Masterfully Built : A Contemporary Twist on the British West Indies

Situated in one of the best communities in the U.S., The Resolute is a home that has a little something for everyone in it’s 3,900 square feet of living space. From water views to a large, three car garage, both the home itself and the lot it sits on are examples of why Lakewood Ranch is such a popular community. “Our property is extremely robust. Lakewood Ranch has been ranked among the top ten, best-selling, master-planned communities in the country for the past four years,” says Tony Chiofalo, Executive Vice President and CFO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., and the master developer of Lakewood Ranch. “The residence is located in its own enclave of nine home sites as part of the pre-eminent Lake Club. With access to the club amenities and its own cadre of custom perks, it raises the bar for the entire neighborhood.”

This British West Indies style home by Murray Homes takes a traditional look and gives it a modern twist. “When you do a model home, you are trying to reach a wide demographic,” explains lead designer Ana Santa Maria of Apex-Studio Santa Maria, “but that also allows us to push the envelope to stand out because we were not limited [by a client].” Murray Homes’ President, Steve Murray, concurs: “Rather than design a house that we thought was pretty, we did research on the market place to discover what people were looking for in a home. They wanted an architectural style is very progressive inside and out. There is a reason why every angle is there.” The home façade creates a statement with mixed siding, block walls, cypress tongue and groove soffits, and cypress corbels. The standing-seam, metal roof adds clean lines against light elevations that complement transitional and coastal themes.

Inside, the building team achieves a consistent flow room-to-room through the use of white oak floors. These wide planks lay horizontally in the foyer, visually breaking the long hallway. A custom double-door of Sapele lumber allows natural light into the foyer through rich, wood slats that match the ceiling detail. Contrasting dark brown walls with simple artwork create a soothing entrance, only made more intriguing by the Sputnik light fixture in a bronze finish. “We wanted to bring a Zen feel to the interior,” Murray expounds, “the house talks to you and has a feng shui feel when you walk in that is not just about the looks.”

The kitchen has a spacious, open plan that directs traffic around an island of white Cambria with a waterfall edge. The white, clean counters and modern leather stools come together beautifully beneath hanging light pendants. A small-tile back splash adds texture to the kitchen walls, extending behind the range hood for a dramatic effect. Against sleek, dark cabinets, the light features make the kitchen both utilitarian and elegant. Similar cabinetry and exposed ceiling beams carry over into the adjacent dining room, creating cohesion between the spaces.

“Mixing and matching materials offers a look that is both unique and interesting.  We believe that embracing combinations of design styles, finishes, elements and textures gives you license to create a dynamic look in the Sarasota-Manatee areas that will truly set your space apart,” says Showroom Manager Matthew Jones of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

The dining room showcases the white oak floors beneath a rustic table in a charcoal finish. White armless leather chairs work well with the wet bar, reflecting the color and style of the room. Custom window treatments in a geometric pattern maintain the black and white scheme, offset by the dab of green in the table settings. An open lighting fixture mimics candle flames, dropping down to offer a soft glow without detracting from the design elements.


A living room that opens to the pool brings all of the themes together in one room. As Santa Maria states, “We used natural, calming colors and structural elements of the home, with accents created by texture and touches of color.” Here the custom sofas are specified in a light fabric to complement the abstract rug from Rugs As Art, Inc. Jesse Murse of Rugs As Art, Inc. offers the specs: “This is an eight by eleven foot, 100% wool, power loomed rug finished with hand carving for added detail.” Pops of blue in the pillows and ottomans work against the brown painted walls and beige tile TV wall to offer the texturing that Santa Maria references. Complete with inset shelving with LED tape lighting, cypress tongue and groove vaulted ceilings, and windows above the exterior doors, this family room defines modern comfort.

In the master suite, the tongue and groove ceiling detail is continued in a lighter wood and orange is introduced into the color palette. A patterned cornice board above the widows matches the fabric of the bedding, using splashes of color without over-dressing the space. A five foot by eight foot polyester shag, also from Rugs As Art, Inc., warms up the floor, while a custom 3D wall of reclaimed barn wood in a gun stock finish houses an upholstered, padded headboard. The long window bench repeats the upholstery and the fabric patterns in the pillows.

The use of concrete walls and cypress tongue and groove panels outside blur the interior and exterior elements of the master bathroom, offering privacy for windows along the tub and above the indoor/outdoor shower. Patterned gray stones outline the twelve foot by twenty-four foot tile walkway and create a stepping stone-look on the shower floor. Polished wall tiles reflect light, while matte floor tiles in the same color create a subtle change. The elongated bathtub and edgeless glass shower door combine to lengthen the lines in the bathroom, as do the tall, narrow vanity mirrors. With pops of orange in the counter decoration and towels, this master bathroom melds luxury spa and organic shower.

Orange accents continue in a room termed the casita, which champions a grayish white porcelain floor instead of the standard white oak. The bold print of the cornice board and pillows lend a playful feel to this space. Designed to be a relaxed game room that can be converted into a mother-in-law suite, the casita boasts its own entry to the house. Homeowners can rest assured in its security, however. “We offer the unparalleled convenience of controlling your lighting, climate, entertainment, and security from a single, intuitive App,” says Mark Bolduc of Wicked Smart Homes. In three words, it is simple, high-tech, and safe.

Finally, a home designed for luxury and entertaining requires a developed outdoor space. Straight off the dining room, a covered cabana provides comfortable, poolside seating before a fireplace. The outdoor kitchen features a grill, hood, and casual dining area. Matt Russell, Design Consultant from Pool Design Concepts LLC describes the pool for this Murray Homes project: “The design was based around following the architecture of the house – clean lines and 90 degree angles.”  He highlights the negative edge of the spa, which “makes the pool and spa look like one body of water with minimal visual break.”

Melding natural elements with modern sensibilities, means this home really does live in the best of both worlds. Situated in a community with so much to offer, it’s easy to see why this home is making waves in the local community and beyond.


Written by Kasye Beza

Photography by Jimmy White


Apex Studio Santa Maria
200 South Washington, Boulevard #3
Sarasota, FL 34236




Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts
1312 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237


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


Lakewood Ranch Communities
14400 Covenant Way
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202


Murray Homes
25 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236


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


Rugs as Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231


Wicked Smart Homes
527 South Pineapple Avenue, Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34236

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