Suncoast : Home Tour : Tuscan Reinvented

The Lake Club offers five different home sites, and this 1-acre option is the jewel in their crown. The view from any room is spectacular, as the floor plan’s luxurious wide layout offers each room a similar vantage point. In addition to the rear exterior optimization, the front is also full of surprises. Built by Roy Dupuis of Anchor Builders, the Siena model offers a linear park across the street, separating the home from another home’s view. “I incorporated my favorite elements from other Lake Club and Concession models for this one, essentially creating the most luxury with the most function,” describes Dupuis.

“It is interesting that the design usually starts with the garage placement. It is not only a big part of the elevation and streetscape, it will start to dictate the interior room placement and lifestyle, like kitchen, dining and utility spaces,” describes architectural designer Paul Fletcher of Design Lines.  This design offers a secluded auto court separated from the street with a trellis or porte-cochere, which is a clever way to minimize its impact on the curb appeal. The three-car garage bays are removed from the streetscape. This private auto court design also allows for a friends’ porch with access into the heart of the home.

The front exterior also features a stacked, cultured stone creating a Tuscan-style aesthetic. The hand-built board and batten shutters are not only highly decorative, but also have functioning hinges. Dupuis made a concerted effort to lighten and freshen the typical Floridian Tuscan look, by using contemporary finish details. The front door is quite unique with a 3’ wide by 10’ high double French door design utilizing four pieces of glass, and designed with a modern edge.

The interiors by Marc-Michaels Interior Design are a blend of clean lines and classical elements that complement each other and create an elegant and stunning atmosphere. True to the word ‘transitional,’ you can’t help but be immersed in the beauty that echoes throughout this home. A connection is maintained with the repetition of plush fabrics, whimsical light play, and hint of sparkle from the contemporary fixtures and stunning finishes. Earth tones, pastels, and metallics harmonize with warm wood tones and rich textures; creating an enlightening environment for all who step through the door.

Inside the foyer, the traditional veneer of the home gives way to a more edgy, modern look, a fresh perspective on traditional design. Collaborating with architectural designer Paul Fletcher of Design Lines, and the Interior Detailing team at Marc-Michaels Interior Design, the architectural and construction detail has progressed in a more contemporary direction. Cleaner versions of columns, crown moldings, and built-in cabinetry details are responsible for the fresh look.

Fletcher and Dupuis always start their design process with a “how should we orient the rooms?” planning session and ends with customizing a floor plan that will suit the clients’ specific needs and family lifestyle. “Our Siena model at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch takes full advantage of the oversized home site overlooking the expansive lake,” describes Dupuis. “We located all the major rooms of the home to achieve a spectacular rear view, including the master suite, library, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, and bonus room,” adds Dupuis. These are the type of details that make this model so special. The custom closet systems by Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts are just one example of the exquisite features throughout the home.

Each contributor to the home enjoyed the process as well. “It’s always such a pleasure to work with Roy’s team at Anchor (Builders). Brenda and the group are professional and have a great eye for detail,” states Matthew Jones of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “Their Siena model is a great representation of the quality products we showcase here at our showroom,” explains Jones.

This architectural style is more eclectic with less formal stone surrounds and order. This plan is designed to have the maximum amount of rooms on the view while allowing the guest rooms to remain private, and the large outdoor living space is located as an extension of the leisure and bonus rooms.

“When I design a model, it is different than designing a custom home for a particular client.  I have to design it for a broader appeal. It has to be designed with the vision of the opportunity to be flexible to different buyers,” explains Fletcher. The lifestyle that the Siena model offers is the close relationship to the rear views and outdoor living. Almost all of the rooms have views to the rear yard. The guest suites are designed to be more private and separate from the entertaining spaces, one of them with its own entrance to the courtyard.

Written by Andrea Garcia
Photography by Jimmy White Photography

Anchor Builders
235 North Orange Avenue, Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34236

Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts
1312 N. Lime Avenue
Sarasota. FL 34237

Design Lines
1547 Tawnyberry Court
Trinity, FL 34655

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
2451 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234

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