Suncoast : Home Tour : Barbados Beauty

“There’s only one right way to do something,” says Medallion Home Founder Carlos Beruff. “So regardless of whether a house is 1,600 square feet or 4,700 square feet, the walls have to be straight, the corners have to be right, the molding has to be correctly installed and finished.” The premier builder’s Barbados model home series is a prime example of the family-owned company’s dedication to providing this quality to its homeowners.

They have done so for more than 30 years. “Our growth has taken us through many ups and downs in the market.  Having experienced and survived them all has allowed us to evolve into one of the region’s largest, financially stable companies,” explains Gregg Glasser, Medallion Home’s sales and marketing director. “We own land positions to help create neighborhoods and communities for years to come.”

First-time homebuyers and seasoned owners alike can find a Medallion home to fit their lifestyles. “Our strength lies in being able to customize and personalize virtually any home to fit a customer’s individual needs and desires.  That is why we can say we have been building trust for over 30 years,” continues Glasser.

The popularity of the Barbados split-bedroom floor plan led the company to offer three versions and a host of optional features. Available in ten Medallion Home communities, the four-bedroom plus den, and three-bath 3,764 square foot home has 2,811 square feet under air. This model in the gated boating community of The Reserve at The Inlets is fully furnished.

Situated on a deep saltwater canal with frontage on the Manatee River just minutes from the mouth of Tampa Bay, the home’s easy living floor plan wraps around a heated pool and spa and includes a boat dock that can accommodate a vessel up to 83 feet.

The sparkling water and lush vegetation inspired John Fleming of Kalins Furniture to use soft greens, aquas, and blues to design interiors that reflect the waterfront lifestyle.

As the director of the model home division at Kalin Enterprises, Fleming has been creating interiors for Medallion Home for the past 16 years, drawing from the rich variety of quality brands available at Kalins Furniture. For this contemporary coastal design, Fleming concentrated on clean lines and plenty of contrast in both the finishes and the furnishings, reserving some of his favorite features and fixtures to create drama.

The barreled crystal chandelier in the living room is one of Fleming’s favorites. “It is the jewelry of the room, and works well with many styles to give a room bling,” says Fleming.

The “bubble” chandelier in the family room is another. “The choice of this fixture was inspired by the water surrounding it,” continues Fleming.

Fleming also adds interest to rooms with built-ins and build-outs expertly crafted by Medallion Home. The wall behind the bed in the master bedroom is one such build-out. Painted a soft blue to provide a subtle accent, “This centers the furniture and enhances the symmetry of a room. It’s visually appealing,” explains Fleming.

Closer inspection of the built-ins, especially those housing audio/visual elements like the flat screen TVs found throughout the home, reveals one of the home’s secrets – the “tech closet.” A small space dedicated to the structured wiring of the home, “tech closets” are becoming increasingly popular according to Fleming. “They eliminate the need for individual solutions to the question of what to do with the wires.”

Voluminous 12-foot ceilings make possible the bright, open atmosphere and offer opportunity for creative finishing touches with layers of crown molding. Several rooms feature extensively trimmed tray and coffered ceilings where Fleming used the lofty space to draw the eye upward with distinctive paint detail.

The spacious gourmet kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line Thermador appliances, including a double oven. The professional quality gas range features a pot-filler mounted into the glass mosaic tile backsplash. Granite tops the counters and the convenient kitchen island with its prep sink. The built-in desk nook can serve double duty as an extra seating area. The smaller, glass-fronted cabinets provide storage for serving ware or display space for collections, including special occasion libations.

An elegant butler’s pantry connects the formal dining room to the kitchen, while a breakfast nook provides casual dining between the living and family rooms. A pocket door creates a two-bedroom, one-bath mini-guest suite.

Fleming imagines potential buyers when creating designs for model homes such as the Barbados. He often chooses the design style based on the community in which the home is situated and the lifestyle for which it is created.

Written by Ginny Cooper
Photography by Jimmy White Photography

Medallion Home
1651 Whitfield Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34243

Kalins Furniture
5252 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

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