Light, bright, and airy, this Barefoot Beach home communes seamlessly within the lush landscape upon which it sits. While the lot itself is cozy, architect Jon Kukk has positioned the home in such a way that one could hardly imagine a more perfect placement. “We tried to rotate the entry so the house presents itself from the street, while also giving the home a sense of privacy, all without sacrificing the priceless Gulf of Mexico views,” says Kukk, Principal at Kukk Architecture & Design.
A joint creative effort between Kukk, Windover Construction, Inc, Potter Homes, and Collins & DuPont Interior Design, the home incorporates design applications that make a huge impression on the psyche without stealing away one’s awareness of the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the property. It’s a collaboration that works. “It makes for a better home because everyone has a different perspective and viewpoint. So once they’re all collected and refined, you’ve got a very special project,” adds Kim Collins, Vice President of Collins & DuPont.
In the home’s open living area, muted accent colors of gray, blue, and white combine with natural textures to bring the essence of the seascape inside. This allows the room’s occupants to effortlessly commune with the restorative qualities of the water. A mixture of metals, textured silver and darker iron, adds an element of shine without sacrificing the home’s natural, earthy appeal. The open floor plan, comfortable furniture and scenic balcony create the perfect place for guests to gather, allowing the homeowner to take seaside entertaining to a new level. A cast stone table and gas grill with colorful stained-glass backsplash are both fun and functional.
The charm of the dining area is accentuated by the addition of a custom wood dining table in weathered driftwood finish with ribbed metal apron and decorative base. Traditional dining chairs with complementing his and her upholstered backs add a modern and playful twist to the room. Finally, a hand-made iron and glass lighting fixture by Low Country reinforces the relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
State-of-the-art Wolf appliances and natural quartzite countertops create a kitchen sure to please even the finest of chefs. Rustic bar stools by Stanley with an antiqued painted finish serve to further infuse the area with coastal elegance. Rich, multi-toned, natural walnut floors add a touch of warmth to the space.
A sitting area adjacent to the VIP Suite offers the perfect place to rest, relax, or read. A charming, weathered cypress knee and touches of metallic combined with light and transparent window treatments offer a cozy, natural appeal.
The VIP Suite with stately Noir sleigh bed instills the impression of a restorative retreat. The color palette of brushed bronze, warm cotton and subtle blush tones is highlighted by antique mirror accents. Custom vaulted ceilings with applied panel moldings add height and volume to this serene setting. Silver port-hole inspired accents above the bed add a touch of the nautical.
The guest bedroom creates a romantic setting with subtle Parisian undertones. Saturated colors -— rich mineral gray combined with fresh, clean whites and accents of bright blueberry — work together to create a whimsical flair. Another striking Low Country lighting fixture, hung on a rope instead of a chain, along with a Swedish driftwood chair, further incorporate natural elements into this quaint bedroom. The recessed ceiling with alternating color pattern draws the eye upward and accentuates the flat crown molding trim detail.
Marble flooring, granite countertops and a simple chandelier add elegance to the master bath, while sconces and decorative mirrors provide warmth. Kohler faucets and a free-standing soaking tub finish the design.
The stunning second story Gulf views from the master bedroom are guaranteed to delight the senses. The room’s scenic sensibilities are complimented by a neutral backdrop of colors in dove gray and rich taupe mixed with vibrant pops of citron green and ocean blue. Soft, gauzy sheers frame the picturesque view, while custom tray ceilings add height and interest. A light-filled nook off the bedroom offers a personal desk area.
Multiple balconies and an abundance of windows allow this home to take full advantage of the lot’s greatest attributes. Intricate details such as decorative cypress rafter tails and Bahamian shutters bring this labor of love to life. “Building a home with many details only magnifies our opportunities to exceed expectations, and we embrace the challenge,” describes Tom Potter of Potter Homes. “It’s so rewarding to get to experience the creative process and to take it through to the end,” adds Kukk. “It’s still a surprise when you get to see the ensemble all put together. It’s powerful.”
Written by Marci Wise
Photography by Lori Hamilton
Collins & DuPont
8911 Brighton Lane
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Kukk Architecture & Design
1300 3rd Street South, Suite 203E
Naples, Florida 34102
809 Walkerbilt Road #4
Naples, Florida 34110