Striking Sophisticate : A New Take on a Custom Home

Set in an award-winning community of private homes, this single-story, custom-crafted residence strikes a delicate balance. It maintains a cohesive context of materials and design elements which tie it into the fabric of the existing neighborhood in the Estuary at Grey Oaks, but its floor plan is anything but predictable.

John Cooney, partner at Stofft Cooney Architects describes the project as “outside-of-the-box,” pointing out elements of West Indies contemporary style with a hint of Asian minimalism. Cooney adds, “The home was deliberately designed to have a feeling of unfolding.”

Encompassing 5,837 square feet, it is not only aesthetically exceptional, but also engineered to perform in a Floridian climate of intense sun, humidity, and rain. Builder Joe Smallwood of BCB Homes employs a unique combination of Anderson windows along with air systems to regulate heating/cooling, fresh air, humidity, and temperature, which combat common issues such as moisture problems, poor air quality, and huge electric bills in the year-round sub-tropical climate.

Smallwood explains that the user-friendly combination of systems results in an efficient, comfortable, and healthy home. “You don’t see any of it, but it’s all of those things behind the walls, and in the attic which make our homes exceptional to live in,” says Smallwood.

In keeping with the owner’s wishes for a contemporary but warm and livable home, interior designer Lisa Ficarra, principal of Ficarra Design Associates, uses multiple textures throughout the residence, explaining, “A mix of woods, chromes, acrylic, and fabric textures creates a more unique style, which is interesting to the eye.” The color palette reinforces this tone, employing variations of neutral grays, taupes, whites and cool blues.

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Royal palms accentuate the home’s facade with its multi-hipped roof, creating a tropical courtyard feel. The courtyard design floods rooms with light from the multi-windowed walls. Stone cladding and cypress bracket details enhance the island feel. Entering the courtyard through the pavilion and gate, one has a line of sight into the great room and through to the outdoor living area.

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Ficarra designed dark ceiling beams as the focal point of this space. “The beam design for the living room literally appears to float, suspended from the ceiling,” Ficarra says. The floating ceiling beams act as the apex for a visually pleasing triangulation of elements, spanning the space. On one side of the room, a customized Verga glass rod chandelier with dark acid blackened iron accents hangs over the Hickory Chair Atelier dining table. A Ficarra-designed custom media unit with floating shelves anchors the far wall, providing the third element of contrast. The effect is both distinctive and cohesive. Century dining chairs are upholstered in a woven asymmetrical grid design, which features a zinc-silver rail handle, and light coconut wood finish. Cream tones continue in the sitting area upholstery, framing the Swaim high-gloss, gray-finish cocktail table with polished metal accents.

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In the dining area a drum chandelier hangs over the 72-inch round glass table supported by a jointed-metal John Richard base. Six Leeward wicker armchairs with zinc-colored cushions provide a more casual feel. Metallic accents continue with the glass-walled, polished chrome wine room. Grays and taupes in Del Mar-colored French oak flooring pair easily with neutral colors like Sherwin-Williams City Loft on the walls of the main living area, and a light off-white Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover paint for the ceilings.

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Given free reign by both BCB Homes and the clients, Bob Ostrowski of AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry collaborated with Smallwood and Ficarra to create this bespoke kitchen. In lieu of traditional wall-mounted cabinets, a mix of materials and recessed cabinetry projects a clean, crisp and inviting design. Glass-fronted cabinets reveal dark-stained shelves which contrast with the lighter cabinets, counters, and pair of islands. Calcutta quartzite tops the first island, while bright Bianco Immacolato quartzite was chosen for the second, which also serves as a lighted display for glittering glass and barware. Ficarra selected substantial brushed-nickel pendant lights from Nova Amarillo, and designed a floating light shelf for the ceiling. The kitchen features fully integrated SubZero refrigeration, a Wolf convection steam oven, single oven, warming drawer, and Viking 36-inch duel fuel range, all from Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery.

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At the client’s request, Ficarra outfitted the space in front of large windows overlooking the entry pavilion with a flannel suede-colored granite card table with ebony-finish base. The chairs are Swaim’s dramatically curved arm dining chair in black pearl finish with zinc colored fabric. The bar contains horizontal stainless reveals through glitter green-colored granite. Through the large windows, exposed mahogany rafters, rafter tails, and gallows-style brackets create definition against the home’s light exterior. Hinkley outdoor wall lanterns with a deep bronze finish illuminate the exterior space.

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An extended interior chimney finished in a light Island Stone color surrounds the gas fireplace, drawing attention to the vertical wall and open slant ceiling in the sitting room. Comfortable chairs with visible dark frames upholstered in light shades continue the interplay between light neutral tones and dark solid components. Karastan’s Patola cut-and-loop rug in Denim Wash cools the sunlit room. The window is accented with a geometric pattern of grays, blues, and creams.

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Ficarra created the triple-step coffered master bedroom ceiling, along with the other dramatic ceilings throughout the house. A set of Barbara Barry Grace lounge chairs in the master bedroom affords early risers a view of the golf course through the full-length glass doors and windows. The doors open directly into the outdoor living area. All windows in the home provide privacy, optimize light, and save energy with Lutron automated shades. Ann Gish bedding paired with cutout chenille velvet throw pillows and a trisected custom padded headboard upholstered in textured oatmeal linen bring a cohesive color scheme and softness to the room. The relaxed flow and subtle textures continue in the marble lamps and silk sheer draperies, accented with a horizontal inlay pattern.

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A light shelf in the master bath provides soft diffused light, enhancing the natural light pouring in from large windows. Gray, textured, 36-by-48-inch porcelain tile lines the floors of the expansive master bath, complementing the Italian-sourced Calcutta Gold marble finishes of the countertops, all edged with an oversized, eight-inch backsplash. The inlaid limestone shower design provides geometrical interest and color, capturing all the neutrals throughout the home within the shades of limestone.

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Two 48-inch tables can be easily brought together to create one long table for entertaining. Jardin de Ville outdoor dining chairs with a brown-taupe mesh texture maintain a casual but finished look with a tailored seam on the back of each chair back. The outdoor kitchen’s stainless steel cabinetry and gas grill are from Viking Outdoor Kitchens through Ferguson. Additionally, the bar island houses a versatile Evo circular flat-top grill. Pavilion bar stools invite guests to make the most of the summer kitchen.

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The exterior living area blends with the interior, expanding the elegantly simple, contemporary design.


Written by Susannah Herrada

Photography by Lori Hamilton

AlliKristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design
633 9th Street North, Suite 301
Naples, FL 34102

BCB Homes, Inc.
3696 Enterprise Avenue
Naples, FL 34104

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
3406 Domestic Avenue
Naples, FL 34104

Ficarra Design Associates
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102

Stofft Cooney Architects
633 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102

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