When I set out to create a special model home for a community in Alaqua Lakes, I had a clear picture of the actual family who would inhabit this house. They would be a couple that likes to entertain, with two teenage children and frequent guests.
I expressed my vision with a traditional front elevation, a graciously flowing layout, and plenty of spacious living areas. From the street, a welcoming façade greets passersby: A deft balance of stucco, lap siding, and brick creates a medley of textures, while traditional elements such as dormer windows and a covered porch blend with the asymmetrical design to create a unique effect.
This careful union of contemporary and familiar elements continues as visitors step inside the sprawling home. I designed open, airy spaces to be anchored by the elegant architectural details located just inside the front entry. Although these elements occupy a single open space, they are distinguished by different ceiling styles: A coffered ceiling lends the dining area intimacy, while a box-beamed treatment creates a dramatic ambiance in the living area. Deeply colored hardwood floors serve as the perfect counterpoint to the airy space.
I designed a distinguishing vestibule with niche, which is seen upon entering the Master suite, to add a touch of lavishness. The formal theme is continued in the Master suite with the trayed ceiling and sitting area.
The master bath is the epitome of luxury with the elegant archway at the entrance and a round soaking tub designed to be the focal point complimented by a curved glass block wall. A expansive shower and separate toilet chamber balance out the tub, while the feeling of luxury is continued with the double vanity and makeup area.