Whether it is a couple who loves entertaining or a far-flung family that enjoys get-togethers, the future owners of this expansive home on a waterfront lot in Naples’ Quail West community will find themselves with plenty of room for everyone, according to residential designer Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs.
“The unique floor plan, boasting both public and private entertainment spaces, transitions between the two beautifully. The plan melds traditional and contemporary elements,” Guzman explains. “It is a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too design.”
The project gave Guzman an opportunity for new ideas using the latest in innovative design. “As with all our projects together over the last 20-plus years, the team at McGarvey Custom Homes gave me lots of freedom and, as always, were a pleasure to work with,” Guzman adds.
The clean and compelling design allows for a plethora of windows, offering plenty of Florida sun and nonstop views over the pool and lavish outdoor living space. The semicircular motor court, clad in contrasting pavers with a round medallion, offers access to two separate garages, with room for four vehicles, perfect for visitors.
Adding a Florida vernacular to the popular British West Indies style, this four-bedroom, four and two half-bath house, built by McGarvey Custom Homes, boasts 6,187 square feet under air. Overseeing the construction was McGarvey Project Manager Michelle Duquette, who was not only hands-on every day, but assisted with some of the design elements.
“It was a lot of fun; there were many complex design elements that had to be thought through the entire process, so all the pieces of the puzzle fit together properly and as intended. It allowed me to exercise my creativity and ingenuity skills at the same time. This was one of my absolute favorite projects,” says Duquette, who takes particular pride in the home’s wine room—her personal project.
Interior Designer Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors, chose the exterior finishes to create a color palette that would bring the inside of the home to the outside, creating a harmonious relationship.
“We wanted the exterior of the home to be neutral to blend well with the interior palette of soft tones, but added the bright shutters to bring a pop of color and interest,” says McDaniel. “We never go with the trends; instead we create the trends.”
Charged with making the home inviting and providing a welcoming place for entertaining, McDaniel created a comfortable and livable space. “I wanted nothing too formal or fussy, rather for the owners and their guests to be able to kick back and relax,” says McDaniel.
A gray flat tile roof, extensive cladding, and contrasting trim complement the double mahogany and glass entry doors imported from Italy. Landscape architect Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, positioned fountain features with vertical terraced pots on both sides of the walkway. Transom windows draw the eye upward and flood the foyer with light while blue Bahamian shutters play off interior palette choices, adding a pop of color to the exterior. Separate entries lead to twin garages on the home’s right and left corners.
This more formal entertaining area hosts a trio of spaces delineated by intricate ceiling detail. The living room with painted ceiling beams has organic bent rattan Palecek chairs, a Century sofa of brown chenille, and a Vanguard burnished metal table with cream wood top lighted by a Currey and Company brass chandelier and brass table lamps set on Kara Cole end tables. A Jaipur rug combines the colors of navy, taupe, and mushroom. The bar beyond is made of three pieces of mitered Cornflower Blue granite in a waterfall design atop gray cabinetry, designed by McDaniel with Kitchens by Clay. Jessica Charles swivel bar stools are upholstered in a blue-gray tweed. Lighted shelves, backed by grasscloth wallpaper, echo the paper above the brass-handled walnut credenza in the dining area with a Hickory White table which seats eight. Twelve-foot windows overlook the bubbler fountains of the pool, which directly abuts the house.
Kitchens by Clay was part of the design team from the blueprint stage, custom Crafting the home’s cabinetry. Stools of java wood, upholstered in blue and taupe tweed, add seating options to the waterfall countertop in Cornflower Blue granite. The light stain on the maple island cabinets is designed to let the wood grain show through. Along the back wall, ivory cabinets and beaded ivory subway tiles reflect light from the open polyhedron steel pendants. Appliances from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting are the newest contemporary offerings from Wolf/Sub-Zero paired with a stainless steel hood over a traditional professional Wolf range. Baginni French wide plank flooring marries the kitchen and adjacent family room. A custom-built walnut credenza complements the room’s geometric ceiling detail. Tweed occasional chairs add a mid-century feel, as does a low walnut coffee table by CR Laine. A sectional in oatmeal chenille is flanked by Vanguard stained wood end tables accented with blue ceramic glazed lamps by Uttermost. Taupe hexagon-patterned draperies frame the pocketing glass doors.
An oversized rectangular linen-shaded chandelier overlooks a Palacek glass and walnut table flanked by Hickory White parson chairs in tones of buff and blue. An adjacent glass-enclosed 538-bottle climatized wine room was designed and built by Duqette. The standing table is topped with Sequoia granite resembling a petrified tree. The floor of the wine room is hexagonal marble.
The Napoleon Torch vertical electric fireplace from Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living, set in a wall of porcelain tiles resembling Travertine, provide ambiance in the hexagonal master bedroom. Small demi-backed slipper chairs adorn the first of two seating areas. The other includes twin Vanguard occasional chairs and an ottoman in metallic tweed. An abstract by Uppermost hangs between the Century bed’s copper tree branches bookending the nubby cotton headboard.
A privacy wall with an abstract metal sculpture from West Indies Home borders a Zen garden outside the master bath. The 12-by-5-foot walk-in shower features a cantilevered granite floating bench, a Kohler hand-held showerhead, and a rain head. A chrome African drum table services the cast iron freestanding Kohler Reve tub, set on a floor of 18-by-18-inch porcelain tiles. Fantasy Brown granite tops custom shaker finish cabinets by Kitchens by Clay. The mushroom vinyl wallpaper mimics grasscloth. Robert Abbey chrome and parchment sconces inset in the mirror add a modern touch.
Ceiling details, including a backlit strip and stained cypress beams, divide the long linear space of the outdoor living area. Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances create the perfect outdoor kitchen. Stained cypress floating shelves add storage. A bar of Cornflower Blue granite hosts Kingsley Bate teak and mesh stools and matches the outdoor dining table and chairs. The iron chandelier with Edison bulbs and bronze Casablanca fans provide an airy, light atmosphere. A conversational grouping of driftwood woven rattan Kingsley Bate furniture sports a cocoa welt and matches the grouping set around the metal gas fire pit from Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living.
Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design creates a graceful transition from the hard surface of the 24-by-24-inch silver travertine pool deck tile to seemingly endless green beyond. “The rear yard was designed at a 45-degree angle which increases the perspective depth of the property,” explains Andrea. “The pool is inspired by linear elements, and includes floating step stones, bubbler fountains, edgeless spa, and a chaise shelf. The landscape enforces the linear theme, though the use of Foxtail palms set in a linear alignment flanking the pool deck.”
Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Lori Hamilton
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