This splendid three-storied island home is truly a magical retreat for family and friends in the natural preserves of Anna Maria Island. Carefully designed for the site, the house can open up and take advantage of the breezes, the outdoors, and the superb views on all sides.
The magnificent residence with 3,800 square feet includes three bedrooms, three and one half bathrooms in the main house, and an adjacent carriage guesthouse above the garage. The two structures, independent from one another for privacy, are connected by a floating covered walkway, which offers spectacular views of the nearby natural wildlife and waterway.
“The client was looking for a casual, Florida home, flexible enough for their family visits as well as for entertaining,” explains Jessica Holmes Holiday of HSH Designs, interior designer for the project. “I was given free reign of the design elements keeping in mind the active lifestyle of the residents.”
The façade of the house incorporates a majestic double staircase to the first living level with a peaked rooftop. Soft light beige siding, pale blue shutters and crisp white trim give the home a stately but inviting appeal. The design of the central portion of the railing on the porticos is a custom design of the architect. This latticework with a distanced top rail gives the entire façade a modern Floridian look. The driveway and lot front is paved in pea gravel to promote better drainage and avoid water runoffs.
Throughout the house, warm golden tones of pre-engineered Ipe wood flooring bring softness, comfort, and ease of maintenance to the home.
The furniture has an informal slipcover look and is entirely washable. Neutral colors are used on the fabric covers throughout the living space to offer houseguests a cozy, welcoming, indoor haven. A neutral woven jute rug brings a feeling of understated elegance to the room. In this interior design project, Holiday uses a combination of antique pieces, such as the dining room coffee table, framed vintage artwork, cleverly sourced accessories mixed with custom designed furniture, and built-in cabinetry.
The open kitchen with a multi-level dining island and its proximity to the main dining area brings guests close to the active preparation of the food and invites them into the conversation. The cream-colored cabinetry in this kitchen/dining area complement the warmer tones of the granite counter tops and the golden caramel wood of the island base. Extensive planning with the client lead to the design of the perfectly functional kitchen for their family needs. A touch of sea foam blue on the kitchen chairs brings a bit of the outside to the interior. Making the most of the splendid view from the dining table, floor length windows open to the view of the natural waterways, trees and wildlife. The dining table top echoes the warm wood tone and the chairs, in contrast, bring a dark espresso tint to the setting. The upholstered armchairs on casters and full-length tailor made draperies add softness and enhance the comfort of the room. Just outside the indoor dining area, the wide outdoor porch offers additional dining and seating opportunities with an amazing view overlooking the turquoise lap pool below.
Custom cabinetry for closets and the personal office space on the upper level were designed, after careful consultation with the owner, to guarantee complete functionality and satisfaction. “We work closely with the client to incorporate all of the particular needs for storage and flexibility,” says Connie Beatty, of Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts. “Being a local company, we can easily make modifications during the construction process if needed, so that the final result perfectly reflects the client’s desires.”
The simplicity of the furnishings in the guest bedroom come together with the luxurious softness of crisp, natural fibers, and a gentle, low key color range. A bench at the foot of the bed is the perfect place to sit while watching the numerous dolphins and manatee that come into the bayou.
“The construction of the home incorporates a lot of green building elements for energy efficiency and sustainability,” says Greg Ross, of Ross Built Construction Company. “Spray foam insulation, zoned high efficiency HVAC units which can control the temperature in each individual room, tankless gas hot water heaters, impact windows and doors, Hardi Board exterior siding, and a metal roof are all part of the blueprint,” commented Ross. Ross goes on to say, “The interior doors have operable transoms above them to promote better air flow and breezes throughout the house when opening the windows and doors.” The entire house has been designed so that it can be opened up to enjoy the natural gentle winds from the bay and the Gulf.
On the ground level, the home opens up to the large outdoor deck. The primary design function of the swimming pool is as an exercise lap pool and is wide enough to be used as a recreational pool as well. The outside decks are a combination of Italian travertine on the main pool deck and Brazilian Ipe hardwood on the open decks and on the breezeway to the guest cottage. This wood is the perfect weather and pest resistant solution, and in time acquires a nice light grey coloring. In the true Floridian spirit, the ceilings on all exterior decks are constructed using tongue-and-groove cypress boards and are embellished with large white outdoor ceiling fans.
This island retreat is a genuine refuge in the midst of sunny coastal Florida. In the silence of the night, nature speaks loudly.
Written by Ann Marinelli Del Pero
Photography by Jimmy White Photography
Ross Built Construction Company
507C Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
HSH Designs, Inc.
1220 East Avenue North
Sarasota, FL 34237
Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts
1312 N. Lime Avenue
Sarasota. FL 34237
La Casa Tile, LLC
1777 Northgate Boulevard, Unit A-3
Sarasota, FL 34234