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Castle by the Sea : Elevated Living on Barefoot Beach

This decorator’s dream brought to reality is one of the latest additions to the Barefoot Beach community of paradise homes. Reminiscent of a modern-day castle, the home is fortified by its four levels, spiral staircase and stepped architecture, for a truly elevated lifestyle experience.

“This unique pie-shaped lot with landscaping provides a secluded oasis surrounded by mangroves on the bayside, and palms and barrier flora on the street sides,” notes Ryan Potter of Potter Homes. Jonathan Kukk of Kukk Architecture & Design adds, “It inspired us to create a transitional style tropical home, utilizing recessed stucco panels and axial aligned spaces.”

Featuring four bedrooms, four full- and two half-baths, and a unique pool and spa imaginatively positioned far above the ground, the homeowner’s desire to locate the main living spaces on one level heavily influenced the design concept from the outset. Kukk crafted a floor plan that is a departure for Barefoot Beach, where most homes have the master and main spaces spread across several floors.

With that mandate in mind, the second floor is comprised of the owner’s suite with a luxuriously appointed spa bathroom, gourmet chef’s kitchen, great room, dining area, half bath, lanai, and pool deck.

The spacious recreation deck is uniquely outfitted with an elevated infinity-edge pool and spa, covered lanai with fireplace, and outdoor entertainment area. The lanai is complete with retractable screens and electric shutters in case of inclement weather. The third floor offers a retreat for family or guests with three bedrooms ensuite.

Lead project designer Alina Dolan of Collins and DuPont Design Group explains the overall interior aesthetic, “This is an organic, coastal home with a soft, contemporary, global appeal.” The architectural design crafts the movement of light within the spaces. Light and air illuminate the home via fifty-six windows and floor-to-ceiling sliders.

A cloud or flex room spans the entire fourth level. The generously proportioned haven in the sky presents uninterrupted, panoramic views to east and south. The adjoining terrace gives access to the sundeck above, with its incomparable 360-degree views of the back bay water to the north, south, and east, and the Gulf to the west.

State-of-the-art cosmetic and functional features of the home include impact doors and windows, intricate hardwood and tile flooring, bespoke cabinetry, and elevator access to all levels.

Stately palms and varietals frame the home which stands at the end of a concrete paver driveway lined with free-form beds of native Florida plantings. Extensive water protection requirements mandated by the State of Florida were seamlessly incorporated into the water management system designed by J.R. Evans Engineering. The stained mahogany front door, with wide glass sidelight, and rectangular transoms bring the front garden inside. Smooth stucco walls in two-toned Benjamin Moore Bennington and Nantucket Gray are offset by Glacier White decorative trim.


The foyer floor is a wood-look porcelain in an intricate parquet-like pattern of multi-colored squares within squares. The neutral color-wash on the walls and mouldings provides a perfect backdrop for dramatic accessories. A discreet staircase of red oak stained to match the flooring, complemented with parallel mouldings along the wall, leads to the main living area. The ambience is that of eclectic, modern simplicity — dramatic and unique. Shown are a layered chandelier by Mr. Brown, multi-colored metal-dipped wood sculptures from Philipps Collection, a Vanguard console anchoring coastal horizon art by Left Bank, and bronze iron sconces with textured linen half shades by Arteriors.


The second-floor great room has an African tribal vibe. Reclaimed woods, metals, glass, and stone combine with neutral upholstery and rugs that pop with emerald and copper. These hues repeat in the decorations and abstract paintings. The main wall is clad in a stamped porcelain wood plank tile framing a large horizontal art piece on a lift that rises to enable viewing and lowers to mask the TV.


Samsung Imperial Gray granite defines the kitchen perimeter and bar with custom, ergonomically designed wood, and metal barstools. The warm gray tone of the Elmwood cabinetry by Design Works Cabinetry is echoed in the mica-flecked countertops. The reflective, hexagonal glass mosaic backsplash has an iridescent multi-toned color scheme of sage, brass, charcoal and copper.


Bay windows top a 6-seat custom built-in radius banquette, mirrored by the elliptical curve of the Julian Chichester glass-topped table with hammered steel hour-glass base. Hardy fabrics in mixed rustic tribal prints burst with tones of saffron, emerald, and copper. Two Vanguard chairs in natural linen fabric with fine emerald stripes are finished with warm grey-toned legs with oversized nail-head detail. Seven aqua hand-blown glass pendant lights from SkLO finish the look.


The fourth-floor cloud room is multipurpose and completely open to the 360-degree views. The ceiling grid design — a suspended stained wood detail — immediately draws the eye upward. A chrome-based reclaimed wood Artesia cocktail table anchors the Loloi folklore rug, surrounded by an eclectic seating collection – a Bernhardt sofa and faux tusk chair, coconut shell ottomans by Jo-Liza International, and two Vanguard chairs. The burl wood desk is paired with a cobalt blue lattice-backed captain’s chair. Blues, greens, sands, and creams bring in the Gulf and the backwater bay waters, mangroves, and beaches.


The owner’s retreat is comprised of the luxurious bedroom, spa bath, and designer closet by Custom Closets and More. The bedroom is simply furnished with assorted pieces from Century and Vanguard. The emphasis on subtle colors is continued in cool greys, shadows, dove white paint, and soft furnishings. White wood trim on windows is repeated on the overhead wood beam layout. Charcoal, soft greys, blush ombre, and warm linen in the rug, drapery, bed linens and upholstery form the color palate for this restful sanctuary.


The neutral color palate with dusty rose and charcoal accents flows seamlessly into the bath with vaulted ceiling. A wall-to-wall Cold Springs granite-topped counter incorporates dual vanities and tall vertical mirrors with inset sides. These balance Murano glass sconces, crisp neutral cabinetry, shelving, and sparkling hardware. A custom cornice with brass accent beaded trim and inset detail surmounts the large picture window. The freestanding acrylic bathtub sits under a whitewashed, wood-beaded chandelier with abstract coral design suspended from painted beams similar to the master.


The outdoor lanai, floored in wood-look tile, is enclosed by full-sized windows and electric hurricane shutters. A wall-mounted TV sits atop the gas fireplace with a decorative mosaic tile surround. A carved alligator bench-stand adds a touch of Florida whimsy. Soft furnishings in sand and stone tones are highlighted in orange, sage green, and copper that echo in the corner fountains and tile work. The gas heated, second story vanishing edge pool designed by Jackson Pools is finished with Pebble Tec by Siesta Pebble. The adjacent spa incorporates three waterfall scuppers fixed to a raised planter-wall, providing the sounds of flowing water and an element of privacy.

This home was offered by Barry DeNicola Realty.

Written by Bina Joseph

Photography by Lori Hamilton

Barry DeNicola Realty 4892 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239.947.6111

Collins & DuPont Design Group 8911 Brighton Lane Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.948.2400

Custom Closets & More 28400 Old 41 Road, Suite 9 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.948.0022

Design Studio by Raymond 990 1st Avenue North Naples, FL 34102 239.278.1334

Design Works 2082 Trade Center Way Naples, FL 34109 239.643.3023

J.R. Evans Engineering, P.A. 9351 Corkscrew Road, Suite 102 Estero, FL 33928 239.405.9148

Jackson Pools, Inc. 19910 South Tamiami Trail, Suite A Estero, FL 33928 239.495.6700

Potter Homes 809 Walkerbilt Road, Suite 4 Naples, FL 34110 239.254.9319

Siesta Pebble, Inc. 1126 SE 12th Court Cape Coral, FL 33990 239.567.1678


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