Located in Sarasota & Naples, Florida

Architecture License: AR 94536

Architecture Firm License: AA0003661


Enchanting Waters

Sarasota, FL

Water, water, everywhere. This six thousand square foot house was designed to emulate and reflect the water elements around it by capturing the water views and bringing those water elements inside. Features such as a Koi pond, living aquarium, infinity edge pool, Bay views, and Gulf views are all captured from this residence. Starting with the entry, a cantilevered concrete staircase climbs over a linear Koi pond with glass insert panels to reflect the water and light the face of the home. This feature is flanked on both sides by garages. The wood flush mounted doors become invisible as the wood cladding wraps the garage corner to draw occupants inside.

Inside, and viewable from outside also is a custom built 2,800 gallon aquarium with living coral and exotic fish from Fiji. To meet the clients wants, a commercial aquarium engineer and builder were selected to condense equipment and storage into the allowed space. This included thickening slabs, designing holding tanks, automatic feeders, elevated equipment platforms and piping to achieve this feat. The purple glow of the aquarium fills the double volume Great room and spills out the glass door entry and sliding glass door patio space. The large high gloss floor tile reflects the sky and water views from outside onto the walls and ceilings creating a ripple moiré effect. Looking through the Great room space onto the pool deck, an infinity edge pool blends the pool water with the water in Sarasota Bay to erase the distance between the Bay and the residence. The water creeps up to the residence and is only broken by a sixteen foot long linear fire trough. Local zoning codes did not allow for elevated pools, to comply there was 8 feet of fill brought onto the sight to gradually raise elevation.

The many levels of this house are apparent from the exterior. The main floor consists of a Great room with a master suite wing. The mid-floor above the garage features a fully functional theater room equipped with wet bar. The second floor features offices, guest bedrooms, and two bathrooms. On top of it is a sun deck which provides views of the Gulf of Mexico and sunsets. The step levels were designed to reduce building height to fit a roof deck under the building height restriction on a barrier island.

The clients are pleased with the final product in a nearly two year design process and have named their dream home “Enchanting Waters” to justify how water has influenced their design process.

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