Casa Pocatello, an ultra-modern house as stunning as its vista, sits on the main land side of the Intracoastal Waterway. Architect Mark Sultana of DSDG, Inc., was brought in by the lot’s European owners based on his impressive portfolio of modern homes. “They asked for something different than any other home I’d done before, while incorporating the modern style.” Sultana was only limited by the size of the lot and the owner’s request for privacy on the East side of the house. Sultana cleverly rotated the living area of the house sixty degrees, taking advantage of the longer views down the Intracoastal into Little Sarasota Bay with unobstructed scenes of wildlife and bay activity.
The prologue to Casa Pocatello is it’s impressive street entry reached after passing through the custom aluminum entry gate. Jutting out between the angles of the entrance is a square room cantilevered fifteen feet out from the house that appears to be hanging; a genuine feat of engineering designed by Sultana, and built by Voigt Brothers Construction. Beneath the cantilever at the right of the custom built aluminum framed glass door, is a waterfall that cascades over a glass tile wall and spills into a pool of water. The water filled channel lines the courtyard and a glass plated bridge creates a walkway from the driveway to the house. The four car garage is beautifully incorporated, with flush mounted doors that blend into a wall of wood. Artfully placed lights throughout the entrance glimmer and cast dramatic shadows across the home.
An exposed concrete wall leads to the second floor and is a focal point of the foyer, with open riser wood tread steps that truly float through the room. The ground floor is an expansive, loft-style open space with eco-friendly white epoxy terrazzo flooring framed in a stainless steel accented grid.
To maximize the waterfront views, the entire west side of the house facing the Intracoastal is made of glass; both floors feature glass framed on either side by two twelve foot tall pocketing glass walls that slide into a cavity and out of view, as if there were no doors. Architect Sultana says he was “excited to utilize the design of glass as a wall of structure to open up the house.” Long ribbon windows oppose the all glass wall, and clerestory windows bring additional natural light without sacrificing privacy. The great room doors open directly onto the pool deck.
Back lit, built-in shelving frames the fireplace with an over mantle consisting of the same glass tiles as the entryway waterfall. The ventless fireplace by EcoSmart is fueled by efficient, clean burning, eco-friendly bioethanol.
Fifty-nine feet away, anchoring the other side of the great room, is the kitchen’s dark wood cabinetry supplied by Main Street Kitchen and Bath. “Embracing combinations of design styles gives you license to create a dynamic look that will truly set your space apart,” says Showroom Manager Matthew Jones of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Sarasota. Ferguson provided the Subzero and Wolf appliances, as well as the the plumbing fixtures, including a Franke double bowl kitchen sink and an Axor faucet.
The master bedroom of Casa Pocatello benefits from the Lutron recessed shading system which controls the amount of daylight entering the room at the touch of a button without sacrificing the clean views. The Master bedroom’s ten foot tall pocketing glass walls lead to a large cantilevered private sun deck with a glass handrail. Slot diffuser air vents appear intentional in this modern home and complement the lines of the window and the wide hickory planked floor.
The en-suite master bedroom closet was an important consideration in designing Casa Pocatello. Bob Barthman, Sales Manager and Designer at More Space Place in Sarasota, recognizes that, “a closet is much more than a necessity. It can be a creation of one’s own individuality and creativity,” even as it serves the need for “maximum utility and multipurpose functions.” The resulting closet remains in step with the contemporary clean lines of rest of house with over 195 linear feet of shelf storage and over 32 linear feet of hanging space. Antique White caseworks with a horizontal textured grain Vanilla Latte drawer front, wood box drawers with full extension drawer slides, chrome rods and accessories accent the closet design.
The en suite master bathroom entry continues the virtually uninterrupted panorama. While most houses hide the bathroom behind walls, Casa Pocatello takes full advantage of the view with its ten foot tall by twenty foot wide storefront glass, spanning the entire wall of the bathroom. The views can be enjoyed from the white glass enclosed shower with multiple shower heads or from the freestanding Kohler Sunstruck Oval bath with a sculptural chrome chandelier.
A truly modern home inside and out, the stunning rear exterior finishes the home in dramatic fashion. From this view, the architectural beauty of the home can be seen as the pool blends seamlessly into the lines of the exterior. The master suite’s sundeck extends over a seating area. A sunken fire pit and infinity edge spa overlook beautiful water views.
Built for stylish entertaining and comfortable, modern living, Casa Pocatello is the perfect combination of innovation and design. Embracing the indoor/outdoor lifestyle so many look for in the Sarasota area, the home’s expansive use of glass has created a home that makes a lasting impression on all who visit.
Written by Brooke Parker
Photography by Ryan Gamma Photography
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