Flexible is the word that keeps coming up when discussing this magnificent home in Naples’ Moorings neighborhood. The five-bedroom, six-bath home has 4,345 square feet under air, but the home is not just spacious. Its clever design ensures it will suit just about everyone.
“This home design is incredibly flexible. The detached third-car garage can be used as office space, art studio, mother-in-law apartment, place for boomerang college kids, nanny, or on-site health care provider,” says architect Falconer Jones, of Falconer Design Consultants. Jones worked closely with builder Matt Knauf of Knauf-Koenig Group to create the home and with C. Chad Elkins and lead designer Michael Hayes to conceptualize the interior design.
Originally, Matt and his wife Gisela, co-owner of Knauf-Koenig Group, designed and built the home for themselves, but the paint had barely dried when they received an offer to buy the home — and sold it. This has happened several times with homes Knauf has built. “The homes we build are very popular. Everyone involved on this project had a vested interest in delivering a truly superior product. All of us are consummate professionals and when you combine a builder like me, who gives his personal attention, a visionary architect, and brilliant designer, and use only the best materials in constructing and furnishing the residence, it’s no wonder lots of people love our homes as much as we do,” says Knauf.
This home was designed with a coastal transitional style, using natural rather than synthetic building materials. It incorporates stained natural cypress, coral stone, and smooth stucco throughout, along with stunning custom mill and trim work to create a one-of-a-kind residence.
Every project undertaken by Knauf-Koenig Group is unique to the lot on which it stands, and is customized to the buyer’s needs, explains Knauf. “This lot was very deep, more than 200 feet, and we wanted to make creative use of that space in the back.”
“Matt and I have a high level of trust, so I came up with a design making use of the location and then he and I refined the plans,” says Jones. “We never use a stock floor plan; every project is a custom-designed labor of love.”
In this instance the team created a gorgeous freestanding pool cabana. The cabana, surrounded on three sides by water, faces south to capture all the natural light and is visible through the front door as you approach the home.
“The cabana was one of the most successful design elements in this home,” says Jones, “It adds greatly to the livability of the residence.”
Such comfort was important to the architect/builder/designer team. “With the world going ever faster, home really needs to be a place where you can go to relax,” says Jones. “This house fits that bill perfectly.”
A straight paver driveway flanked by classic royal palms gives this Moorings residence an estate feel. An attached two-car garage is to the right of the entry. On the left, a detached garage, with covered breezeway, was built above flood elevation allowing it to be an air-conditioned, flexible space. The storm water management system incorporated into the landscape design provides hidden and functional flood protection, designed by J.R. Evans Engineering.
Spectacular mill and trim work, including paneled columns between the room’s French doors, was designed by Knauf-Koenig Group. Rectangular Anderson 400-Series windows range from 10- to 14-feet tall throughout the residence, and are reminiscent of those found in the homes of New England whaling captains. Transom windows above many of the doors welcome plenty of natural light, which reflects off the pristine white walls. Used here and throughout the residence is custom finished Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring in handcrafted artisan European white oak featuring planks 12 inches wide, and up to 12 feet in length.
Ruffino Cabinetry designed an island created with rift-cut, white oak accents in a driftwood finish to complement the creamy white custom cabinetry in this designer kitchen. Appliances from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery include a Wolfe 48- inch range top, a Sub-Zero steam convection oven, and a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator. A butler’s pantry, in the service corridor just behind the kitchen, includes a dishwasher, sink, microwave, and wine storage, creating a secondary kitchen and avoiding a cluttered look in the main one. Bar stools covered in ecru leather with stainless steel legs provide a contrast to the white upholstered chairs in the dining portion of this open space.
Because of the home’s popular open plan, the impressive credenza is actually part of the kitchen cabinetry designed by Stephen Ruffino of Ruffino Cabinetry. It contains a wine refrigerator, bar sink, and both closed and open lighted shelves. White linen-clad upholstered chairs from Baker flank the Hickory Chair driftwood table. Nail heads accentuate the chairs’ sweeping lines and the doorknockers on the back reference a time when servants were required to pull out diners’ chairs without touching the fabric. A wood-and-cane loveseat provides extra seating. The scene is lit by a rough-hewn wood spindle chandelier with crystal teardrops from Wilson Lighting. The windows sport champagne-hued, raw silk draperies, and the ice-blue silk carpet introduces a watery light to the room.
“To help create a sense of place in this transitional, coastal home, I used the colors of the beach and water — soft taupes, turquoises, and blues,” says designer Hayes. A chandelier of shells mixed with crystals from Wilson Lighting draws the eye upward to the coffered ceiling. A sage green rug overlaid with a Persian carpet in shades of soft grey and oatmeal provides a luxurious footing. The Vanguard bed is upholstered in a subtle trellis pattern accented with nail heads. The window treatment uses two different colors of raw silk — champagne and a light cerulean blue — to add a pop of color when the shades are drawn. Mercury glass lamps with cream linen shades on the mid-century mahogany nightstands light six shell prints above the headboard.
Sea green glass tiles evoke sunlit Caribbean waters in the master bath. The freestanding cast iron tub by Kohler fills from the ceiling. A marble-topped vanity by Ruffino Cabinetry has twin vessel sinks with Kohler plumbing fixtures beneath rectangular mirrors. Tall columns showcase beautiful trim work and add ample storage for linens and towels. Elsewhere in the home, Custom Closets & More created perfect solutions for all of the owner’s storage needs.
A leather-topped Vanguard desk sits in the center of this post-modern office with ’60s style Noir bookshelves in wood and metal. The white leather Parsons desk chair and two rough-hewn armchairs of pickled oak with oatmeal linen provide seating. Faux fur pillows break up the chairs’ austere lines. A spun bamboo lamp sits atop a Victorian wood and iron table.
The ceiling of the VIP suite is a showcase for the Knauf-Koenig Group’s signature detail. The space is wellappointed but unfussy and, as throughout the home, Hayes introduces a note of modernity. A faux fur rug in shades of dark brown and cream is a sexy nod to a ’70s shag notes Hayes. The Vanguard upholstered platform bed and the seabird prints and dried coral above the headboard complement the nautical note of the driftwood dresser. The vintage armchair is covered in an animal print, accented with nail-head trim. More tones of grey, brown and cream are found on the batik throw and accent pillow, and reflect the colors of the slate Casablanca fan.
The cultured-stone gas fireplace, which took masons a month to craft on-site, is a focal point on the lanai. The stained cypress ceiling on the lanai matches the soffits and fascia on the rest of the home’s exterior. Classic gray and white pinstripes are used on the Sunbrella cushions of the aluminum-framed outdoor wicker sofas. These are accented with citrus-green pillows, relecting the Pantone Color of the Year 2017. A unique teakroot console sits behind one of the sofas; another pair of teak roots, wrapped around a metal frame, create the expansive coffee table. Just beyond the pool is the dramatic freestanding pool cabana, accessible via stepping-stones in the water to the right and the left of the platform, which is surrounded by water on three sides.
This home is currently offered by Taber Tagliasacchi with Calusa Bay Properties.
Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Giovanni Photography and Amber Fredericksen
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