Warming to Modern : A Builder’s Home on Siesta Key


Nick Ferguson of Ferguson Construction and his family love to spend time on the water, making the location of their Siesta Key home a perfect retreat for him, his wife Sara, and their two daughters. “We love to boat, and this lot really appealed to us since it’s on the Grand Canal, which feeds out to the Intracoastal Waterway and then the Gulf of Mexico,” says Ferguson.

The family commissioned World Design Inc. in Bradenton to draw up architectural plans. “I have a thing for modern design, but not a cold modern home, something warm and family–friendly,” says Ferguson.

The house is all concrete block with a stucco finish built onto a tight 50-foot lot, but it also has a great deal of warmth through wood detailing and organic landscaping.

“We used Cumaru for the exterior wood detailing, a durable Brazilian hardwood with a long lifespan,” adds Ferguson.

The interior, which has polished concrete floors and minimal clean moldings, is an open floor plan. The living area’s ethanol-burning fireplace surround has a television mounted in it; the finish is shiplap siding, a nod to the nautical.

Natural woods come in to play again in the kitchen’s flat-grain walnut cabinetry, as well as in laminated veneer lumber sliding doors with clear finish.

When it came to furnishings, Ferguson’s wife Sara collaborated with interior designer Jan Bullard. “I wanted the furniture to compliment the style of the home,” she says, adding, “we have young children so  we wanted to keep it warm and comfortable for everyday family living”.

The main living spaces are furnished with comfortable pieces upholstered in Sunbrella fabrics, or made of Lucite and wood, all connected to the patio and backyard beyond via a window wall of four sliding glass doors.

Crushed shells and native plants in beds soften the entry to the contemporary home. The garage door is made of high-impact glass. The Cumaru rain screen siding and the cantilevered floating architectural wood feature above the front door were created by materials from Advantage Trim & Lumber.

In the home office, light from two vertical windows brightens up the industrial-style ombre wallpaper by Elitis. The bentwood armchair by Theodore Alexander adds a natural-looking element to the room while still keeping the look of modern and clean lines. The sleek glass desk with wood base pairs with the mid-century credenza. The windows are all by PGT in a dark bronze finish.

A seagrass rug adds spatial definition to the living area. Seating includes a new Four Seasons sofa, with stain-resistant upholstery, as well as a pair of existing armchairs that were reupholstered in a Sunbrella fabric. The custom-designed coffee table is made from a driftwood base and a glass top. The vintage bookcases are made from chrome and glass.

The white countertops are waterfall Cambria, and the backsplash in a herringbone pattern is by La Casa Tile. All the appliances in the kitchen are by Wolf with the exception of the fridge by Sub-Zero. Acrylic chairs from Kartell provide seating without blocking the wood grain island base while triple chrome light pendants from Restoration Hardware illuminate the island’s worktop.

Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room features vintage Broyhill Brasilia dining chairs paired with a custom-designed walnut dining table, adding warmth and comfortable seating. The host-and-hostess chairs were covered with a zebra print fabric for a touch of whimsy and with practical vinyl seats and backs. To the right is the home’s entry and a Theodore Alexander foyer table with lower storage.

The master bathroom features custom cabinetry and floating shelves suspended from the large mirror. The pebble flooring in the shower and around the tub is by La Casa Tile. The Victoria Albert tub and Axor plumbing fixtures complete the room.

All the home’s bedrooms are located upstairs due to the narrow lot. The upper floor has white oak wood flooring laid down in wide planks by La Casa Tile. The hanging lantern light fixtures in bright Chinese red are by Currey & Company. Dressers with an Oriental flair match the style of the light fixtures and add a pop of color to the room’s white palette.

“Sliding glass doors open up the living area and connect it to a covered patio. The railing of glass and Cumaru wood from Advantage Trim & Lumber of Florida keeps the views to the pool and Grand Canal open while adding organic detail to the outdoor space. The patio’s tongue-and-groove cypress ceiling with recessed lights provides shelter in a passing downpour. The coffee table is custom. A functional BBQ area has a nicely-sized grill and smoker. The back of the house faces the sleek swimming pool.

Written by Charlotte Safavi

Photography by Ryan Gamma Photography


Advantage Trim & Lumber of Florida, Inc.
7524 Commerce Place
Sarasota, FL 34243


Bee Ridge Lighting and Design
3909 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


La Casa Tile, LLC
1777 Northgate Blvd., Unit A-3
Sarasota, FL 34234


N C Ferguson Construction
4430 Ashton Road, Suite B
Sarasota, FL 34233


Rugs As Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

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