A unique lot dictates creative design
There is nothing typical about this beautiful home, one of the latest additions to the established boating community of Palmetto Point in Fort Myers. Residential designer Dan Sater of Sater Design Collection was faced with interesting challenges from the moment he saw the lot.
“The home would look onto two different deep-water canals and the land itself, on a cul-de-sac, curves around,” recalls Sater. “The owners made clear that the panoramic water views at the back of the property were the priority, so I designed curved windows. I also set the home back, as on an estate, making the revelation of the home itself a bit of a mystery as you drive up the curving driveway.”
The family explained to builder Don Koogler that they were just fine with their home being different from the more traditional homes in the neighborhood. They wanted a contemporary residence, but one that had a softer edge and unique details. They couldn’t have picked a better builder for those specifications.
“We are famous for our attention to detail. We shine at creating interior fine points like gorgeous ceilings and exteriors that truly provide that ‘wow’ factor—such as the stacked stone on this home’s exterior,” says Koogler. “The homeowners are thrilled and we are justifiably very proud of our work on this home.”
The owners toured many homes and models to find an interior look they loved. After identifying several they admired, all coincidentally done by the team of Charlie Hansen and Rebekah Errett-Pikosky of Clive Daniel Home, their decision was made.
“Though we work as a team,” says Hansen, “we are able to bring different design aesthetics to the project, so we added the softness, but still with a bit of an edge.”
“The client wanted the home to be elegant with organic and clean lines,” explains Errett-Pikosky adding, “Clive Daniel Home is one of the easiest firms to deal with from the standpoint of one-stop shopping. Since we do everything from wallpaper to furniture delivery to cabinetry, our clients can fly into town and make all their decisions at once,” Errett-Pikosky explains. υ
Hansen continues, “And since we listen so carefully, our clients can drive the design and leave the details to us. Here, together, we made a great house.”
A two-story iron front door, flanked by stacked-stone columns crafted by KCI Architectural Elements, adds drama to the entryway of this contemporary home, as do the diverse rooflines. Two air-conditioned garages provide parking for a quartet of vehicles off the paver motor court, reached via a curving driveway. Tropical landscaping follows the curves of the property and softens angular edges.
The light of the swirling Corbett chandelier from Lighting First is reflected in the custom bronze and gold carved mirror. Calcite-topped pedestal tables by Port 68 hold mother-of-pearl vases topped in metal, echoing the gold-leaf textured wallpaper by Jeffrey Michaels. A chocolate sable marble insert points the way to the great room where a substantial lighting element was needed; the designers chose a brass Arteriors starburst chandelier.
The owner designed the iron adorning the front door, the curves of which complement the maple barrel-tile ceiling. Two EJ Victor sofas in a neutral tweed hold custom accent pillows by Clive Daniel Home. Twin Burton James square ottomans are upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils Lightning Bolt fabric. The Swaim fused-glass cocktail table has hand-painted sides. Floating lighted walnut shelves are on either side of the stacked-stone wall by KCI Architectural Elements, encasing the linear Monessen gas fireplace. The floor is hand scraped white oak with a custom Bokhara rug delineating the seating area.
Silver drum pendants suspended from the coffered ceiling are from Worlds Away and light this expansive chef’s kitchen. Countertops of Taj Mahal granite top the two kitchen islands and a suite of Sub-Zero appliances make easy work of entertaining. Guests may be seated at the Wesley Hall Wisteria white leather stools. The flooring is chiseled-edge Diana Royal brushed marble. Glimpsed beyond is the dining room featuring 10 high-backed chairs by Adriana Hoyos surrounding a boat-shaped Marge Carson glass-topped table designed to follow the room’s curve. The crystal chandelier is Hudson Valley from Lighting First.
Stacked-stone columns and marble inserts in the wood flooring lead the eye down this gallery hallway, decorated with custom art from by Rosenbaum Fine Art. A Vanguard bench, designed to fit into the window opening, is covered in fabric of sage green with hints of chocolate. The Baker credenza is in burl ash with gold accents. Above it hangs an Arteriors round mirror. The artwork at the end of the hall is highlighted by two Corbett glass sconces.
MTI Baths Elise tub with stand-alone faucet by Rohl, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, holds pride of place in front of the large master bath widows framing an ancient banyan tree. Honed stone bands the window and continues onto the floor, walls, and built-in shelves.
Twin sinks with stainless Rohl fixtures flank a built-in vanity table, with a Lucite stool sporting a metallic cushion by John-Richard. White cabinetry features brushed nickel hardware. Tall mirrors are lit by crystal Hudson Valley Lighting sconces.
The custom curved-glass windows give a full spectrum water view from this elegant master bedroom. A Fine Art bronze and smoked glass chandelier, suspended from an ornate maple tongue-and-groove ceiling, overlooks a seating area featuring two high backed Adriana Hoyos chairs and a Vanguard settee in warm sable. The Hickory White bed has a tufted head and frame upholstered in softly shining cotton with the silk coverlet, linens and pillows custom made of Kravet fabric. Fine Art pendants in brushed metal and studio glass flank the bed; at the foot is a Vanguard bench upholstered in metallic Baker fabric. Adriana Hoyos nightstands feature banded wood with a champagne finish and Crema Marfil stone tops. The Metallic Starlight painted custom console by Old Biscayne Designs cleverly conceals a television. The custom wool and silk rug in inky blue and sable is by Clive Daniel Home.
An outdoor fireplace of stacked stone is highlighted by six Hinkley bronze cube lights. A stained wooden mantle supports the television. Oxidized-copper Tav tile by Ruben Sorhegui Tile comprises the surround for the Empire fireplace. Rattan recliners, the owners’ own, are upholstered in patterned Sunbrella fabric and rest on a floor of white shell stone.
This show-stopping powder bath features tile of gray and green stones mixed with metallics. The burnished-bronze mirror is by Made Goods. A Native Trails hammered-copper sink, inset in the marble counter atop espresso cabinets, has bronze fixtures by Brizo. Bubble seeded glass pendants are by WAC Lighting.
The rear elevation showcases the home’s curved windows and unique aspect, making it possible to have water views from most of the rooms. A shell stone deck hosts the round spa and abstract pool, the shapes of which also reflect the non-linear lines of the site. The pool is a zero-edge infinity pool with a trough that drops the water 40 feet out of sight of the house.
Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Blaine Johnathan
Aerial Photography by Rosebudz Productions
Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
38 Goodlette-Frank Road S.
Naples, FL 34102
KCI Architectural Elements
3700 Mercantile Ave.
Naples, FL 34104
28001 South Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Ruben Sorhegui Tile
3876 Mercantile Ave
Naples, FL 34104
Sater Design Collection
25241 Elementary Way, Suite 102
Bonita Springs, FL 34135