Shotgun Gem : Historical Integrity and Comfortable Elegance

With cottage-style coastal charm, this Naples home is a tribute to well-designed, comfortable, yet elegant space. “Another home will never be created like this one. It’s that unique,” says Dante DiSabato of Encore Development, Naples, who hand-selected a dream team of professionals to create this gem of a home.

The architect, Matt Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning, agrees. Kragh explains that the house is a narrow 32-by-105-feet, which was challenging from a design standpoint. Even more difficult was the placement of the master bedroom on the main floor facing the quaint street out front, rather than positioned traditionally toward the back of the home. “The house has excellent curb appeal with historical integrity,” Kragh notes. “It looks like a small cottage, but it doesn’t feel like it inside.”

Builder Terry Jerulle agrees the home had its challenges. “The narrow lot size required us to first build the pool and then build the concrete and block home around the pool on a very tight site. It took a lot of coordination in material delivery and storage. We were also tasked with blending the meticulous detail work in this home to add an authentic character, while providing the most modern conveniences and standards of construction. It was well worth it when you see the end result,” says Jerulle.

The shotgun-style home features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with one ensuite guest room atop the garage. Kragh placed a focus on the back of the house, the great room and upstairs loft, all of which are open and airy.

The great room is the heart of the house, agree interior designers Susan Trivison and Vrinda Albrecht, with Clive Daniel Home. “It’s such an inviting, yet elegant space,” adds Trivison.

Each detail of this home adds to its charm. “It has the nuances of a traditional home, but with a cleaner look and a nod to contemporary, with touches of metal and glass. It just works,” explains Albrecht. She adds that the location is as inspiring as the house. Considering the residence sits four blocks from the beach and steps from the heartbeat of Naples’ Fifth Avenue, the charm and livability quotient skyrockets.


Located in the heart of Old Naples, this home offers the most modern conveniences and the desirable in-town luxury lifestyle. Builder T. Jerulle Construction added to the unique, historical authenticity of the house by using stucco rather than traditional siding. “Each one of the planks was made on the jobsite, especially for this house,” says Terry Jerulle. A meandering architectural walkway leading to the home is focused on a large feature window. “The front yard is landscaped in a way that offers visual interest from the street while still providing privacy,” says Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. The storm water management system incorporated into the landscape design provides hidden and functional flood protection, designed by J.R. Evans Engineering.


The loft overlooks the great room. The Syms Swivel chairs by Vanguard fit perfectly in the space and work well with the Vanguard Lombardi sofa. “This is a space that’s easy to gather and hang out in,” says Albrecht. Ocean-inspired artwork and rug add playful twists to this welcoming space.


“The sectional became a key piece in this room,” says Trivison, of the living room. “It’s classic and elegant.” Yet, she points out the causal quality of the Leary Tranquil fabric by Burton James. The sea-salt blue sofa stands out among the otherwise neutral tones of the space. The 44-inch ottoman by Vanguard, dark, rich-wood nesting table by Laurel House, and a Palisades console by Stanley contrast nicely. In the corner near the console table sits a clean-lined, comfortable Sixty swivel chair by Comfort Design. High ceilings and the addition of the loft add plenty of light to the space. “We like to point out the niche part of the loft that bumps out,” adds Albrecht, of the unique feature.


The kitchen offers more gathering space and ample storage with the 144-inch granite-topped island, and plush counter stools by Curations. The appliances are top of the line, including the Sub-Zero refrigerator and WOLF 36-inch dual fuel, six-burner range. The builtin Tradewind stainless hood has two internal blowers. Custom cabinetry hides even more storage and keeps the decor cohesive. The dark tongue-and-groove wood ceiling gives off a cozy vibe, while over-the-island pendant lighting offers a touch of contemporary pizazz. The French Heritage Payson farm table gives the dining room a farmhouse-style quality. Design Master Foxcroft side chairs in a fine-china finish, linen fabric, and natural string ties add a plush elegance. Stanford Cumberland skirted chairs punctuate the table. Painted nickel gap walls, a unique recessed wood ceiling, whitewashed flooring, and a custom built-in china cabinet add to the rustic charm. A modern chandelier illuminates the dining vignette.


The master bedroom window looks out on the cozy neighborhood street. An elegant Dolce 12-light chandelier hangs over the Penelope king bed. The mirror screen in the corner gives the room an even more spacious feel. The Vanguard dresser and nightstands are set off by the Eglomise stools in Rienzo Animal Blue fabric by John Richards. “This room is a perfect example of a luxurious touch, but not gone overboard,” says Vrinda Albrecht, one of the home’s two interior designers.


The master bathroom offers a modern but comfortable ambiance with its oblong, canvas-white Lyndon freestanding soaking tub. A Purist floor-mount bath filler with a hand shower enhances the bath. The sconces are Silver Leaf with linear finishes, giving the bathroom a pop of the modern. Stools by Seasonal Living resist moisture and add utilitarian balance.


This guest bedroom carries the same theme as the rest of the house— casual but elegant, with a nod to the contemporary. The designers introduced glints of strategically spaced metal, such as the Palecek Blue Capiz mirror. The Stanley upholstered bed is the focal point of the room, set off by the Landon hydrangea 8-by-10-foot rug. The Stanley Neville side chest and dresser give the room a comfort factor while providing a neutral backdrop.


“The poured concrete sink is just one of the outside-of-the-box details in this house,” says Trivison. Features include stone tile on the wall, a concrete sink and countertop, Kohler faucets, and a retro-style starburst metallic light.


The pool is nestled within the courtyard and outdoor living area of the home. A linear fire feature by Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living provides a great focal point from the covered lanai. “Fire and water are always fun elements to work with,” notes Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, “and when you incorporate them together it makes for a special space.” Under a vaulted, cypress-wood ceiling is plush seating from Summer Garden and Lane Venture.

Written by Claire Vath

Photography by Matt Steeves Studio

Architectural Land Design
2780 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 5
Naples, FL 34104

Clive Daniel Home
2777 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

Grate Fireplace & Outdoor Living
7830 Drew Circle, Suites 1 & 2
Fort Myers, FL 33967

J.R. Evans Engineering, P.A.
9351 Corkscrew Road, Suite 102
Estero, FL 33928

MHK Architecture & Planning
975 6th Avenue South, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102

T. Jerulle Construction, LLC
2670 Horseshoe Drive North, Suite 206
Naples, FL 34104

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