Pure Perfection: An Exacting Design for Discerning Tastes
Architect John Cooney’s visits to the West Indies came in handy when he was asked by Andy Bringardner, Principal of A. Vernon Allen Builder to design a new spec home in Port Royal. The home needed to be very high-end and marketable, full of the amenities that the sophisticated clientele, who would be house-hunting in that most venerable of Naples, Florida neighborhoods, would expect.
“I knew that I wanted to create an architecturally sound design that would capture every detail of West Indies architecture,” says Cooney. “I wasn’t interested in a hybrid style of architecture, but wanted to include details like stained cypress corbels and brackets, large overhangs, and porches and balconies, such as one would find in the Caribbean.”
He and Bringardner also discussed what features to include in the home. Cooney explains, “I’ve done more than 65 homes in Port Royal and A. Vernon Allen Builder has built hundreds of custom homes, so we combined our expertise and made a list of what custom buyers most often ask for in their homes. For example, two master suites—one upstairs and one down—are often on buyers’ wish lists, so I included this amenity in the design of the home.”
Cooney also accommodated another oft-heard request. “Most buyers ask for a resort-style pool, an extensively equipped summer kitchen, multiple outdoor seating areas with firepit —every feature that makes their home a ‘mini-resort’”.
“We have a long-standing presence and impeccable reputation in Port Royal,” says Bringardner, “and were very cognizant of how any new construction must fit into the neighborhood. We also know that absolutely the most creative architectural design with the highest-end interior finishes, coupled with the finest craftsmen and advanced building science construction techniques, are must-haves in a home like this.”
That uncompromising quality, and on-time delivery resulted in the sale of the home just one week after completion.
“The final product was the result of this top-tier team,” credited Bringardner. “AVA’s Project Supervisor, Mark Nash, the architectural leadership of John Cooney, and Lisa Kahn’s design were the pieces that put together this incredible home. We very much appreciated a client who allowed us to assemble a strong enough team to be able to achieve such a great result, one of which every member is very proud to be a part.”
Giant oaks flank the multihued stone pavers leading to the double mahogany and glass front door of this palatial home in Naples’ most sought after neighborhood of Port Royal. Mocha Créme natural stone cladding by 3rd Generation Tile & Marble, powder coated aluminum shutters, and a trio of windows overlooking the front are all elements of classic West Indies design. The home, on a waterfront lot, offers five bedrooms, six full and two half-baths with 8,597 square feet under air.
In this airy living room, Andersen fixed and casement windows, featuring energy efficient glass are fit with mutton strips to emulate West Indies design without sacrificing the view. Neutral in tone and simple in shape, the furnishings throughout the home are staged by Meridith Baer Home. The room’s most dramatic feature, is the gas-burning fireplace that has a shellstone surround and is topped by a mantle custom built by A. Vernon Allen Builder.
The great room ceiling is comprised of tongue-and-groove planks with wooden beams. Expansive glass doors slide from the left or right, opening to the spacious lanai. This outside area overlooking Treasure Cove has motorized screen and hurricane shutters in case of inclement weather. Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring “Maria” from the LaFamiglia collection is used throughout the home. A unique smoking process provides depth to the wood’s finish. White linen and marine blue accented furnishings create a contemporary-coastal design.
Simplicity marks the classic line of the gourmet kitchen with custom white-faced maple cabinets topped by inner-lit glass insets. The vent above the eight-burner professional chef’s range is similarly clad in shaker style. An Allure Quartzite countertop with prep sink hosts linen stools for extra seating at the dark walnut island. Appliances, including two dishwashers and two refrigerators to aid entertaining, are all by WOLFSubZero. A butler’s pantry and climatized wine room are just off the kitchen.
Beams and crown moulding on the ceiling give this dining room a unique flair. A wrought iron and candle-bulb chandelier lights the rustic wood- planked table, with seating for 10 set atop an oatmeal nubby wood rug. An oak credenza affords plenty of storage and a black-banded rectangular mirror reflects light into this elegant room.
The second master has a coffered ceiling, accented by double step crown moulding. French doors lead to a balcony with custom aluminum railing overlooking the pool and Treasure Cove. This room features two walk-in closets, an en suite bath.
A Celeste freestanding bath by Jacuzzi is set upon 24-by- 24-inch Platina Gold stone. A counter of Cloudy Beige marble tops custom ivory cabinets. Parchment-shaded scones inset in the large mirror softly light the scene.
The sense of limitless space in this master bedroom is enhanced by the vaulted and sloped tongue-and-groove celling which reaches 15-feet at its highest point. Creamy wall paint and light-toned furnishings maintain the airy feel. The room features a glass-enclosed conservatory sitting room overlooking the water. All windows are laminated, insulated, and contain a film designed to eliminate heat.
Mystery White marble countertops are surrounded by custom cabinetry painted seafoam green. A builtin vanity and banded mirror are of the same material. The high-backed white linen chair provides a perfect counterpoint to the many subtle yet colorful tones of this dressing area.
The study’s double French doors lead to the pool deck. Custom floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves have recessed lighting and whisper-close drawers. The “X” desk is stained walnut, as is the matching sofa table set behind the high-backed linen desk chair. A pair of pinstripe gray armchairs completes the design.
Working closely with landscape architect Christian Andrea, Cooney designed multiple seating areas that make the most of the lot’s natural contour. An upper seating deck of shellstone from 3rd Generation Tile & Marble is just above the covered living/dining area and summer kitchen with an al fresco grill, bar, and mini refrigerator. The infinity edge pool, tiled in blue mosaic glass, includes a waterfall-raised spa. At the water’s edge another seating deck with firepit provides a gathering place for sunset views.
Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Tim Gibbons
3rd Generation Tile & Marble
6187 Shirley St #4
Naples, FL 34109
A. Vernon Allen Builder
1175 First Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring
2684 Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, FL 34104
Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102