Acknowledged as one of the world’s premiere boating and beachfront communities, Port Royal has come to define Naples’ heralded upscale lifestyle. Michael and Lorrie Lavery have tipped the area’s luxury scale even higher with the creation of a 20,075-total-square-foot masterpiece situated directly on the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Designed by Bill Weber, the president of the Naples-based architectural firm Weber Design Group, this breathtaking residence was chosen as one of the “25 Top Ocean Front Homes in the U.S.” by Ocean Magazine. While the intricate and finely detailed interior and outdoor spaces are dazzling to the eye, they are further enhanced by the home’s most cherished asset: a stunning, forever view of the Gulf and its internationally renowned sunsets.
According to Weber, “There were a few challenges in the design criteria that needed to be met with this home that became the anchor for the remainder of the design. This home was to be three stories, and the entire lower level of the home needed to be non-inhabitable space due to FEMA flood requirements. This was challenging because also included in the equation was the addition of a detached guest suite. We needed to attach the two structures together at the second floor level so that the guest could visit without having to travel down then back upstairs,” explains Weber.
“The solution began to develop great character in the project; we designed a bridge attaching the two together with an open breezeway with a trellis and planters. They were centered over the large arched drive-through that entered into the expansive motor court serving the multiple garages at the lower level, below both main and guest houses. The bridge was accessed by two large radial stairs at both ends of the breezeway providing private access to both entries,” says Weber.
This presentation was also perfect for the large entry system of the main house. Upon entering the home’s foyer, you receive a spectacular elevated view through the formal living room across to the expansive Gulf of Mexico taking advantage of the value unique to this property.
“This residence is all about the Gulf view,” agrees Michael Lavery. “Every area of the home was designed to maximize the view. Whether you’re in one of the entertainment spaces or one of the living areas, the water is always there. My company, Lexa, Inc., has built several homes in Port Royal,” says Lavery. “My wife Lorrie’s interior design firm, Design Concepts Unlimited, designed and executed the interiors in each of them. This particular residence is unique in that it is large, yet very quiet. Its concrete floors do not transfer sound. All of the features and finishes were meticulously vetted and sourced from some of the world’s most notable suppliers.”
An arched single-door entry with double sidelights opens to the home’s two-story grand foyer. Once inside, the eye is drawn first to the see-through view of the Gulf and then to a sweeping radial staircase that features Travertine marble steps and a hand-forged wrought iron railing from Colombia. A circular piece of solid, laser cut Travertine flooring with an ink jet stamp is set inside a checkerboard border. All of this is accented by a magnificent waffled ceiling and chandelier from Italy. Solid marble columns weighing 1,300 pounds each line a hallway that separates the foyer and a formal, two-story living room that soars to 32 feet. The hallway’s Venetian plaster stretched groin vault ceiling is centered over the entry to the living room. A spectacular Gulf view is complemented by an equally spectacular Turkish Travertine fireplace with a mantle that carries up the wall and includes an arched niche set off by columns.
All of the home’s public areas are entertainment friendly. A semi-circular bar with six leather bar stools is located between the kitchen and formal dining room. The wet bar has an absolute black granite vessel sink, Costa Brava granite counters and a cut-glass backsplash in a check pattern. A custom-built circular ceiling treatment and chandelier are set over the bar.
Columns define the entry into a formal dining room that features a floor with inlaid oak caning. The oval shaped dining table with seating for ten is consistent with the caliber of the home. A splendid Fortuni of Italy pinched tin and hand-painted silk chandelier is suspended from yet another beautifully detailed ceiling treatment. Wine collectors will love the 980-bottle, temperature controlled walk-in cellar just off the dining room.
A kitchen with a wood-beamed coffered ceiling, a massive island and a five-seat bar is a favored gathering place. The island features latte finished cabinetry and a pounded copper two-bowl, wave-finished prep sink. Darker liptus wood from South America is used for the perimeter cabinetry. All of the cabinets are topped by New Venetian granite that is accented by a multi-colored cut glass, basket weave backsplash along the perimeter. A Turkish Travertine vent hood and backsplash are set above a Thermador gas stove. Two Thermador dishwashers and a one-piece, custom-cut granite sink with an absolute black, chiseled, chipped-face finish stand ready for entertaining.
An octagonal ceiling with a three-tiered center and an elegantly detailed custom built-in are featured in a family room that offers a jaw-dropping view of the Gulf. Crown molding in the ceiling treatment is bordered with indirect lighting. Both the molding and the built-in are stained to match the liptus wood in the kitchen. Casually elegant furnishings include a distressed leather sofa, oversized leather armchairs, a glass-topped coffee table and a beautiful area rug. The space includes a casual dining area with a mitered, circular window and a round table with seating for six.
Ten-foot, impact glass pocketing doors open the family room to a beautifully appointed covered lanai that includes an outdoor kitchen and a Travertine fireplace. An octagonal vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and tongue-and-groove planks rises to a beamed, Old-Florida style open cupola. Indirect lighting has been incorporated into the ceiling treatments. Multiple verandas overlook a free-form pool with a pebble creek finish done in black and coffee. Sweeping stairs and a cascading two-level water feature lead from a hot tub on the main living level to the pool deck below.
Another arched doorway leads to the master suite’s vestibule that features twin groin vaulted ceilings, matching chandeliers and flooring that is a Travertine and onyx mix. In the bedroom, a burled alder wood built-in provides storage and space for an entertainment center. An adjacent wet bar/coffee bar is finished with a cracked-egg vessel sink and refrigerator. Double doors lead to a balcony overlooking the Gulf.
Turkish Travertine cut columns and arched tops define the master bath’s enclosed, thermostatically controlled shower, a warm, cocoon-like space that is not exposed to cooler room temperature air. A stunning purple onyx tub deck is detailed with radiuses wrapped with chicklet pieces. The same onyx is carried through the countertops on the liptus wood vanities and in the water closets. There are spacious his and her walk-in closets. Hers accommodates a washer and dryer, hydraulic pull downs on the third level of clothing racks and cherry finished cabinetry and drawer storage. The bath’s impressive drop ceiling treatment is finished with a circular wrought iron detail and a Fortuni of Italy chandelier.