Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Casa Capistrano

High-end touches, incredible attention to detail, and unique visual flourishes ensure Quail West’s Capistrano model home as distinctly unique. A result of the collaborative work of builder Diamond Custom Homes, Stofft Cooney Architects and Pacifica Interior Design, this Quail West home is characterized by a consistency of design, both inside and out, that is unparalleled among Naples’ model homes. Repeating arches in the entryway and windows, along with a Spanish tile roof and a contrast between simple pale walls and their dark accents, gives a winning edge to Pacifica Interiors in this 2014 Aurora Award-winning home for interior merchandising, a distinctively new Californian mission transitional style.

“One of the main focuses was to make sure this house reads much larger than it actually is,” comments architect John Cooney, Partner at Stofft Cooney Architects. “We were trying to achieve a design that has a strong curb appeal and street presence and, once inside, feels bigger than its square footage.”

The curb appeal is further ensured through the expertise of landscape architect Christian Andrea, Principal of Architectural Land Design. “This project utilized elegance and simplicity as its theme,” explains Andrea. “Instead of the conventional landscape design where bends meander throughout the property, we chose to use hard lines and crisp angles to create an architecturally influenced planting design, favoring open lawn areas to accentuate vistas and use landscape as an extension of the architecture.”

“There’s some incredible workmanship in this house, particularly in the woodwork,” states Mike Diamond of Diamond Custom Homes. “The incredible Cypress King post trusses—four of them in the great room—are spectacular.” Diamond further points out that the design features a great room, framed by French doors in the rear and fixed panel French doors facing the front, each with arched transoms, to bring in a tremendous amount of natural light into the home. “From the cabinets, to the flooring, to the woodwork, I think that the result truly showcases the talent that everyone brought to the project,” comments Diamond.

“Capistrano reflects the market’s desire for fresh architectural designs that offer a more comfortable sense of luxury,” notes Claudine Léger-Wetzel, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Stock Development. “The home’s Mission style architecture establishes a comfort level that is then reinforced inside through the use of beamed ceiling details and five pairs of French doors leading to the outdoor living area. All of the luxurious features one would expect – tall ceilings, a wet bar, an elegant parlor, a spacious great room, fine wood details, a beautiful outdoor living area – are included, and they are presented in a way that is inviting rather than pretentious. Homebuyers appreciate that combination of luxury and engagement,” conveys Léger-Wetzel.

The inviting Spanish mission-inspired exterior, including the arches, is constructed entirely of poured concrete, an architectural touch that sets the home apart from many in the region, explains Diamond. “It is a better quality construction and more easily maintained within our challenging climate of heat, humidity, and rain.”

“To create perfect harmony between architecture and interiors, the team at Pacifica Interior Design mixed refined colors, multiplied textures, and added an abundance of well-crafted furnishings. These elements, together with raised molding details in many of the spaces, the home achieves a timeless, classical feel,” notes Lusia “Lou” Shafran, CEO of Pacifica. The home’s grand entryway encompassing large cased mirrors with customized console table and sculpture pedestal, leads to a unique and welcoming feature among Florida homes, a sitting parlor for guests. “If you have guests over, the parlor is the first stop for cocktails,” notes Mark Vanagas, also a Senior Designer at Pacifica Interior Design. The furnishings in the parlor are comfortably detailed with a white sofa, two accent chairs and antiqued glass coffee table. Custom artwork, including a nude canvas is surrounded by antique book faces of classic mythological subjects, and embellished with touches of emerald green creating a striking display.  The two doorways flanking the parlor that lead to the master suite and great room have been highlighted with LED lighting for a dramatic effect.

The expansive kitchen has custom-built white cabinetry and sleek linear door and drawer pulls. “We wanted to design a kitchen that the owners would enjoy forever, one embracing practical sophistication,” notes Shafran. “With that in mind, the Pacifica Team selected a refined door style for the kitchen cabinetry, as well as dual islands for multiple functions allowing for additional versatility,” remarks Shafran.

The front entertaining island, perfect for serving hors d’oeuvres or breakfast, is crafted of dark wood with a granite “saddle.” Serving as the primary working space, the secondary culinary island rests upon white cabinetry that matches the remainder of the kitchen and houses both the sink and dishwasher. Behind the Wolf gas range and hood, a backsplash of white onyx mosaic tile adds dazzle. Top-of-the-line kitchen fixtures and appliances, provided by Florida Builder Appliances, include Kohler fixtures and dual Subzero refrigerators, completing the kitchen in both efficiency and style.

The Californian influence—Shafran, a transplant from California—is truly expressed in the home’s massive great room. With an A-frame ceiling supported by giant dark wood beams, the space is a combination of the traditional family and formal dining rooms, easily flowing directly from the kitchen and parlor. The room features the comforts of a white sectional sofa, custom leather chairs with lamb-fur pillows, and an oversized custom ottoman that acts as a coffee table. Two large ring-shaped chandeliers from Ralph Lauren Home and a series of tall iron wall sconces further supplement the Spanish mission style.

A hallway off of the breakfast nook leads to the guest wing of the home, including three guest bedroom suites, each with its own unique design theme. The suite seen here has a crisp, contemporary garden theme. White bone-inlaid consoles serve as night stands, framing a deep brown wooden sleigh bed. Below each stand sits a chrome and black leather x-shaped stool topped by a green silk cushion. Lighting comes from branch-shaped chrome wall sconces.

Through a set of double doors lies the master bedroom, with subdued furnishings for a calming mood. The walls are accentuated with raised molding and paneling, custom designed to coordinate with the sides of the bed and the night stands. Resting on the dark wood floor is an area rug featuring an interlocking ring pattern. The dark wood bed frame is upholstered in a beige velvet fabric. At the front of the bed is a custom upholstered bench whose pattern is repeated on the custom bed pillows. An Asian statuette on a night stand along with a contemporary piece of art over the bed brings a contemplative element to the space. Elegant glass trumpet lamps illuminate the space.

Naples Shutter created custom plantation shutters that span the nearly floor-to-ceiling openings on many of the bedroom windows. The shutters feature 3½ inch louvers and mid-rails, which allow the upper louvers to remain open for lighting while the lower louvers can be closed for privacy. “Painting the shutters the exact color of the window casings allows them to blend seamlessly with the rest of the space,” describes Brian Trecek, Vice President of Naples Shutter.

The home’s outdoor living area was designed to inspire the feeling of a Palm Beach luxury hotel. The space can be accessed from doors in the great room, breakfast nook and a door in the master wing, which provides access near the spa. The covered spaces have automated hidden mosquito screens to allow outdoor entertaining throughout the year. The space also has a wraparound bar with a gas grill, refrigerator, and a stone and glass outdoor dining table with seating for six.

The pool itself is designed with simple crisp lines. Four planter boxes housing solitary palm trees frame the space. The waterline tile features a small mosaic pattern that alternates pieces of clear, mirrored, and frosted which sparkles, creating an almost jewelry-like quality.

“We wanted to use lighter, brighter, and cleaner lines than what has been done in Naples in a long time,” acknowledges the team at Pacifica. “Overall we wanted to get a little bit of a California feel.” Mission accomplished.

Written by Daniel Kline

Architectural Land Design, Inc.
2780 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34104

Diamond Custom Homes
6646 Willow Park Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34109

Florida Builder Appliances
27180 Bay Landing Drive, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Naples Shutter
1025 Power Street
Naples, FL 34104

Pacifica Interior Design
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 130
Naples, FL 34109

Stock Development
2647 Professional Circle, Suite 1201
Naples, FL 34119

Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102

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