This exquisite home site, bordered by canals on two sides and positioned at the end of a cul-de-sac, offers not only fresh water and salt-water access, but also extended views to the Manatee River. The property amenities, coupled with the homeowners’ outdoor lifestyle, made it essential that the home be designed to create optimal views from every angle and functional outdoor spaces.
The homeowners are avid travelers and committed to a family-friendly, yet modern design. Architectural designer Paul Fletcher of Design Lines highlights the importance of the many windows and doors to access lanais, decks, and the pool area as being key to the welcoming layout. Interior designer Carrie Riley of Riley Interior Design worked closely with the homeowners to create a contemporary space with a warm feel. Each room features the clean lines of a modern design, using high contrast and textures that pull elements together throughout the home.
Teamwork and unity truly become the defining threads for this custom build in Bradenton, Florida. Roy Dupuis of Anchor Builders, one of the premier custom builders in the Sarasota area, led the construction team. Dupuis, Fletcher, and Riley have, according to Dupuis, “successfully collaborated together as a design team on many custom homes.” This talented trio takes an attractive home site and tastefully fashions an up-to-date home complete with a game room, grand salon, master suite, dining room, guest suite with private courtyard, and an outdoor living area with a detached cabana. These main level attractions keep the entertaining downstairs, while the upper level provides tech-savvy private suites for their children.
A look at the front exterior of the home may have guests wondering where the family parks its vehicles. Fletcher explains, “With a porte cochere and auto court, the garage doors are non-existing from the street scape.” If concealing the five-car garage is the first feat of this multi-level and highly textured design, then the interior promises to delight. To be sure, the gabled roof and archways of the façade give way to an interior that showcases light and luxury.
The two-story grand salon features a spectacular view to the outdoors with full-length windows. The owners wanted a centerpiece to anchor the room, which was achieved by building a fireplace as the focus. Riley extends the stone, adding layered wood mantels and accent lighting for the full 24-foot height. The fireplace wall uses the same ledge-stone material as the external columns, connecting the grand salon to the dining room and the house façade. As Riley notes, “it all works together and feels like one big space.” One goal of the project was to infuse the warm characteristics of a northern build with the “softer, casual, livable feel of a Floridian home,” says Riley. Comfortable seating around the fireplace finishes the room to welcome guests at first entry.
An open family design in the kitchen maintains the clean lines of the grand salon, creating a seamless flow from room to room. The kitchen is well lit, made even brighter by the off-white, Woodmode Brookhaven cabinets by Country Classics. The backsplash introduces a unique design theme – twigs sandwiched between acrylic to create a three-dimensional texture. The branches bring in the dark wood floor color, mimic the vertical lines of the height in the salon, and tie into the pattern of the custom rug of the dining room. The kitchen’s stainless steel appliances, the large center island with sink, and ample seating create a space perfect for casual gathering.
The gray, ledge-stone pillars of the dining area open into a cozy space for an elegant meal. The metallic wire fixture by Corbett Lighting adds artistry and flare to the room. Its light ribbon design contrasts with the dark wood floors, and the polish of the fixture adds a classy shine to the pristine space. Riley Interior Design worked with Royal Intercontinental Rugs to select the variance of the rug color from palm swatches and to create a custom pattern. Additionally, thick plank shutters maintain the clean simplicity and lines, offering some privacy to the adroit diner.
Ceramic tile detailing by Cut Masters offers artistic elements in the clean, open master bathroom. The mosaic tile pattern on the tub, repeated in the shower, adds glamor and pop to the bathroom, with the gray color tying into the accent wall of the master suite. With a large mirror behind the sink and sconces on the mirrors, the bathroom not only maintains the design elements of the home, but also deepens the expansive feel of a space made for stylish living.
Look no further than the master suite to witness the consistency of the design team. Here Riley adds decorative stationary side panels to give texture to the room. The clear, Lucite poles of the side panels tie to the acrylic of the backsplash in the kitchen and create a floating essence on the wall. As with the other rooms, touches of coherent design are evident, creating that whole-house feel that Riley referenced. Dupuis concurs: “The homeowners wanted a large family home that combine(s) both a modern feel and rustic, warm appointments.” The detailed woodwork and interior trim by Ferman Schlabach, subcontracted through Dupuis, certainly helps to bring it all together on the inside.
While the interior is masterful, “the travertine pool deck, the dramatic pool interior finish, and the expansive sitting area with fireplace, create a true outdoor oasis,” according to Dupuis. “The color of the Pebble Tec for the bottom of the pool is a rich dark black,” notes Riley, “which creates a stunning view when lit.” An outdoor fire pit is also incorporated into the pool design. The family’s dream of a functional and welcoming back yard has become a reality. In the words of Fletcher, they can enjoy a “cabana designed and positioned in the rear yard to not only bring another area of entertaining and relaxing by the pool, but to bring you closer to the water.” Indeed, a space so sophisticated and comfortable may be enough to keep even the dedicated travelers who envisioned it, home.
Written by Kasye Beza
Photography by Jimmy White Photography
Anchor Builders of Southwest FL, Inc.
235 North Orange Avenue, Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34236
1547 Tawnyberry Court
Trinity, FL 34655
Riley Interior Design
1929 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34239
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
2451 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234