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Tropical Elegance

Builder Randy Kurtz considers it the highest compliment when he works with a repeat client. “At the founding of Kurtz Homes 36 years ago, my father and I made a decision to remain a low-volume builder so we could always maintain a high level of involvement in each project,” says Kurtz, president of Kurtz Homes. “Bearing that in mind, I am able to accept only a limited number of clients at any given time and am always happy to work with a past customer.”

Prior to breaking ground on this five-bedroom, five full- and two-half-bath Port Royal residence, Kurtz Homes built a house for the same clients 14 years ago — just a few blocks away.

Kurtz continues, “We already know the dynamic of how we will work together. Working with repeat clients on a new home usually means that they want their home to reflect a new season or stage of life and we are honored to be a part of that.”

This project saw some other reunions as well. “The client used the same interior designer — Nancy Ruzicka — as on his last home and, of course, we’ve worked with the architectural firm — Stofft Cooney Architects — before,” Kurtz continues. “We approached this project as a team, and knowing how each other works is very helpful. We are very good at sharing ideas.”

Such synchronicity makes for a satisfied client, according to Kurtz. “The homeowners were very happy with this home,” Kurtz says. “Hopefully, when they want a new house in a dozen years or so, we’ll build that one, too.”

For this residence, the homeowners definitely wanted a tropical design, but different from the typical West Indies-style seen so often in Southwest Florida. “They wanted a twist,” says Partner of Stofft Cooney Architects, John Cooney. “So, to differentiate their home from any other and offer some unique architectural details, we went with a very authentic design, including a cedar shake roof and real mahogany detailing, which you rarely see anymore because of the maintenance required.”

The solid mahogany-framed Tischler und Sohn windows from Germany open either as a regular window or may be angled to open like a door. The garage door is also solid mahogany and the roof is of a certain species of cedar shake that moves, curls, and cups a bit, adding charm over time.

“Impeccable teamwork and a client who was committed to doing this level of architecture came together to create a truly spectacular home,” Cooney says.

The home may not be the largest in the Port Royal neighborhood, but it is one of the most exquisitely detailed. It is situated on the end of a cul de sac on a pie-shaped lot, with the widest part facing the water. Spectacular views of Naples Bay can be enjoyed from all main living areas.

The entryway includes a truly show-stopping feature — a pavilion where visitors cross a bridge. “It’s like crossing a tranquil creek in order to enter the house,” says Cooney, who had the bridge and the pieces for all the architectural details built and cut on-site by true craftsmen to his design specifications.

“The framing crew was very detailed,” explains Cooney. “They created the stained cypress ceilings, and all the kiln-dried and painted wood brackets. I had mahogany louvers made to fit the tropical architecture. It is the authentic details that separate this stunning home from any other.”

The outdoor living area glows like a jewel in the night, warmly lit from within the house, and by iron-and-glass sconces outside. A geometric pattern created by turf and honed Turkish shellstone pavers surround the beautiful pool. Tropical landscaping designed by landscape architect Kobe Kirwin is interspersed to create a surrounding green space.

Crown moulding, mahogany beams, and a trio of wood-framed Tischler und Sohn clerestory windows, accent the height of the vaulted ceiling in the expansive great room. A wall of glass doors frames the long view over the pool and across Naples Bay.

This impressive stairway by Florida Stairworks & Carpentry features treads and newel posts of hand-rubbed mahogany with an Art Deco-inspired wrought iron railing. Overlooking a floor inlaid with Calacatta marble and wood in a geometric pattern, this entryway makes a striking statement.

Rich African mahogany sets the tone for this elegant kitchen. Cabinetry from AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry includes glass panels and rubbed brass pulls. The kitchen’s island is topped with Absolute Black honed granite and accented with a riveted brass strap. The perimeter countertops are Taj Mahal Leathered Quartzite, and the statement brass hood lords it over a Sub-Zero range. The undermount sink and Newport Brass faucet are from Ferguson, Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Tucked into a corner bordered by floor-to-ceiling mahogany-framed windows, the dining room invites intimate conversation around a delightful Sweetgrass Designs floral arrangement. A stone-topped table seats six at upholstered high-back chairs in a Spanish medallion-like print of brown, pale blue, and rose.

The knotty alder used in the study’s custom-built credenza by AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry and wall cladding introduces a lighter wood finish to the home. A matching desk and leather chair provides a dedicated workspace, while a seating area allows clients and friends to engage in conversation comfortably.

Topped with Bianco Neve marble, the countertop hosts a Kohler Memoirs undermount sink and brass fixture from Newport Brass. Brushed brass Seaton Storm sconces and hanging Littleton lanterns light the scene. A marble mosaic floor inlay mimics a rug next to the freestanding Balmoral Tub by Cheviot with standing fixtures by ROHL.

Designed by John Cooney and his colleague Jake Irwin, a majestic cypress tongue-and-groove ceiling highlighted by painted box beams draws the eye upward, while large glass windows with transoms bring an abundance of light into the master bedroom.

A teakwood seating group by Brown Jordan has marine blue Sunbrella cushions with blue-fringed pillows adding color to this outdoor living area. The iron-and-glass Charleston pendant and palm fan hang from a bamboo-and-cypress beam vaulted ceiling. Motorized shutters by Castle Services of SWFL stand ready for inclement weather, but while the sun shines, chaises by the free-form pool offer perfect perches for sunbathing.

The guest bedrooms and hallways exude traditional tropical style, with four-poster beds and barrel ceilings. Entertaining is easy inside or out, with a full service wet bar, complete with a professional sink and a Newport Brass faucet from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Teakwood café tables give visitors a chance to chat with the chef as he mans the grill at this sleek outdoor kitchen, also fit with AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry.

This five-bedroom, five full- and four-half-bath home boasts a true cedar shake roof and rich mahogany elements to create a distinct West Indies-inspired look. White Turkish stone pavers and Mexican beach rock surround the pavilion’s water feature and hand-hewn wood details cut by artisans on-site lend authenticity and charm to the home’s front entry, accessed by a bridge of Cooney’s design.

Written by Kitt Walsh

Photography by CJ Walker


Stofft Cooney Architects

111 10th Street South, Suite 308

Naples, FL 34102


Luxury Home Builder

Kurtz Homes Naples

111 10th Street South, Suite 304

Naples, FL 34102



AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design

111 10th Street South, Suite 300

Naples, FL 34102


Castle Services of SWFL

3963 Enterprise Avenue

Naples, FL 34104


Builders Glass of Bonita

24181 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 4

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Design Studio by Raymond

990 1st Avenue North

Naples, FL 34102


Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

38 Goodlette-Frank Road South

Naples, FL 34102


Florida Stairworks & Carpentry

7800 Drew Circle, Suite 15

Fort Myers, FL 33967


Sweetgrass Designs

1719 Trade Center Way, Suite 8

Naples, FL 34109


The Closet Company

271 Commercial Boulevard

Naples, FL 34104



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