Creating a Great Space
Massive wooden double doors beneath a tall front porch open to the first floor living area, a large, open room with a wall of windows enclosing each long side. Within that space, the dining area stands opposite the entry; the kitchen is positioned to the left, with seating and a fireplace situated to the right.
During the day, sunlight bounces off water circulating in the pool and dances across the windows. "Our main goal was for the interior and exterior to be unified," says Jeannie.
Balancing Old And New
To give the living area a feeling of age and bold character, old beams and planks were used on the ceiling. The waxed floor is also made of reclaimed wood. Rustic antiques are mixed with contemporary pieces. The cypress, glass-topped dining table is surrounded by primitive benches.
Woven roping covers a pair of armchairs, while pillows and upholstery contribute accent colors. Opposite the sofa, a plasma TV mounted on an adjustable arm projects from the wall of windows. The limestone fireplace occupies an arched recess at the end of the room.
The kitchen is also sleek and contemporary. It holds a stairway that leads to a hall, master bedroom, bath, and guest quarters on the second floor. There, a small den provides a cool, dark respite from the sun and creates a private space for reading.
Easy, Breezy Layout
French doors on the first floor open to the pool and garden area. The house is a marvel of visual interest both outdoors and in. "We strove to generate a lot of detail in the architecture so that the space continues to unfold before you as you experience it," says Jeannie. "You notice things--small intricacies in the way materials come together or how details are used. Overall they create a pleasing whole."