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Relaxing Haven

“Home,” was much on the mind of builder John McGarvey, president of McGarvey Custom Homes, when he conceived this all en-suite four-bedroom residence with 5,665 square feet under air in Quail West.

“Naturally, it has the curb appeal and wow factor that everyone has come to expect from a McGarvey home,” says McGarvey Custom Homes salesperson John Zagar. “There is a knock-out view right across the 18th green of the championship golf course and sparkling lake, and the house takes advantage of its location on a great lot.”

But the idea of a “home” as opposed to a “house” was what McGarvey concentrated on, and in doing so, he walked a mile in the future homeowner’s shoes.

“I wanted the home to be a place where you could feel comfortable in a pair of sweatpants or a tuxedo, where the owners could host a fantastic cocktail party around the pool, or gather the family for a memory-making Christmas dinner,” McGarvey says.

Part of McGarvey’s plans for this house, or rather a family’s future residence, was for it to be a one-story home. “It is a perfect house for aging in place with never the need for an elevator,” he says.

The task of designing such a happy haven fell to residential designer Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, who found the project predictably challenge-free.

“I’ve worked with McGarvey Custom Homes on dozens of projects over more than 20 years, and I know John’s aesthetic,” says Guzman. “I also know that John is forward-thinking and allows me to create interesting designs, with details like curved windows or larger spans of glass or ceiling — options that other builders might consider too expensive. McGarvey always allows me to be ahead of the game and that freedom always benefits the project.”

Landscape architect Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design also always enjoys projects he does with McGarvey. “John always gives me free rein to follow my inspiration, accentuate the architecture, and add quality to the project,” says Andrea. “By raising the elevation, the home has enhanced views of the golf course.”

Andrea particularly enjoyed working with the expansive lot, a norm for the Quail West community. For this home, he was able to utilize the space for elements like the side courtyard garden. “The success of a project always comes down to personalities,” Andrea continues. “I am grateful I get to work with such talented professionals who allow me to take ideas from the clients and then work with them to create the best design solutions.”

Interior designer Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors also has a long-standing relationship with McGarvey, and since she’s “on his wavelength,” he often shares his vision with her before giving her creative freedom for a project’s interior design.

McDaniel followed McGarvey’s suit and imagined herself in the home, focusing on what elements would make her the most relaxed. “I used lots of texture and warm colors to make the space intimate and welcoming,” McDaniel says.

To complement Guzman’s design, which incorporates an abundance of windows, McDaniel selected calming colors of nature for the interior palette. “The design became all about comfort in my mind, and as ever working with the McGarvey team, it was a wonderful experience. Together we created not just a house, but a true home,” McDaniel concludes.

The home has a side-entry garage with a winding drive designed by landscape architect Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. The charcoal roof and ivory stucco front help define what designer McDaniel calls a soft contemporary tone for this open concept home. A stained mahogany and metal front door from New Era Doors is flanked with storefront-style windows by Andersen Windows. Light gray and charcoal pavers lead to the front walkway featuring a rain barrel vertical pot bubbling into a reflecting pool.

Interior designer Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors, who says she was “born to design ceilings,” created an inverted ceiling with backlit beams, which casts a beautiful glow above the family room, dining room, and kitchen.

McDaniel worked with Kitchens by Clay to duplicate a two-toned open shelving concept she saw in a trade publication. Here, she was inspired to incorporate white tones used throughout the home alongside a weathered gray finish on the kitchen cabinets. The waterfall-edge island has Jessica Charles barstools with a dark putty wood finish — which McDaniel cleverly chose to coordinate with the landscaping just outside the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sub-Zero appliances are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

The dining room’s custom credenza built by Southlinks Custom Cabinetry is outfitted with two Sub-Zero wine refrigerators, and is both a mini wine room and a convenient buffet. An oversized silver-trimmed mirror of white wood from Made Goods serves as the focal point and reflects the natural light from the lanai. McDaniel chose an Arteriors chandelier with glass globes to illuminate the Bernhardt dining table and seating for eight.

An alternative view of the great room shows why McGarvey is not afraid to say, “This home is so comfortable, I’d move right in.” A tweed and chenille clad Burton James sofa and four Century chairs invite intimate conversation around the gas fireplace, which is inset into a custom built-in by Southlinks Custom Cabinets, a division of McGarvey Custom Homes. The pillow’s ROMO fabric of gray, sage green, slate blue, and plum formed the basis for the entire home’s natural color palette.

ROMO draperies in powder blue cotton frame the view in the master bedroom. A Hickory White bed, with tufted headboard and footboard, is dressed in cotton linen bedding from Wildcat Territory. In the reading alcove, a Theodore Alexander chaise has upholstery with silver threads reflecting the light on the crystal and chrome pendant light by Wilson Lighting. McDaniel completed the room’s look with a contemporary camouflage rug in pale blue, taupe, and chocolate tones.

Kitchens by Clay created the vanity cabinetry and floating shelves, set on a Phillip Jeffries textured wallcovering in striated blues, grays, and creams. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there’s a window inset above the vanity mirror, so natural light enters the bathroom from above as well as through the wall of windows outside of the spacious walk-through shower. The Andreas freestanding tub from Ferguson, Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery sits behind two tile “rugs” that mimic the herringbone pattern also shown on the shower’s niches.

This minimalist master bath looks out over a private courtyard garden. To avoid obstructing that beautiful view, residential designer Rich Guzman designed the space with niches to contain the shower’s ROHL wall-mounted fixtures from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Two Starburst pendants illuminate the perfectly symmetrical room.

In this large study, McDaniel made use of the extra room to design a space with more than one purpose. Using a narrow white-painted maple desk from Old Biscayne Designs, the designer was able to place a fully upholstered daybed against the desk – a perfect place to lounge between working. When business calls, a Hancock and Moore desk chair provides comfort, and a custom built-in with floating shelves by Southlinks Custom Cabinets offers plenty of storage options.

Landscape architect Christian Andrea created a courtyard, located just off the guest room corridor, to be an afternoon patio where one can escape the noisy pool area, read a book, or watch the sunset. Stepping stones laid amidst the turf creates what Andrea calls a “river of stones.” Groupings of tropical plants like Christmas oak and confederate jasmine fill the courtyard and a vine climbs the wall to complete the perfect secret garden vibe.

Underneath an inverted and backlit cypress tongue-and-groove ceiling, the outdoor living area’s focal point is a fantastic polished porcelain-clad fireplace with a 60-inch linear fire box. Atop silver travertine natural stone flooring, the seating area features chairs and a sofa in dark woven rattan with Sunbrella fabric. The outdoor kitchen has a Wolf grill from Ferguson, Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Written by Kitt Walsh

Photography by Blaine Johnathan

Residential Designer

R.G. Designs

28071 Vanderbilt Drive

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Luxury Home Builder

McGarvey Custom Homes

12752 Trade Way Drive, #1

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Interior Designer

Freestyle Interiors

3525 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 105

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Landscape Architect

Architectural Land Design

2780 South Horseshoe Dr, Unit 5

Naples, FL 34104



Andersen Windows & Doors

100 4th Avenue

Bayport, MN 55003


Castle Services of SWFL

3963 Enterprise Avenue

Naples, FL 34104


Design Studio by Raymond

990 1st Avenue North

Naples, FL 34102


Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

38 Goodlette-Frank Road South

Naples, FL 34102


Kitchens by Clay

7935 Airport Road, Suite 5

Naples, FL 34109


Lighting First

28001 South Tamiami Trail

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Wilson Lighting

2465 Trade Center Way

Naples, FL 34109


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