Vanilla, caramel, and charcoal blend pavers from TriCircle lead to the recessed covered entrance past twin double garages. The custom glass and metal front door is by Devanti Doors with Davos style stainless steel hardware by Emtek. Sconces by Feiss Lighting in a dark weathered zinc finish and rectangular cap details match the street lamp. The house is painted a pure white with accent trims, shutters, and roof in various warm grays. Whites and grays are repeated inside the home and outdoor spaces in the back.
Situated on a generous acre of land in the exclusive Concession gated golf community in Sarasota, Stock Development’s Clairborne II model represents the grand lifestyle of its surroundings. The landscape retains much of the Florida topography, including a majestic oak that frames the architecture, and affords this modern West Indies transitional home an unusual and welcome lived-in setting for its contemporary construction.
The house already hosts a bonus room with an informal gathering space, so the great room provides a more formal sitting area. Matching Bernhardt sofas in a shimmery textured gray and polished stainless steel base, Bernhardt Wynn chairs with wood arms that wrap around the back, and additional ottomans maximize seating around an upholstered cocktail table with a tufted gray faux suede from Vanguard. A 50-inch-wide 20-light Kelly Wearstler Strada chandelier in a nickel finish from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery was the inspiration for the wood beam and crown moulding ceiling detail. Open rounded walnut end tables in a dove gray finish from Vanguard, and fluted glass lamps with hand-applied silver finish and ivory shades offset the strong rectangular lines in the room.
“We designed the house to appeal to a lot of customers. We try to maximize elements that we know people like, and then add additional features while remaining popular,” explains Greg Weber, president of South Florida Architecture. From its first view, the impressive massing, the perfect symmetry of the structure, and the drama of its recessed raised entry are perfectly complemented by smaller decorative details like abundant Bahama shutters and brackets.
“The Clairborne II has been tremendously successful with a livable floor plan that resonates with both seasonal and yearlong buyers,” confirms Stock Development vice president Claudine Leger-Wetzel. The 4,400-square-foot home features a wide-open floor plan with the great room concept, master suite, two additional oversized en suite bedrooms, a bonus room, exercise room, study, large open kitchen with an oversized island, and an expansive covered lanai for entertaining. Weber’s thoughtful touches anticipate his customers’ needs, such as providing twin double garages flanking the entrance that can house golf carts.
The entry leads to the great room, with a partially private dining room on one side and a study on the other. The glass door gives visitors an immediate impression of the openness of the home, the light pouring in, and the gorgeous Aerial model geometrical sculptural Currey & Company chandelier in silver Granello finish. The bronze-finished window frames are striking against the off-white with gray-toned walls of the house in Crushed Ice by Sherwin-Williams with Snowbound trim.
The enclosed study projects a masculine energy with slightly darker neutrals and fewer whites. The Interlude Home’s Atherton desk has the look of animal hide with a taupe shagreen surface on an iron frame with an antique brass finish. Thunder stained maple Kitchen Craft open shelving and cabinetry line the back wall with a large opening for a statement work of art. The circular chandelier in an antique brass finish with exposed bulbs and partial glass shades is from Arteriors.
Rather than include the dining room in the open concept, it is partially enclosed off the great room for more intimacy in a formal space. A custom refrigerated wine feature with chrome racks and a weathered slate frame is built into the wall and sits across from a custom open shelved divider wall that separates the entry and keeps the room airy. Suspended from the beam detail with crown moulding on the ceiling is a stunning crisscross-draped wrought iron Lucien chandelier in a French gold leaf finish by Currey & Company. The two armchairs in taupe with nickel nailheads, four parsons chairs in ivory linen, and the Bradford dining room table in a Langdon finish are all from Vanguard.
The kitchen is the epitome of elegance and glamour with mixed metals, grays, and bright whites. The three Currey & Company hanging pendants in pyrite bronze with antiqued mirror shades from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery amplify the already well-lit room. Open shelving and glass uppers add relief to the wall of doors and cabinetry. The backsplash is composed of Mizumi Martini Blend Lunada Bay glass tiles in Franciscan Fog blend in an elongated hexagon mosaic, and require a calmer perimeter countertop in Ash Gray quartz. The oversized island countertops are Cascade White with a granite look.
The double-stepped coffered ceiling with applied moulding plays off the variety of lines in this plush and sophisticated master bedroom. A Visual Comfort Choros chandelier in polished-nickel suspends above the Bernhardt Wing bed in a gray fabric with a rich cashmere feel. Howard Elliott sculptural champagne wall trays sit behind the bed. A smaller and single version of the ceiling detail frames the seating nook with Vanguard nailhead trimmed Touchtone Dove Blaire chairs and shield-shaped faux-shagreen covered coffee table with oak base. Vanguard dove gray end tables feature mirrored bands on the face.
Meredith Barnes, senior designer at Soco Interiors, was charged with turning this model into a buyer’s dream. Clean lines and functionality, with elements of surprise, were her guiding principles. Barnes elected for a neutral palette of grays and taupe against two-tone white walls with pops of modern glimmer in glass, mirror, and Lucite for a classic, calming, light and sophisticated impression in every room as well as the outdoor spaces.
“I wasn’t going for a specific styled look,” describes Barnes, “but a home that would appeal to someone that likes to entertain and enjoys an occasional talking point or piece. The neutrals allow the future buyer to bring their own personal touches.”
According to Leger-Wetzel, the fulfillment of every homeowner’s desire in this model home means, “…all you need is your toothbrush and your pots and pans to move in.”
The bathroom is a study in chrome, glass, and soft neutrals, with elements reflecting each other throughout. His and hers vanities topped with Stellar Gray quartz speckled with flecks of glass line the bathroom that is otherwise fully tiled in Sonoma Sky porcelain in a warm marbleized gray. A half glassed-wall separates the shower and the curved Kohler free-standing tub from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The polished chrome chandelier, with glass cylindrical bases below the stems, matches the sconces.
The woods and metals of the great room continue through the pocketed sliders to the covered lanai exterior with outdoor furniture that is a mix of woven driftwood teak and dove gray aluminum. With almost double the square footage of the great room, Barnes defined distinct spaces with four ceiling coffers with charcoal crown moulding. A cocktail seating area is equipped with lounge chairs and a round table, and a more casual entertaining space with a television and precast fireplace has end tables, sofas, and ottomans in Sunbrella fabrics for flexible seating situated atop a Surya Lagoon outdoor woven rug. Minka Aire brushed nickel ceiling fans provide a cool breeze.
Twin fire bowls with a charcoal finish complement the waterline tiles in the pool and add a warm glow to the evening view from inside the home and the spacious covered lanai.
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Sarasota, FL 34234
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Written by Brooke Parker
Photography by Giovanni Photography