It takes a deft hand and a trained eye to transform a challenging plot of beachfront property into a three-story modern home where each sharp angle is softened by that coveted view of the Gulf of Mexico. But it was achieved, and only views as breathtaking could match the impeccable design details that encompass this 4,350-square-foot residence off of Manasota Key in Englewood.
From the first glance of the home, feelings of awe and inspiration are felt as sharply as the perpendicular points that make this residence unique. “Those angles are the angles of the coastal control lines,” explains Mark Sultana, the scribe behind the home’s design. “So I took that line, that angular shape, and incorporated it into the house. That angle carries through to the front, as well as the canopy over the front door and the porches,” describes Sultana.
That delicate ultra modern style isn’t typical of homes along the Florida coast, but that’s exactly what attracted Sultana and Michael Voigt, of Voigt Brothers Construction, to create this sophisticated and contemporary home. Sultana focuses on contemporary composition and often collaborates with Voigt. For this home in particular, Sultana drew upon his own style and harmonized with the owners who had an ultra modern inspired layout in mind.
“I’m familiar with the ultra modern vernacular and style,” says Sultana. “But what’s important to me is how much the client is involved in the design. It’s not about what I think they should have, we design as a team, me and the client.”
The natural angles of the property forced a ready-made blueprint, but Sultana was able to draw upon that and found it created interesting vanishing points. As a result, each view from inside the home offers its own piece of the beach.
“Everywhere you walk is a different view,” says Sultana. “You don’t see the same thing all the time.”
The only lineal look onto the beach is from the back wall of the home, which is composed entirely of glass. With the open floor plan, the hues produced by the water and sand are seen from the entryway and the shades of cerulean and beige from the outdoor landscape are accented in the home’s color palette creating a seamless flow from the interior to the exterior.
Even the expansive nature of the Gulf of Mexico that is felt when resting on the beach is captured inside the home by the 25-foot ceilings and vanishing 10-feet-tall windows. The main section of the windows opens to a 90-degree angle revealing the Gulf of Mexico. Despite a desire for the windows to extend floor-to-ceiling for the native Minnesotan homeowners, Florida’s codes and hurricane-preparedness regulations prevented such a feature. However, the windows extend the entire width of the back of the home.
But the sincerity to agrestal living the home invokes isn’t just in the views. The entire home is constructed with conservation in mind and can be controlled with the press of a button from anywhere in the home. The ceilings are punctuated with LED lighting, either recessed or on a track. The lighting in the home is controlled with a Lutron lighting control system. The Earth-friendly quality of the home is complete with solar arrays on the roof, solar hot water heaters and a cistern to capture rainwater to irrigate the landscaping.
The home also has a 1,200-square-foot guesthouse on the land, which is one of the remaining original elements of the property and also has solar arrays on the roof. The arrays’ sleekness allows the main home to maintain an untainted view of the water.
But the most spectacular element of the home’s living space isn’t the view, oddly enough, it’s the staircase. Each step effortlessly floats off a commercial style elevator, which is disguised by concrete that’s fashioned to blend and cantilever from the wall. No bolts are visible, only steel wrapping around the elevator.
“The staircase was for sure the most challenging structural element of the house,” explains Voigt. An engineer was brought in to ensure its safety, but that doesn’t detract from marveling at the sheer physics of the perceived impossible feature. “Each tread is like a diving board,” describes Voigt. “It’s a pretty unique staircase.”
The elevator runs from the first floor, the beach-level garage that can hold up to eight vehicles and sits on deep concrete pilings all the way to the roof. In total, the elevator is in a nearly 50-foot shaft. The first floor also opens up to a 40-foot lap pool that has its own jacuzzi.
The main floor also boasts a kitchen—with a bar, island and custom cabinetry. A hidden pantry is tucked behind and is disguised to look like a cabinet. The floor has a laundry room, powder bath, a dining room, a television room and a guest bedroom with its own views. Only the pantry and the bedroom are without views of the water. The main floor also has an outdoor living area that is entertainment-ready.
Above the main floor is the third floor, which overlooks the main floor. There, the master bedroom and bathroom catwalk to the stairs and elevator. The additional two bedrooms are on the other side of the third floor, each with their own bathrooms and balcony.
Finally, the home’s prized feature, the roof deck. The entire perimeter is fashioned from glass, offering unobstructed views of the beach and the intercoastal waterway. The same color palette that flows throughout the entire expanse of the home is also present on the roof.
For all the home’s beauty and success, however, for Sultana and Voigt the most valuable part of the home is the satisfaction the customer derives.
“We don’t just build custom homes,” explains Voigt. “We build one-of-a-kind homes.”
Written by Sabina Bhasin
Photography by Detlev von Kessel
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