authentic appeal.
Photos: Jason Schmidt
Dune Road Residence is a low-key, two-story oceanfront house that has been designed by Stelle Architects, situated in Bridgehampton, New York. From the architects, “The original house, slated for demolition, was built into the dune before current coastal construction standards requiring a much higher elevation. The goal was to keep the existing scale and dynamics of the site and design a residence that reflected the footprint and spirit of the original home. Materials for the new house include Alaskan cedar shingle panels interspersed with glass sections. The home has three levels: one for the owners, one for their guests, and one for living and dining. A simple glass and shingle pavilion overlooks a negative edge pool while a path from the garage leads through a natural seaside landscape along the pool and up to the house. Solar control is achieved though the use of overhangs in the southern exposures. Extra thick walls allow for superior insulation, and a geothermal system is employed for cooling.”
Photos: Francesca Giovanelli, Kay Wettstein von Westersheimb
Surfside Chic Nantucket is a beautiful family beach house retreat designed by BPC Architecture together with interior design firm Donna Elle Seaside Living in Nantucket, an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The colors of morning mist, foggy late afternoons and clear days adorn the interiors of this very hip, architecturally designed beach home still lending a presence of the old. A collaborative adventure with BPC Architecture and Cross Rip Builders, Rhett DuPont features visual and sensual forms. The textures, furnishings and lighting lend a style of casual elegance with a flair of femininity juxtaposed to the strong lines in the architectural field.
Front entry way featuring rough hewn timbers hand pickled with 8-10” reclaimed quarter sawn oak flooring hand rubbed white washed floors with a custom closet door out of driftwood.
Classic Kitchen with a twist of modernity! glass and marble mosaic tiled wall with slate counter tops and window sashes painted in marine blue for a pop of emphasis!
Feast your eyes for a wonderful tale of old fishing folk lore and whale etchings hand atop this custom bar, designed by Mary Emery, friend and artist of Donna Elle’s
Dining in this space underfoot with a silk rug from Stark on the infamous Louie ghost chairs on a weathered plank top table with shimmering lights and horizontal ship lap on walls with hand rubbed painted floor boards.
Master bath adorned in marble and mirror and glass for pure relaxation of all senses.
Guest Wing with bar, washer, dryer and 2 bedrooms with private baths.
Sea artifacts adorn this board and batten wall.
Custom designed bar of a ships hull featuring up lighting under frosted glass inset adjacent to old folk lore and sketches of whales on bar top.
Photos: Courtesy of Donna Elle Seaside Living
Daniel’s Lane Residence is a contemporary oceanfront property located on a narrow one acre lot in the Village of Sagaponack, on the Eastern Shore of Long Island, New York, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. The two-storey residence was designed for a father and his three children, inspired by the iconic architect Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House(1970) and Tod Williams’ Tarlo House (1979) and infused with the architect’s signature of designing property’s with quiet elegance, uniquely suited to each client. The home has a great flow that fuses the architecture with its interiors and the site. The lines between indoor and out are blurred, creating a welcoming and cozy environment for the homeowners. The design needed to have clean and contemporary lines and devoid of anything not pertinent to the design.
From the architects: Sited on a narrow, one-acre, oceanfront lot, the design of this house was one of the first projects in the Village of Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height allowance of 40’. All construction was required to be located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line. The location within a high velocity (VE) wind zone added to the planning and structural challenges.
Makoid wanted the structure to appear simple and clean upon arrival. The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off the ground. A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers.
A layer of service spaces run parallel to the wall plane creating a threshold prior to reaching the horizontal expanse of the open plan living room, dining area and kitchen that stretches along the ocean side of the house. Fifteen-foot wide floor to ceiling glass sliding panels maximize the ocean view and create easy access to the patio and pool beyond.
The second floor is imagined as a travertine and glass ‘drawer’ floating above the glass floor below. Three identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east, setting a rhythm that is punctuated by a master bedroom with balcony that projects from the wall plane. It is clad in the same afromosia wood as the stair landing.
The quiet elegance and clean lines of the house are accentuated by the materials that also include poured-in-place concrete floors, Calcutta marble cladding and afromosia millwork.
Photos: Marc Bryan-Brown
Compound in the Dunes is a stunning beach house located on a rolling site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in New England, Boston. Designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, this beach house brings together two contrasting ideas – nineteenth century Shingle Style design, and a contemporary preference for material and textural expression over architectural detail. While the exterior captures the local design aesthetic, the interior treats light, space and surface in a distinctly modern fashion.
Photos: Peter Aaron
Condomínio Baleia is a fabulous dwelling project completed in 2011 by Studio Arthur Casas, located on the Praia da Baleia in São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil. This wonderful home is part of a condominium of 43,056 square feet (4000 square meters), divided into four narrow lots, with average width of 161 square feet (15 meters). The best solution to take advantage of the room and the view of the sea was to create four equal houses, two decks and arranged misaligned, so as to enable the privacy of every one of them. The architecture is timeless and has an interesting volumetry, where open and closed spaces integrate forming swings and reentering angles. Thinking about the durability and practicality for summer houses, the facades were covered with brown ceramic filleted. Next to detail and wood, the result was a rustic touch to the modern design of the houses.
There was a great concern to integrate the buildings with the exuberant nature of the terrain, and the deployment has preserved as much as possible of native vegetation. In addition to the certified coating materials such as wood, stone and ceramics, green roofs have been used and cross-ventilation, eliminating the need of using air conditioning, even in warmer weather.
This balcony with high ceilings and cantilevered coverage is practically an extension of the beach.
In addition to bringing green into the environments, the inner courtyard has the function to distribute ventilation and natural lighting for indoor environments.
The strong point is the integration of spaces with the exterior, which was made possible through the huge sliding doors, which allow full opening of the room for an internal garden and recreation area, bringing into the house the beautiful sea views.
The interior design was also signed by the Studio Arthur Casas, and follows minimalist lines and timeless architecture.
This corridor connects environments of the second floor and is bounded by open wooden shutters which leave circular ventilation around the house.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Monarch Beach Residence is situated in Dana Point, California, on a sheer bluff overlooking Salt Creek Beach, a legendary surfing haven. The clients contacted architect Bob White of Forest Studio to design this dream home and M. Elle Design for the interior decoration. The home features jaw-dropping views and Mediterranean architecture, which the clients were drawn to through their travels from Dubrovnik to the clifftop village of Èze on the French Riviera. The exterior facade was inspired by the architect’s discovery of photos of a flat-roofed house in yet another Mediterranean locale: Ibiza. The result blends old-world rustic charm—a whitewash-and-stone exterior, wood beams, shutters—with California beach house cool.
The long and linear shape of the home embraces the coastline and the clients wanted the house to embrace its occupants and take on a calming atmosphere. The single story home is set just 12 feet from the cliff’s edge, feeling as if the home is floating on the sea’s waves. The decorators made the most of that sensation, using a palette of serene blues, greens, grays and creams. The floors are elegant French white oak and limestone, while the master bathroom features four color lots of marble set in a random pattern. The walls throughout the house are hand-troweled plaster. The landscaping reflects the interior’s palette, with olive trees, lavender, and succulents.
The design also took cue’s from the wife’s favorite “house movies”: The ebonized dining chairs are a nod to Meryl Streep’s in It’s Complicated, while a striped runner down the long central hall echoes Diane Keaton’s living room rug in Something’s Gotta Give.
The wife loves to cook for her large extended family, and the team warmed up the large kitchen with a buttery limestone wall and a ceiling covered in reclaimed barn wood. The island is topped with an enormous slab of Calacatta marble.
Bay House is a contemporary family home situated in Sag Harbor, New York, designed by Roger Ferris + Partners. This residence located on the Long Island coastline has been designed to capture and frame spectacular water views. The design also maximizes transparency between interior spaces and the link between interior and exterior. The design embraces sustainability with geothermal design, daylighting, solar shading strategies and xeriscape landscaping.
Photos: Arch Photo Inc
House at Narrowneck is situated in Auckland, Zealand, comprised of three dwelling units to house an elderly parent, young grandchildren and allow work from home. Designed by Mitchell and Stout Architects, the 5,597 square foot (520 square meters)residence is nestled on a site with an elevated beach side section on a busy road with great views over the harbor. The concrete walls of the house associate with the old concrete fortifications along the coastline. They are to be covered with creeper. Plastic roofs, like wings, give privacy and protection. The traditional verandah is now a roof terrace, hedged and roofed, to take in the views. A separate Studio is the folly – a diminutive house for guests and work.
Rainwater is collected off the roof via a large gutter into a tank for domestic use. Solar panels augment the heating of water. The materials of precast concrete, plywood, plastic and quarry tile are common vernacular fare in Auckland, but not usually put together like this.
Photos: Patrick Reynolds
The Tunquen Residence is a stunning private vacation home situated in Tunquen, Chile designed by Grupo 7 Architecture + Interiors. The architecture studio completed all aspects of the project, including the interiors, lighting design and construction administration. Nestled on a mountainside with views out towards the ocean, the home is surrounded by a rocky outcropping of desert vegetation and rugged landscape. The interiors is comprised of 2,000 square feet of living space with a minimalist design for easy upkeep for when the owner’s are out of town.
Founded by José Tohá and Jim Cronenberg in 2002. Grupo 7 is a full-service architecture and interior design studio. Our work strives for a fresh, modern approach that is attentive to spatial experience, materials, and lighting, while also tending to the realities of function, budget, and schedule. We have completed projects in the US and internationally, varying in scope from condominiums to residences to restaurants, lounges, and commercial interiors.
Photos: Courtesy of Grupo 7
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