Coastal Contemporary : Breaking Away From Tuscan Traditions

Tucked away in the perfectly manicured, private community of The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch, the Leeward model brings a coastal contemporary feel to this otherwise Tuscan-inspired area. The Lake Club prides itself on offering custom luxury homes and the Leeward embodies their commitment to excellence.

Upon first glance, the homes façade uses clean, straight lines and a neutral color palette to bring to life a classic design with a coastal edge. Lush palm trees flanking the driveway are used to form a grand oasis, making the home seem more like a resort.

The use of unique products throughout the home sets it apart from other options available on the market. “We attempted to use some cutting edge finishes that I haven’t seen used in this way before” says TJ Nutter of Nutter Custom Construction. An diamond polished epoxy terrazzo flooring which flows through the main areas of the home is one product in particular that Nutter is excited to showcase. While not new to the market, this is a product that has not been used as much in recent years, and Nutter notes it as one of his favorite parts of the design. “We tried to doing something different. Stepping outside of the box and putting together a different product the market hasn’t seen before.”

Teamwork is an integral part of this project and working alongside Nutter Custom Construction is one of the things Jill Cotton of Soco Interiors enjoyed most about this particular design. Along with assisting in the material selection process, Cotton’s team provided all the stylish furnishings used in the model. The living room uses a mixture of textures along with a relaxed color palette to form a space that is elegant but inviting. Wood frame accent chairs compliment a comfortable sofa while a stone cocktail table brings a natural element to the space. “We also commissioned an original piece of art for the feature wall in the great room” explains Cotton. “The combination of wonderful materials and striking furnishings give this model a current and comfortable vibe.” Custom painted beams in the ceiling finish off the room, and the beautiful fireplace and built in bookcase add warmth.

Dark wood tones combined with painted cabinets give this kitchen a cozy feel. The kitchen island in particular features an Opal White Quartzite, a product Mike Beasley with Distinctive Surfaces of Florida says he is seeing a lot more of now. “We’ve gone away from the standard, typical color schemes that you see every day so a lot of these products are very unique” states Beasley. The appearance of innovative products is one of the things Beasley really prides himself on. “We’re not afraid to try new things or new products.”

The adjacent dining room features a glass enclosed custom wine room which creates a focal point area while still accentuating the views of the lake outside. Upholstered dining chairs surround a sleek double legged dining table nestled below an intricate cove ceiling, forming a sophisticated and lavish space.

The master suite, designed by Soco Interiors, features a tufted upholstered bed which adds softness to the room. The bed is flanked by carved and painted chests. Vaulted ceilings give the room a sense of grandeur while the contemporary light fixture draws your eye back into the space and finishes off the room. The master suite makes use of a monochromatic color scheme which creates a soothing atmosphere.

In the master bathroom, a blend of contemporary cabinetry in a mushroom color and the clear glass panel shower doors work together to create a fresh look. A suspended panel of aqua glass is used to provide privacy in the shower, while doubling as a piece of artwork. Light floors and walls add to the spa like fell of the home, as does the freestanding tub under the textured glass wall.

The introduction of a bold accent color in the family room gives this space a whimsical feel, while still embodying the coastal theme. Colorful artwork adds life to the space, while the sofa and its assortment of throw pillows create a welcoming area. Carved wood chairs add an unexpected dimension to the room and, along with the sisal rug and unconventional wall sculpture, brings texture into the space.

One element that can prove challenging in designing a home is carrying the same sophisticated feel of the interior into the outdoor living space. “A lot of times the most challenging thing is the material selections. Finding materials that create a smooth and natural transition from inside to outside can be difficult. We look for materials that are elegant and create that resort style feel,” explains Matt Russell of Pool Design Concepts, LLC. This resort-like area embodies a contemporary coastal feel, bringing together a combination of fire and water in an interesting way. The sunken fire pit is a surprising feature that creates a cozy sitting area while not distracting from the lake or pool views. Russell says “This is definitely a step above a normal pool and spa.” The pool is covered in Pebble Tec, a natural stone finish with an array of colors options, making it a great material when manipulating water color to suit a particular look.

Unconventional and forward-looking products play a crucial role in this model and work together to create a design that is truly unique. From the clean, contemporary lines of the exterior façade to the resort inspired outdoor living area, it is apparent that every aspect of this model was selected to complement one another and to enhance this overall coastal contemporary theme.


Written by LeeAnn Salvato

Photography by Jimmy White


Distinctive Surfaces of Florida
8272 Vico Court
Sarasota, FL 34240


Ferguson Bath, Kitchen
& Lighting Gallery
2451 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234


Lakewood Ranch Communities
14400 Covenant Way
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202


Nutter Custom Construction, LLC
201 Fletcher Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237


Pool Design Concepts, LLC
7359 International Place #206
Sarasota, FL 34240


Soco Interiors
1215 Louisiana Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789


Trent Culleny Landscape Contractor
7150 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34241


Weird Science Concrete
4023 Sawyer Road #150
Sarasota, FL 34233

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