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Suncoast : Home Tour : Caribbean Grandeur

With its sophisticated symmetry, stately columns, traditional railings, and soaring cathedral ceilings, “The Windward” model by Nutter Custom Construction at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch meets all the expectations of British West Indies –inspired design. The curb appeal is enhanced by the generous covered front entry porch. This luxurious 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 5,519 square-foot home features louvered shutters, dark wood beams, corbels, and a standing seam metal roof that are hallmarks of its popular island style.

“The Windward” was designed with a cleaner, more open feel, and “This is our version of a more contemporary West Indies design,” says T.J. Nutter of his company’s first model in Lakewood Ranch. “We wanted to do something different.”

Stepping into the great room, the eye is immediately drawn upward to the four sets of dark beams spanning the cathedral ceiling. Eight inches wide, the faux finished decorative beams accent the steep 6/12 pitch of the ceiling. A trio of mullioned windows pour light into the room, keeping the space open and airy. Shaker-style built-in cabinetry from Albrecht Cabinets emphasizes the clean lines of the home. In addition, another design element enters the picture, the x-mullion. The upper level cabinets of both the great room and the adjacent kitchen feature x-mullions, tying the rooms together. The pristine cabinetry and creamy tan walls pair perfectly to offset the dark floors.

This home’s 3,586 square feet of air-conditioned living area is thoughtfully arranged around the great room. A formal dining room and library flank the foyer. Both rooms have French doors opening onto the entry porch. The library’s bright white built-in shelving stands in brilliant contrast to the dark wood topping the built-in kneehole desk, drawers and cabinets. This play of light on dark is carried throughout the home, with wide, glossy white woodwork edging the American Hickory handscraped floors in Rustic Sienna from Brewer Carpet One.

The kitchen is outfitted with top-quality stainless steel Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Calacatta Cremo marble tops the maple-finished island, the cabinets flanking the range, and the butler’s cabinet nestled between the refrigerator and separate freezer. Easy-to-clean custom glass forms the kitchen backsplash. The breakfast nook is tucked into a corner of the kitchen that opens to the outdoor living area by way of two pocketed sliding doors.

This home differentiates itself in the master suite as well, where Nutter’s favorite feature is the indoor/outdoor shower. “I’m a local Florida guy, and I really like the idea of bringing the outdoors indoors,” he explains. He does this through the master bath shower, a limestone enclosure that opens to a walled privacy Courtyard through a sliding glass door. Double showerheads and a marble-topped shower seat are both luxurious and convenient. The courtyard shower also features double showerheads. A cedar trellis tops the Courtyard and a locking wooden door offers direct access to the side yard. There is also a separate door from the courtyard to the master bath.

Trent Culleny Landscape has successfully extended the West Indies feel to the outside of the home, focusing on tropical foliage that whispers “island style” with every breeze.

The pool is one of those features that help to differentiate “The Windward.” Visible from the entry through the spacious great room, the side-loading pool is 28 feet long. Pocketed sliding glass doors open the great room to a pergola lanai shaded by rough sawn cedar beams, providing the perfect transition from indoor to outdoor living. Steps lead down into a semi-circular sunken seating area that surrounds a fire pit built into one end of the pool. Opposite the cozy seating area, a granite-topped, swim-up pool bar with five sunken bar stools encircles the other half of the fire pit. Nutter helped influence the design executed by Pool Design Concepts. A gas-heated spa with a granite spillway crowns the far end.

The summer kitchen and covered veranda continue the gracious outdoor living concept. Top of the line Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are tucked under the Blue Pearl granite countertops in the summer kitchen. Cedar cabinets in the kitchen area and faux ceiling beams set into the veranda’s 1’ stepped ceiling are painted to match the Pergola. Shell stone pavers used extensively in the outdoor areas seamlessly blend the functional sections into a visually expansive living space.

But “The Windward” is more than just a beautiful custom home. It is Green Built Certified. A second-generation Sarasota native, Nutter is also a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professional, accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute of the National Home Builders Association. Nutter combined his commitment to the environment and responsible construction with his never-ending quest to improve quality and customer service and his desire to build something unique and attainable. He has done both with this stunning home.

Lakewood Ranch is the 17,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 18,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, the Ancient Oak Gun Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit

Written by Ginny Cooper Photography by Giovanni Photography

Nutter Custom Construction 741 S. Orange Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 941.924.1868

Albrecht Cabinets 1350 Global Court Sarasota, FL 34240 941.377.7755

Pool Design Concepts 7353 International Plaza, Unit 304 Sarasota, FL 34240 941.920.8185

Trent Culleny Landscape 7150 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34241 941.927.3902

Brewer Carpet One 1696 North Lime Ave. Sarasota, Fl 34237 941.730.2862

Lakewood Ranch Information Center 6220 University Parkway Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941.907.6000


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