This was a new construction project located on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach. It was situated on a long but narrow lot which provided some unique design opportunities. There are three stories to this home plus a roof top grilling and observation area. Space was at a premium and great care was taken when planning each room, no space was left under utilized. The program for this home included a living room, kitchen, wine tasting room, custom wine cooler, roof top grilling and observation deck, three guest bedrooms and bathrooms, master suite with large closet and adjacent laundry room, powder room, sand room with laundry facilities right off the beach, work out facility, and a four car garage.
The aesthetic of this project is elevated modern and clean. Our client did not want a lot of artwork and enjoys white walls. We chose materials that would be modern and simple but provide much needed texture and richness. We used a combination of smooth and textured large format porcelain limestone on the interior walls, which continued from the exterior throughout the main spine of the home. The same limestone was used as flooring throughout to create continuity that makes a modern look successful. We brought in rift cut walnut solids and veneers to create wall paneling and ceiling details, as well as kitchen, wine room cabinetry, and details of the custom wine cooler. Walnut was also used for interior doors and a large pivoting walnut “wall” that serves as the door to the master bedroom on the second floor. Lighting plays an important role as well and the home has a smart system of LED lighting throughout with different colors and temperatures that are controlled by an app on our clients phone.
Furthermore, we worked with ThinkGlass to create a 3” thick custom bar top in the kitchen adding a wonderful feature that also has an iPad controlled LED light system. In the evening when just this feature is lit it is a very stunning sculptural piece and brings focus where we wanted. When decorative fixtures were used we considered scale and line, choosing clean looks that had simple yet impactful design elements. When we were able to bring in color we incorporated our clients signature blue in plaster walls and tiles in the master suite and a custom area rug in the living room. These simple touches add spark and speak to the fun personality of our client. In a modern interior every little thing must be planned to work with everything else and it is important to establish design moves ahead of time so that you achieve harmony without distraction. We believe this is a wonderful example of that style of design.