Suncoast : Home Tour : Modern Classic


Nestled in a historic and walkable neighborhood, this modern home embodies the desires and needs of the current home buyer in Sarasota. A hub for art and innovation on Florida’s West Coast, Sarasota’s residents desire homes and lifestyles that reflect current trends and modern living. This sleek 2,350 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath house fits the bill. The home was created out of the idea that good design does not have to be sacrificed or enormously expensive to create a home that is good for its residents, community, and the environment.

Built on spec, the project was an answer to the need for more contemporary, move-in ready homes in the Sarasota market. A collaboration from the very beginning, it took four years of planning, idea generation, and concept testing to complete the build. Developer Howard Davis, owner of Latitude 27 Properties, Chris Leader of Leader Design Studio, Josh Wynne from Josh Wynne Construction, and Punit Patel of Sawa Design Studio came together to design and finish the home. “We had a list of things we wanted to accomplish in this house, but mainly we wanted to build a home that was thoughtfully designed and shows that quality products can be used hand in hand with environmentally sound building practices,” says Leader, Project Designer for the home.

From the very front of the home, it’s easy to see the design team’s execution of that vision. Smooth stucco covers the exterior, complemented by grey lap siding and corrugated metal panels to create a modern and urban feel. Cypress soffits warm up the sleek lines of the home. “We wanted to use familiar materials to create a home that is responsive to its neighborhood. We chose timeless materials like the mahogany front door, the warm cypress, and the Hardie siding. We have elements that everyone can relate to,” explains Patel. Only Florida friendly plants were used in the landscaping and the hand-selected palms create a front yard that feels like a modern oasis. The plants also help the home blend into the historic neighborhood. The beautiful fence is constructed out of the leftover cypress soffit pieces, allowing builder Josh Wynne and his team to minimize waste on the job site.

The interior of the home reflects the team’s desire to maximize usable living space while keeping the home scaled to its historic neighborhood. “The size of the lot drove the design of this home, and we were very careful to build a home that didn’t overpower its neighbors. Everything we put into the home is essential to maximizing livability,” says Wynne. On the first floor, polished white portland concrete mimics terrazzo, a popular flooring material used in Sarasota’s early days. It is also cost effective and durable, perfect for busy families. The aluminum staircase allows light to pass through and doesn’t create a dark cave in the heart of the home. The unique, mid-century modern wall unit can act as a desk or serving station for dinner parties.

The exposed metal railings and bamboo treads of the open staircase are warmed by the sunlight from multiple windows on the first floor. The beamed tongue-and-groove wood ceiling in the living room is a design and architectural detail supporting the master bedroom upstairs. Because of its proximity to the kitchen and outdoor spaces, Brian TenHoor from iStage Homes wanted to incorporate furniture that enhanced the livability of the home. “I wanted the furniture to play off the lines in the home from the ceiling to the staircase to the kitchen counters,” explains TenHoor. “The low couch from iStage doesn’t obstruct the sight lines from the kitchen into the living room and it complements the mid-century modern side tables and media console.”

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and edge-grained bamboo accents. With the idea of creating less waste during the building process, pre-fabricated cabinets were used in a creative way. “We mixed materials here in the kitchen. By only ordering the boxes, we were able to create custom bamboo doors that matched the other wood tones in the house without designing an entirely custom kitchen,” explains both Leader and Patel. In order to maximize usable wall space in the house, windows are placed strategically throughout the home. Their shape and placement, like the long window that replaces the backsplash in the kitchen, all add to the aesthetics of the interior spaces. Grey Caesarstone quartz countertops compliment the white waterfall bar top. Overhead, slim and elegant lighting pendants by Axo Light follow the vertical lines in the kitchen.

In the master bathroom, the wood tones from the kitchen and outside of the home are used on the vanity. Hardware is replaced with finger pulls to preserve the vanity’s clean lines. The vanity and mirror were custom made to match the length of the transom window which allows natural light to flood the room while keeping it private. Sconces are mounted directly to the mirror. In the shower, Vogue Bay wall tiles in a warm grey act as an accent wall drawing the eye into the space. White tiles are used on the sides of the shower to widen it visually.

The corrugated metal panels and warm cypress soffits found at the front of the home are repeated in the courtyard. Stairs lead to a separate flex room entrance that features a wet bar and kitchenette. “The space was designed to be an extension of the interior living areas. The four separate slabs of concrete play off the four panes of glass that create the sliding door,” says Leader. A concrete fire pit and crushed shell stone finish this private outdoor oasis.


Written by Channing Spano
Photography by Ryan Gamma Photography

Josh Wynne Construction
1925 Barber Rd
Sarasota, FL 34240

Latitude 27 Properties, LLC 

Leader Design Studio
1003 N Orange Avenue Unit A-2
Sarasota, FL 34236

Sawa Design Studio LLC
1003 N Orange Avenue, Unit A-2
Sarasota, FL 34236

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