Intimate Comfort : Sun coast Living on Local Waterway

A coastal home that offers ocean views and open breezes, this Sarasota stunner combines an open design that maximizes views with plenty of privacy for residents and guests.

“This is the owners’ primary residence,” says project architect Rebecca O’Donnell of Braidenview Architects. “They wanted the home to be very open and livable.” The owners also wanted to create a home that fits their entertaining needs when friends and relatives visit. “It’s a very family-friendly house,” explains O’Donnell. Each guest room has its own bath and and two have decks. The entire guest area has a community gathering space with sunset and coastal views.

According to the builder, Shawn O’Donnell of O’Donnell Construction Company, “this home was a unique and special project and a lot of fun to build. Quality was the deciding factor above all other considerations. We built this home with a team approach that included the clients, architect and sub-contractors and finished in under a year. We are very proud of this project.”

Throughout the home, warm colors and custom touches make the home comfortable. The living area’s soft cream and ivory tones blend well with the rich flooring. The beautiful five-inch wood planks are made of American knotty walnut from Mirage. “The same wood flooring runs throughout the home,” says Christina Leonard of Chappie’s Carpet & Floors Inc. Across from the sofa, built-in shelves and cabinets surround a custom fireplace. These cabinets and shelves were custom built by Finecraft Custom Cabinetry in their local manufacturing facility which has been located in Sarasota since 1990.

The fireplace stone cladding from Island Stone is created from slender convex strips in a meshed wave pattern which fit together and provide an interesting and intricate twist on the classic stacked stone look. According to Brigid Saah, owner of Tile Market of Sarasota, “It was important to bring elements of the outdoor spaces, along with living room and kitchen surfaces, into the design to create a consistent concept.”

Paul Martinelli of Fine Craft Custom Cabinetry worked together with O’Donnell and the homeowners for almost a year to create the perfect kitchen that fits their lifestyle for day to day functioning, as well as for entertaining. The large island provides plenty of space for food prep and family gathering. “It’s topped with brown fantasy marble from Omicron Granite & Tile,” says Stephanie Wingate, territory sales representative for Omicron. The material serves as a visual focal point, and the marble’s color and texture blend with the room’s neutral tones.

The kitchen’s clean lines also were maintained by appliance placement. “A lot of the appliances in the kitchen are designed to be hidden behind cabinet panels, which makes the clean design really flow through the kitchen,” says Scott Mullet, president of Mullet’s Appliances. Hidden appliances include a SubZero column-style refrigerator-freezer, warming drawer, wine cooler and refrigerator drawers.

One appliance which stands out is the Wolf 48-inch dual-fuel range with a flat griddle surface top and six burners. “It really makes a professional kitchen statement,” says Mullet.

Above the range is a stunning stone mosaic backsplash sourced by Tile Market and Chappie’s. Sheryl Harris from Tile Market worked with the homeowners and designer to help select the Artistic Tile Foliage Grande Linen Blend Mosaic, which captures some of the elements of the nearby sandy shore in a graceful leaf pattern.

The kitchen also combines natural elements and comfort with a clean and open feeling. “The kitchen is very much the center, or hub, of the entire house,” says O’Donnell. An ample pantry holds recharge stations for electronics and stores other items to keep countertops clear.

Originally, the home was to have a wine cellar in a small closet under the stairs, but after construction began a different closet was made into a larger, climate-controlled wine cellar. Built out of all cherry cabinetry, Martinelli explains “The wood reduces the vibration and allows the wine to settle for preservation. Storage was built to accommodate normal, magnum, bulk or case goods, as well as showing off collectibles.” The custom tile blue backsplash adds to the room’s elegance.

Elements of blue dress up the dining area as well, which also enjoys the coastal views found throughout the home’s living and sleeping areas. The room opens to an outdoor dining area for the full experience of warm breezes. “The owners’ former home had been very shaded, and they never used the outdoors,” says O’Donnell. The new home makes the most of their bright coastal spot. Automated shades on the home’s windows and around the outdoor patio come down easily when insects or sun become a problem, and then lift back up with the touch of a button.

Architectural details also support the home’s coastal feel, while maintaining a modern look. This private guest room on the second floor has softer blue accents and Nepali style carpeting from Fabrica in Carlisle Cream color.

The master bath features elegant touches, from the flooring to the sophisticated chandelier and window coverings. The stone surfaces and lighting mix well with the cool colors and design, keeping the room consistent with the home’s overall comfort. “The Kohler items used in the master bath lend themselves well to this casual sophistication and create a timeless scene,” says Matthew Jones, branch manager of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery.

In the master bedroom, a slightly warmer sea foam green continues the home’s coastal accents, but with warmer materials and colors, including the continuation of the knotty walnut flooring and V-groove boards in the ceiling. A large window and door take advantage of the coastal views.

The owners very much wanted to have outdoor living,” says O’Donnell. The outdoor patio’s ceiling reflects the warmth of the indoor walnut and tile flooring. DJ Joppek, senior designer consultant with Cabinets Extraordinaire, designed the outdoor kitchen. The cabinetry is made by NatureKast. “It’s 100 percent weatherproof cabinetry that comes with a limited lifetime warranty,” says Joppek.

The under counter drawers are Perlick professional refrigerator drawers and the kitchen features a DCS Grill. “All of the outdoor appliances are high-grade stainless steel made for the outdoors,” Mullet explains. The bar area is accented with Vestige Natural Stone from Artistic Tile. “We used Ash Limestone, with rich taupe tones and linear veining, for the outdoor kitchen and bar area,” says Saah.

The gorgeous views on-site were important to the owner. “The clients wanted to walk in the front door and have a kind of sight line through the house out to water,” says O’Donnell. The line goes right over the edge of the infinity pool to the intracoastal.

Most of the home’s materials and appliances were chosen for their quality, warranty, and longevity, along with their beauty. Those details run from each material to each carefully selected appliance or fixture. “The high end plumbing fixtures selected compliment the casual feel of the house while adding to the sophisticated look,” says Jones.

The home’s impeccable layout, thoughtful interior design, and entertaining spaces make it a wonderful and family friendly space. This truly is a home and location to enjoy and relax with family and friends.


Written by Teresa Odle

Photography by Jimmy White


Bee Ridge Lighting
3909 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


Braidenview Architects
425 Montelluma Drive
North Venice, FL 34275


Cabinets Extraordinaire
5686 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34232


Chappie’s Carpets & Floors, Inc.
3913 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


FineCraft Custom Cabinetry
4333 South Tamiami Trail, Suite C
Sarasota, FL 34231


Galate Design
9510 Deerfoot Way
Columbia, MD 21046


Mullet’s Appliances
4233 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


O’Donnell Construction Company, Inc.
Shawn O’Donnell, BS, MBA


Omicron Granite & Tile
3120 N Andrews Avenue Ext
Pompano Beach, FL 33064


Rugs as Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231


Tile Market of Sarasota
1962 Main Street, Suite 120
Sarasota, FL 34236

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