No matter how many times I look at plans or watch a house take shape during construction, there is something about seeing the professional photos that always takes my breath away. It’s interesting to see something so familiar from a different perspective. We just got these photos in and I haven’t been able to stop sharing them around.
Designing this home was pure joy. The owners have become some of our dearest friends and it was a delight to work with them from almost the first time they set foot on the lot until today as they enjoy their home. Many people think an architects job ends when he or she hands you a set of plans. The truth is that a good architect will be there with you every step of the way until you move in – and well after. In designing this home, we generated more than 100 pages of floor plans, structural engineering plans, exterior and interior details, sections and much, much more. We had a lot of fun picking out tiles, appliances, plumbing fixtures and flooring with the owners. We LOVE to get involved in the details of homes because it’s the details that make all the difference.
Sometimes, I think my husband likes to get involved just so he can talk clients in to crazy ideas… such as the hidden wine room and the swim-under bridge (both made it into this home.) Our architectural team tends to think of every home or office we design as our “kid” and we tend to be pretty protective of the design intent.
This project was pretty standard gulf-front coastal construction for us. With more than 100 concrete pilings under the pool, house and carriage house, it is safe to say this home won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The old-world stucco finish directly on the masonry exterior created the perfect “ultra smooth” finish on the outside that contrasted nicely with the Spanish Cedar beams, tile roof and reclaimed brick drive. It’s good to have some contrast in materials on a home. You don’t want to go overboard with ten different kinds of exteriors, but it’s important to play with different textures and colors. You can see how we brought out the front entrance and porches of this home by changing up the stucco and column colors.