Southwest Florida : Home Tour : Layered Luxury

When Harvey Firestone said, “Success is the sum of details,” he could have been referring to Gulfshore Homes’ Aviara model, where attention to detail adds layer upon layer of intricate design elements. The intentional repetition of patterns may escape the eye of the casual observer, but the total picture is one of perfect balance in this Miromar Lakes home.

“Extensive architectural touches, such as the eyebrow frames above the garage doors and entry, add style to the exterior of this three-bedroom home,” states Steven Watt, president of Gulfshore Homes. “With three ensuite bathrooms, two half-baths and parking for three cars, the Aviara design is exceptionally livable,” adds Watt. A second floor game room and full bath increases the air-conditioned living area to just over 4,200 square feet.

“Detail supports detail,” explains Alexis Limb, lead designer of the Interiors by Design West team that created the Coastal California Transitional look for the home. “The challenge in designing a model home’s interior is to put together a color palette and furnishing selection that appeals to many home buyers.” Taking their design cue from feature fabrics in each room, Limb uses a color palette of gray, sea glass green, beige and cream and the subtle reinforcement of defining patterns to create a unifying look.

When designing a model home, “we are designing for 85% of the public,” explains Principal Designer Alberto Abad of New Architectura Inc. The firm has a history of creating successful products that provide a common livability without diluting the design. “We put features in model homes that you would find in high-end custom homes,” Abad says.

Abad optimizes the view of the Aviara’s homesite with the open floor plan. He says there is still a demand for formal dining rooms, but they are intimate, in keeping with the moderate size of the homes now popular in the market. When designing, he considers the lifestyle of prospective owners; experience teaching him that sociability is a key component of a successful home design. Abad remarks, “People want to interact, they entertain guests, they have families…my design pictures them in each room of the home.”

In the great room, the Design West team began with the Beacon Hill throw pillow fabric. The soft ikat pattern, a combination of seaglass, sage, and ivory toned embroidery, was also fashioned into custom window treatments for the kitchen and inspires a variety of other pieces throughout the room. Complementary colors and shapes are repeated in the upholstered stools at the granite-topped island and on the cornice and chairs in the breakfast nook. The rectangular shape of the kitchen ceiling beams, the light fixture, the raised panels and trim work detail in the cabinets—even the gleaming stainless steel stove venting hood—expand the eye toward the subtle rectangular pattern in the draperies. Likewise, the gentle curving stools, circular breakfast table, freeform artwork, accessories and stacked turquoise glass spherical table lamp introduce softness to the detailed play of pattern.

The focal point of the kitchen is the shimmering mother-of-pearl glass mosaic tile encompassing one entire wall from countertop to ceiling. As a backsplash, it wraps underneath the custom cabinetry on the two adjacent walls of the u-shaped space. Stainless steel luxury level appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele complete the gourmet kitchen. “The appliance package was chosen to appeal to the most discerning homeowner,” explains Marisa Urquides of Florida Builder Appliances. “The outdoor kitchen is also equipped with these prestige brands.”

The dining room offers a calming connection to the outdoors through dark woods and earthy tones of green. The drapery fabric displays a leafy print that seems to blend with the landscape beyond the glass and was the inspiration for the vivid green wall and ceiling color. Suspended from an elaborately crafted six-paned coffered ceiling, twin lanterns glow with antique mirrored glass insets framed in a champagne finish. Slat stock molding creates a paneled look, with a chair rail mounted high on the wall. The non-traditional approach pulls the eye upward.

Richer colors and variations on design elements underscore the formality of the study. The square panes of the French doors, sidelights and clerestory windows echo the custom-built bookshelves and cabinets. The layers of the coffered ceiling include dark-stained cove molding and a deeper tone of green paint. Underfoot, an area rug in beige and brown introduces subtle curves, which are also found in the double pedestal desk and the picture frame molding.

A warm neutral color washes the walls of the master bedroom, providing balance to the stark contrast of the dark-stained wood flooring and the glossy white paint on the deep baseboards, window trim, and crown molding. The wavy pattern of the embroidered drapery panels introduces a watery ambiance, accented by the artwork and accessories. Benches covered in deep aquamarine cut velvet, a creamy mohair fabric chaise and woven wooden window blinds add subtle texture to this serene retreat.

Within the master bath, a curvy cornice echoing the sinuous shape of the deep soaking tub tops the tall window in the bathing alcove. The tub surround is an artful mosaic of ½” glass and metal tiles that glimmer in the reflected glow of the crystal strands in the chandelier overhead.

Becoming a staple of high-end Southwest Florida new home construction, the outdoor living area concept extends relaxing, dining and entertaining spaces to take advantage of the area’s temperate climate. A firewall at one end of the pool adds a dramatic element of movement and light, visible from every room in the home. “The firewall was built at the same time as the pool with concrete construction and integrated into the smart control for the pool,” explains Mike Soulé, director of construction for luxury custom builder Gulfshore Homes. “With this automated system, all of the pool, spa and firewall functions can be controlled by one panel.” Touches like this advanced technology augment the meticulous execution of superb artisanship that is a hallmark of Gulfshore Homes. “We elevate a home from average to exceptional with our careful attention to details,” continues Soulé.

The carefully thought-out and executed details found throughout this home are certain to set the Aviara model apart as one of Naples’ leading luxurious homes.

Written by Ginny Cooper
Photography by Lori Hamilton

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

Gulfshore Homes
8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 101
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Interiors by Design West
9118 Strada Place, Mercato Suite 8130
Naples, FL 34108

New Architectura Inc.
3561 Bonita Bay Blvd. N, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

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