When we began the design of the home, we were given an open design license. Immediately, we felt that we did not want the composition to dominate the site. We created the forms to be a simple and elegant play of planes and shifting layers with natural materials balanced by white walls and roof lines. By doing this, it naturally catches light and shadow. Naples is known for traditional style homes primarily because I believe that many relate modern styles to cold, sterile spaces and boxes. This was the challenge in introducing a new contemporary home here. We were sensitive to establishing a style that would be well accepted. However, the Tropical modern style is a way to connect contemporary architecture with nature. There is a context of organic materials such as wood and natural stones in nearly every element of this design. The forms are not grand or overstated. It involves the balance between the natural materials and the juxtaposition of the stucco and block walls and roof lines. There are subtle introductions such as the driveway, which is poured in place concrete, has integrated grass and shell rock which creates an understated connection to the veneered reef limestone walls. The exterior wood veneer, which is thermally treated poplar, is set amid the tropical landscaping. The clear anodized aluminum window frames are a throwback to the mid-century modern homes which inspire us.
On the interior, we wanted a transparency between interior and exterior but that meant a connection between materials as well. Working with the decorators unlimited they understood this connection. The great room was especially important to collaborate. The volume of the space and the integration of the functions of living, dining and kitchen needed to be seamless yet inviting. This involved working with warm materials, lighting, integrating the fireplace and utilizing soft fabrics and rugs.
Project Designers: Annie and Jack Carruthers
Interior Designer: The Decorators Unlimited, Jason Lynn