Southwest Florida : Home Tour : British Bermuda


Fil and Wendy Adams-Mercer, an English couple used to big furniture in small spaces asked for comfort in their Naples home and wanted to incorporate elements of their coastal location in the home’s theme and style. Designer Dominique Coffman of Design West answered her clients’ call for a contemporary home with a light and airy design. “Keeping over-scaled but streamlined furniture helped to retain the coastal feel,” explains Coffman. “As the design developed, the homeowners wanted to add in little punches of feminine elegance,” she says. “With a unique blend of styles being represented, the Adams-Mercer home encompasses both comfort and elegance with ease, while staying true to the design’s coastal roots,” adds Coffman.

Architect Don Stevenson of Don Stevenson Design calls the home’s style “British Bermuda,” explaining that “the clients spent a lot of time in the islands.” The home is unique in its two-story courtyard style, but encompasses plenty of coastal touches inside and out. Unique features of the home also include its green elements, such as solar panels on the roof to take advantage of the natural power of Florida’s sun, and attention to detail. Although the home’s exterior appears from a distance to be made of board or lap siding, the vertical and horizontal lines were carefully formed by a cementitious craftsman, explains Stevenson.

Use of natural elements, such as wood and woven materials in the home’s interior design and furnishings, along with wooden beams on the ceiling and exterior, provide a seamless thread from indoors to outside. The design team worked closely together and with their clients on every detail, including careful selection of materials and color palettes. “We actually sat with the clients in our conference room with our three-dimensional model of the home and colored it in various color palettes until we came up with the one that they liked best,” says Stevenson.

The exterior color, which is Sherwin Williams Dover White in satin finish, is complemented by the home’s blue metal roof, touches of wood in the beams and garage doors and natural stacked stone in the columns. The roof and shutters complement the nearby waves, but also are practical. “The metal roof has a longer life,” says Gary Smith, senior estimator/project manager with BCBE Construction, LLC, the home’s builder.

The home’s indoor living area welcomes guests with warm wood accents, cozy oversized pillows and furniture with rounded shapes, which are soft and inviting. The design is comfortable and elegant, without being too formal or fussy,” says Coffman. White is the predominant background color that is used inside of the home and Sherwin Williams Snowbound paint with eggshell finish, covers most of the living area walls and ceilings. Coffman reveals that many homeowners are afraid to use a lot of white, but that her client, “embraced the use of white throughout the home’s design, which helped to bring the light and breezy feel of seaside living indoors.”

Stevenson says that designing a home to meet all of a client’s needs can be a challenge. “It’s easy to make a house look beautiful from the outside, but it also should be livable and functional on the inside to the owner’s taste,” he emphasizes. The use of windows, natural light and white palettes help make the indoor spaces feel larger.

Perhaps no room displays excellent use of white as well as the home’s kitchen. “The kitchen is transitional and feminine,” describes Coffman. Coastal elements with natural, earthy finishes warm up the space. While the stainless steel appliances and oversized pendant lights from Visual Comfort provide a stroke of modern sparkle. Throughout the home, design elements such as ceiling coffers with painted poplar in a tongue-and-groove design and distressed oak flooring maintain natural, warm luxury.

The DuChateau wood flooring, designed directly by Design West, has a green-gray rub. The client wanted rugs soft enough to sit on, and each long fiber rug in the home adds warm coziness and incorporates touches of color from the rooms’ palettes. “Each bedroom has a personality of its own, but is still coastal, airy, light and contemporary,” says Coffman.

Gaining comfort doesn’t mean sacrificing contemporary touches, however. The home includes modern features such as an electric car charger in the garage and color-changing LED lighting throughout. It’s also loaded with energy efficiency, says Smith. “I would say my favorite aspect of the home is its green features,” adds Smith. In addition to the 10-kilowatt solar panels on the roof, the home has a solar water heater, Icynene spray-foam insulation, and an ultra-efficient Mitsubishi HVAC system. “It also uses reclaimed water collected through two cisterns, which goes through a filtration system and is used for the septic system,” says Smith.

In fact, the home’s design highlights aesthetics and function from outdoor elements. “We maximize the arc of the sun as it relates to solar panels on the roof and natural breezes,” says Stevenson. “Cross-ventilation runs through the home from four directions on the first and second floor,” he explains. The breezes move through the master bedroom in the back of the home and a special shuttered opening above the master bath tub. “We call that the honeymoon bath,” says Stevenson. By opening the oversized shutters, the coastal breezes reach all the way into the bath area. Of course, the shutters can be closed for privacy.

The entire rear of the home maximizes views with plenty of windows and a second-floor wrap-around deck. An upper deck sits a few steps above a second-story entertainment area to provide striking water views.

With tropical breezes, an airy color palette, a stunning design and contemporary touches, it’s hard to beat the comfort and island feel of this Naples home. And it’s a tribute to the collaboration of the clients and their design and build team. “This project was a long labor of love,” says Coffman.

Written by Terese Odle

Photography by Reagan Rule Photography


BCBE Construction LLC
3570 Enterprise Avenue Suite 200
Naples FL 34104


Don Stevenson Design, Inc.
2950 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 16
Naples FL 34103


Design West
9118 Strada Place
Naples, FL 34108

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