This 3,600-square foot home is located in the Hudson Bayou neighborhood of Sarasota. The residents, who previously lived in a bay view downtown condo, envisioned a warm, modern, and sophisticated home designed to provide the feeling of living in their own private “Selby Gardens”. The home was designed to be respectful of the scale and context of the neighborhood, while simultaneously providing privacy for the residents.
The 160-foot long, inward focused home, meanders across the property and the architectural forms push and pull to define a series of exterior courtyards that are interwoven amongst the interior rooms. An entry courtyard, with a cantilevered ‘modern front porch’, engages the neighborhood and features curved coconut palms, tropical plantings, and a concrete stepping stone path. Visitors enter into a gallery space and are greeted with a long view across the pool courtyard. A water wall, painted vibrant pink, is the focal point of the courtyard and provides white noise from busy Bahia Vista.
The light-filled living room features 13-foot ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling glass faces the pool courtyard, with a backdrop of dense tropical plantings providing privacy, and west-facing clerestory windows wrap over the TV/bookcase wall to capture views of the sunset sky.
The kitchen opens upon a deep porch that provides shade from the southern sun. White kitchen cabinets wrap the perimeter while a large center island is wrapped in rift cut white oak. A Carrera marble backsplash and back-painted glass upper cabinets provide timeless and elegant accents.
The master bedroom and bathrooms open to both a meditation garden and the pool courtyard, reinforcing the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. A den is situated to the front of the home and opens to the entry courtyard and front porch, providing an intimate and peaceful space to relax.
A warm palette of natural materials is used both inside and out. Natural-finished white oak floors were chosen for their warmth and beauty. Cypress wood detailing, locally-sourced Florida limestone cladding and polished white concrete were used on the exterior providing a rich contrast to the smooth white walls of the homes interior.
The home achieved a National Green Building Standard Gold certification.