When builder Mike Assaad, President of Waterside Builders and Matthew Kragh, President of MHK Architecture & Planning first saw the three-tiered 1930’s buildings for sale in Olde Naples, they knew they had the perfect developing partner for them—past client Kristen Williams Haseotes. Haseotes, an executive in the financial industry and relatively new developer, agreed that it certainly had promise. Having collaborated together on another historic Olde Naples property, Kragh, Assaad, and Haseotes also knew they had the shared work experience and a mutual respect for historic restorations. This team seeks to incorporate modern-day form, function, and design with the preservation of Southwest Florida’s most definitive architecture.
Assaad, a native Neapolitan, has 15 years building experience and a reputation for building custom homes of unequaled quality. Together with Kragh, an award-winning architect with over 15 years of professional experience, they firmly believe that their clients are partners in the design process. Haseotes has a phenomenal eye for décor and brings her fresh vision and uncanny knack for nuance and texture to every space. Together, the three professionals infused this project with livability and a superior design standard.
Kragh used his vision to draw up a conceptual plan for the remodel, while Assaad investigated the planning pitfalls and, working in tandem, they came up with a winning concept that ultimately combined a design suited to the 21st century lifestyle. It did however embrace the history and architecture of the original structures.
As the listing agent, Andrew Arreola, of Gulfcoast International Properties aptly puts it, “In this project, the developer, the builder, and the architect, have managed to pay homage to the original ‘Olde Naples cottage look’ without sacrificing the features of new construction.” Adds Arreola, “This home represents the direction I see us headed in luxury coastal living in the next 5-to10 years. We are seeing ornate homes give way to a cleaner, simpler coastal look that gives the owner a sense of serenity and more relaxed feel.”
The three original buildings have been reconfigured into two structures — a main house and a guest house that are connected by a trellised outdoor living and pool area. Assaad and Kragh, along with Steven Jallad, Project Manager at MHK Architecture & Planning, chose to use a standing metal roof accented by cupolas. They clad the exterior of the buildings in a concrete fiberboard that mimics period clapboard in order to retain its historic integrity. The home fits perfectly into the fabric of the existing streetscape. Modern building materials include concrete pavers on the driveway, Marvin impact doors and windows, and mahogany exterior doors.
The main house and guest houses were given open plan living spaces to suit today’s Florida lifestyle. Allowing the Old Florida lines of both structures to dictate the direction for the interior design, Haseotes gave the spaces a modern, airy feel by using varying shades of clean, crisp white throughout and layering them in various different textures. Organic elements such as rock, shell, and reclaimed Cypress wood were used throughout.
In the main house, the living room features tall ceilings and generous windows that fill the space with light. Vintage bamboo sofas were recovered in a white, Ralph Lauren linen fabric and serve as a counterpoint to the antique, mirrored coffee table. A Balsa wood chandelier imparts an East Indies accent. In the adjoining kitchen, the ocean blue granite countertops and white custom cabinetry are a nod to the nearby Gulf of Mexico, and reclaimed 1920’s Cypress wood was used in the range hood. Pendant lights over the counter bar feature both wrought iron and sea glass.
Haseotes used vintage furniture sourced at a Palm Beach estate sale in the master bedroom and introduced pops of color via the chairs featuring a coral, red, and black floral fabric and the addition of orchids in corresponding colors. In the adjoining his and hers master bath, a double vanity, walk-in shower, pedestal tub and dressing table provide a luxurious feel, while Kragh and Assaad added a doorway out to the pool area for convenience.
The light-filled guest bedroom was also given a vintage feel via the inclusion of generously trimmed windows and a detailed ceiling treatment. The 1950’s Chippendale headboards and bamboo nightstands were sourced at a Maine antique store and the crisp green shade used on the bed linens, accent rug, and chairs give the space a modern sensibility. The second guest bedroom features a bed with woven headboard flanked by a pair of tall windows. The red, white, and blue bed pillows correspond to the playful Union Jack accent table, while other vintage items include the Chester Dale tea box, a luggage rack found in Martha’s Vineyard, and nautical art prints.
In the guest cottage, Kragh and Assaad designed the living, kitchen, and dining areas to flow seamlessly together and become a place for the family to gather. A neutral color scheme and the use of easy care denim slip covers on the sofa invite relaxation, while the sea grass area rug and Marlin hung on the wall above the sofa add playful accents.
The cottage bedroom features a whimsical mermaid theme via painted, wooden figures transported from Massachusetts and hung above the bed. The sea foam green accent colors used on the bed and throughout the room were suggested by the original color of the reclaimed, wooden shutters hung at either side of the double window.
The pool lounge serves as the hub of the property, linking the two homes together and offering a place for all to gather at the end of the day. The team’s attention to detail is evident in the reclaimed Cypress trim surrounding the gas fireplace, the period trellis accents and the custom lighting that infuses the space with a warm glow in the evenings. Vintage bamboo furniture was updated with fabric by Ralph Lauren from Webster & Company in the Miromar Design Center.
Bringing the project in under budget and on schedule is the goal of most architects and custom home builders, but Assaad, Kragh, and Haseotes achieved an even greater coup – a home that speaks to the passerby, invites him or her up onto the front porch, and provides them with a warm Florida welcome. Realtor Arreola believes that Kragh and this residence exudes, “what today’s buyer is asking for: a refined, classic look that will accommodate Olde Naples well in the years to come.”