Coastal Chic – A unique take on classic design
To create a sophisticated coastal dream home with a tropical flair was the intention of both Matt Knauf, owner and general contractor with Knauf-Koenig Group, and architect Falconer Jones of Falcon Design when they teamed up to work on this beauty of a home nestled on a quiet street in the heart of Pelican Bay. “We chose this lot because of its generous size, fantastic location, and southern exposure. It has a gorgeous backyard that opens up to create a spacious and private outdoor oasis. The difficulty was the cul de sac, our challenge was to design a home with fantastic curb appeal that maximizes the less than generous front yard space,” Knauf explains. To make the most of the lot, the team designed a unique floor plan that was both comfortable and luxurious. They wanted to come up with a fresh take on the popular coastal look. Their objective was to design an amazing home with every detail well thought out and executed with the highest quality craftsmanship. The result? An expansive 4,864 square foot, open concept, coastal dream home with soaring ceilings, enormous windows, beautiful millwork, and wide plank European oak floors – and almost 2,000 square feet of additional outdoor living space.
The furnishings for the home were selected in collaboration between Calusa Bay Design and Hayes Elkins Design. “The great room furnishings are both functional and sophisticated, starting with an appealing neutral color palate, with the addition of a soothing and complimentary pop of color — in this case, a beautiful aqua blue,” says Tatum Johansson, Design Coordinator for Calusa Bay Design. The great room emits a chic and classic style with twin Chesterfield sofas by Century, and six bunching cocktail tables fit perfectly in between. Oversized end tables by Vanguard hold classically styled ceramic table lamps from Wilson Lighting. A perfect pair of casual, classic modified wing chairs by Vanguard finish the seating area. Glass boxes, a few coffee table books, and a pair of tall eglomise candlesticks provide the perfect finishing touches. “What makes this room so appealing is the openness to the outdoor living space provided via a spectacular wall of glass in the form of triple French doors with double transoms above,” explains Leslie Sherman, owner of Calusa Bay Design and Partner at Calusa Bay Properties. Other notable features include the intricate trim work on the box beams and tongue-and-groove ceiling detail, courtesy of Knauf-Koenig Group’s renowned expertise in trim carpentry detail. The design team chose a European oak floor from Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring, which creates the perfect foundation for a timeless, sophisticated look.
Viewing the home from beyond the pool, the exceptional design by all involved with the project becomes even more stunning. The 40-foot pool is lined with palm trees from Doria’s Landscaping and has a stepping stone detail for both form and function. The jewel toned water and fire bowl accents complement the natural wood soffit and trim details of the home’s exterior while adding ambiance. “Prospective buyers responded very positively to this home, so much so that we sold it before it ever hit the market,” advises Taber Tagliasacchi, Listing Broker and Partner with Calusa Bay Properties. “The master bathroom, outdoor living, and overall style and quality of the home were all key selling points.” Clearly this talented team has found their niche in the new construction home market with this inviting, well thought out and beautifully appointed coastal chic retreat.