It takes a special team to build something of lasting beauty in Sarasota’s sub-tropical climate. Residential designer Jon Coulthurst of JC Drafting & Design worked alongside builder Richard Rosenberg and interior designer Toni Vecchitto to craft a home of such enduring quality.
The materials used to build this five-bedroom, 4,473-square-foot home made all the difference. “To protect the house against the extremes of humidity, the exterior is sand-finished stucco applied over concrete. We also used cement-based HardieTrim, in place of wood. Even the porch columns are wrapped in synthetic wood-look Kleer,” says Rosenberg.
The only real wood used outside is the painted tongue-in-groove board on protected porch ceilings, and the front door, which is made of an African wood called Sapele that thrives in its native tropical climate. All other doors are of fiberglass.
Inside, however, the move is decidedly toward more natural materials. Floors are engineered Hickory in a distressed finish, and the kitchen and bathrooms are outfitted mostly in marble and quartz.
“The fireplace in the great room has a beautiful feature wall of a staggered marble brick,” says interior designer Vecchitto. “We added a custom wood mantle to it for softness and to layer in a warmer element.”
Throughout the house, ceiling finishes vary with respect to trim and detail. “The great room is defined by a two-piece linear cove ceiling,” says Rosenberg, when speaking of what he calls a “dramatic and elegant space,” with living, dining, and sitting areas. Most ceilings are custom-fit with recessed LED lights, as well as with striking contemporary light fixtures, all from and installed by LyteWorks.
Vecchitto designed the interior with a measured approach, picking a thoughtful palette of warm grays, which is neither too modern nor too traditional. “We were going for a transitional look,” she says. “We wanted the house to flow and feel up-to-date, yet be timeless. It has the right balance of warmth and coolness with respect to colors and materials.”
Furnishings are a mix of upholstered clean-lined neutral pieces, with some color and pattern layered largely through artwork and rugs. The brighter colors of blue and aqua are drawn in from the water outside.
“One striking architectural feature is the way in which the entire rear of the house opens out onto the expansive pool and lanai area via sliding-glass pocketing doors,” mentions Coulthurst, adding, “It creates a sense of lifestyle with the indoors and outdoors connected. The custom screened pool cage also keeps the entire backyard insect-and-debris-free, while almost doubling the square footage of the living area for entertaining.”
The enduring front façade has a lasting charm and appeal in the design and materials. The front door is fitted with hurricane impact glass. The cement tile roof has a double layer of waterproofing to survive the elements. The exterior paint is Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Grey on a sand-finished stucco over concrete exterior. The trim is Sherwin-Williams White Duck. Aged- bronze finished twin wall sconces from LyteWorks flank the durable Sapele African wood front door.
The foyer trim and wainscoting are Sherwin-Williams Dover White. Classic wood flooring is accented with a lattice-designed flat weave rug from Rugs as Art. The hutch, artwork, and aged-zinc 6-light chandelier are all from LyteWorks.
The great room seating area sofa, loveseat, and ottoman are upholstered in tufted microfiber with contrasting brushed-nickel nail-head trim. Pattern is introduced in a geometric rug from Rugs as Art. The light fixtures, including the blown-glass table lamp, are from LyteWorks, as is the ceiling fan finished in a brushed bronze. The staggered brick fireplace is marble.
The dining room, which is open to both foyer and kitchen, is defined by a deeper taupe Sherwin-Williams Mega Greige paint. A traditional chandelier from LyteWorks with a modern nickel finish hangs above a rectangular driftwood dining table with a carved wood scroll leg. Tufted linen dining chairs, art from LyteWorks, and an Ikat patterned rug from Rugs as Art complete the space.
The kitchen features shaker-style white cabinetry from Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts. Some cabinets reach up to 10-feet-high and are accented on the back wall by a marble subway tile. The dramatic waterfall island has a Taj Mahal quartzite top. Lighting is layered and tantamount in the kitchen, from recessed LED lights both above and beneath cabinets, to inside-cabinet fixtures in the upper cabinets, which have bubble-glass doors for an airy feel. The suite of stainless steel Thermador appliances is from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The bar-height chairs are woven rattan, imparting a casual coastal feel.
The master bedroom’s coffered ceiling extends to 11-feet. Furnishings are in a coastal cottage-style in white-painted wood and sit atop an aqua blue patterned rug from Rugs as Art. The walls in Sherwin-Williams Quietude borrow their soft color from the exterior pool views.
The master bathroom has textured blue-gray wallpaper from York, adding warmth and intimacy to the luxurious space. The shower features a Sahara Carrara marble tile in an over-scale herringbone pattern, extending to the ceiling. By contrast, the shower flooring is set in a petite hexagonal mosaic. The chandelier and vanity fixture in recycled glass framed in a gunmetal finish are by LyteWorks.
White wood furniture, accented with natural wood, along with an organic wicker side chair, impart that relaxed Florida look in the guest bedroom. Table lamps with glass bases are from LyteWorks. The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams Rain.
The upstairs family-bonus room opens to a landing overlooking the pool. Furnishings include a leather sofa, loveseat, and armchair, as well as a dark wood coffee table topped in glass. The medallion design carpet adds a dash of pattern to the space. The art and table lamps, including one in a mottled mercury glass, are from LyteWorks.
The large screen enclosure covers the lanai and pool area. Travertine decking surrounds the custom-shaped swimming pool and large waterfall spa. The waterline and the spa feature-wall are mosaic glass tile in blue and aqua. Weather-resistant furnishings provide numerous seating areas for enjoying the Sarasota nights.
Written by Charlotte Safavi
Photography by Jimmy White
Available through Judy & Bill Nimz, Michael Saunders Realty
Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts
1312 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
2451 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
JC Drafting & Design
905 Ponder Avenue, Suite C
Sarasota, FL 34232
Judy & Bill Nimz, Realtors®
1605 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
816 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Rugs As Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231