Through collaboration and teamwork, great things are possible. In this modern home, the relationship between the homeowners and the home professionals they worked with, was instrumental to achieving their dream coastal island home. Color, as well as low maintenance materials and finishes, are used to create a home that is both energy efficient and beautiful.
“A little color goes a long way,” says Ed Biggs of Biggs Design Group. Biggs and the homeowners, who he’s been working with for years, used just the right amount of color and fun accents to create this unique coastal home on Anna Maria Island. In fact, the use of color was something that stood out to many of the professionals working on the project. “The homeowners are sophisticated and were not afraid to be a little more bold with their paint choices” says the home’s builder, Jake Martin, who co-owns Mason Martin Builders with Frank Agnelli. “They were great to work with.”
In the living area, turquoise paint covers the stairwell and elevator shaft wall to accent neutral tones. The blue is reflected in the ottomans and throw pillows on the DellaRobbia sofas and in the homeowners’ own artwork. And elegant fabric wall covering from Phillip Jeffries warms up the main wall, which holds a 75-inch screen television. Custom cabinets surrounds the TV and Modern Fan Company fans help circulate the gulf breezes that enter from sliding glass doors.
The home’s elegant porcelain tile floors flow into the kitchen and the home maintains its sleek, modern lines though the cabinetry and hardware. The kitchen island is made from GEOS recycled glass and incorporates flecks of the bright blue tones consistent found in the home. The kitchen’s modern appliances include an induction cooktop, full size wine cooler, and freezer/refrigerator from Thermador. “The cooktop has a mirrored finish so it reflects the surroundings,” says Scott Mullet, president of Mullet’s Appliances.
Mullet also helped the owners select a double with both convection and steam ovens. “The steam oven is really nice for cooking and retaining all of the moisture in meats and vegetables, or for reheating food without drying it out,” Mullet describes. The kitchen also includes a top-of-the line Thermador dishwasher with a short, 20-minute wash cycle.
In the dining room, the square, natural stone table sits beneath a beautiful Oggetti Bolle light with glass orbs in various shades of the blue color favored by the owners. Chairs with rich wood and bright fabrics continue the modern theme. Open glass shelves and custom built-in sideboard house fun collectibles. The home’s large windows allow for lots of light, and are key to the modern feel of this home says Martin. The windows from All Glass and Windows are designed to withstand island weather and are impact resistance for hurricane protection.
Dining outdoors is a perk to living on Anna Maria Island, and the home’s patio which extends across the dining and living room is the perfect place for al fresco dining. “They wanted an outdoor tropical feel, and since the home is canal front, they decided not to screen the patio in,” says Biggs. Instead, electronic screens come down with the push of a remote control for insect control. “The screens are the total width of the patio,” Biggs explains. A recycled teak table with a hidden fold-up leaf can be extended by two feet to accommodate more dinner guests. Railings made from powder-coated aluminum were installed by Phil and Steve Brubacher, two men who the home’s builder calls “exceptional craftsmen, some of the most talented guys that I know.” Martin adds that he would like to give credit to all his great subcontractors who always do such a professional job.
A golden yellow Phillip Jeffries wall covering sets a sunny tone in the master bedroom. Bight blue and turquoise are introduced through linens, Van Teal lamps, and abstract artwork, while large impact resistance windows look out over tree top views.
Clean, contemporary lines and a continuation of color make the master bath a modern retreat. The rectangular tub, lighted mirror, sinks, and flat panel cabinets help the eye flow around the room. A turquoise Avonite countertop adds sophisticated color and blends with the wall behind. Tiles trim with touches of the turquoise blue surrounds the tub and is carried through to the shower.
One of the home’s best features is the outdoor shower, which can reached by passing through the master bath shower and storefront style door that keeps rain and wind out when closed. Oracle Surfaces installed the tile while Phil and Steve Brubaker crafted the shower design which offers stunning outdoor views but enough privacy for bathing comfort.
On the upper patio offers plenty of places to relax in the island sun on recycled teak furniture with comfortable blue and light cream cushions. Aluminum railing found in the provides safety while allowing for a full view of the pool and ocean beyond. Porcelain planks made to look like wood cover the patio floor. “We chose this materials because it is super durable,” says Biggs. He notes that the material is often used in commercial settings like restaurants. “It’s better than ceramic tile for many reasons, including the tight grout lines.”
Frank Agnelli of Mason Martin oversaw construction of the home’s sixty five foot solar heated lap pool, an important feature for the homeowners who both swim laps daily. Three-foot square turquoise planters from Planters Unlimited and lush landscaping designed and installed by Jeremy McGrew provide greenery along the pool deck, and an orange outdoor bench from Johnston Casuals adds seating and a pop of complementary color.
Family is important to the homeowners, so a fun bunkhouse style room was designed with visiting grandchildren in mind. The same bright colors found throughout the home are used in this room along with kid friendly touches. Under the stairs and between bunk beds is hidden storage for the grandsons. A low Berber carpet is topped with a fun rug from Rugs As Art, Inc. selected just for the kids. “Made of soft mod-acrylic, this rug is hand-tufted and hand-carved for added texture. The vibrant color palette makes it as fun as it is unique,” says Jesse Murse with Rugs As Art, Inc.
Throughout the home, electronic shades add to the home’s energy efficiency and comfort. “The home has so much color and functionality,” says Martin. “The setup is perfect for a family or those who enjoy family visits!” By choosing a team willing to listen to them, the homeowners were able to create a unique home that reflects both their lifestyle and tastes. Tapping into their creative side, their home is a coastal oasis of color and design.
Written by Teresa Odle
Photography by Jimmy White
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