2007 Idea House: Tucker Bayou, Florida

Join our homes editor, Amy Mercer, for a tour of our 2007 Tucker Bayou Idea House.

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Tucker Bayou is the perfect combination of lux and laidback. It's stylish and comfortable. Its design is perfect for everyday life, but you'll feel like you're on vacation. Tucker Bayou will change the way you think about modular. A factory built home from Haven Homes Incorporated, it was shipped in parts from South Carolina and assembled on site. Entryways and hallways are the perfect place to show off frame collections. A tight composition of nine photographs gets a spot of honor in the back entry. Framing them similarly pulls attention to the art rather than the frames. Healthy living is about more than calories and fat grams. Appliances should be positioned based on ergonomics. The microwave and dishwasher in Tucker Bayou are raised slightly for ease of use and optimum comfort. Built in cubes in the dining room hold the key to the home owner's character. Look for ways throughout a home to gather like items you love. Books along a study wall, cool artwork in a nook, seashells in a bowl all tell a story about where you've been and where you're going. In the living room, creamy neutrals set the stage for show stopping hues such as chartreuse and orange. Forget the idea of separate rooms for separate activities, Tucker Bayou's living room is a social space and a media space all in one. The flat screen television hides behind custom built panels and slides out of the way when it's viewing time. The family work room is a hard working space between the kitchen and laundry room. There's space to drop off daily accessories such as purses, cell phones, or keys and a free standing island is a great surface for dropping off groceries between the garage and kitchen. Cover an eyesore with a simple solution. The electrical panel in the family workroom is hidden behind a sliding message board. Go old school with a black chalkboard or opt for the squeaky clean of a dry erase board. Leave the sand on the beach. Prefinished hardwood floors are a great option if you want to forgo the dust and mess of sanding and finishing. While unfinished planks must be sanded, stained, and varnished after installation, prefinished antique heart pine floors are ready to be walked on. Guests are treated to their own home office in the upstairs bedroom where reclaimed attic space creates a workstation. A drape closes off the area, so one spouse can surf the net while the other drifts off to dream on the four-poster bed. In the master bedroom, a custom upholstered headboard is surrounded by bookshelves. Light fixtures are installed on either side of the bed, so there's no need for a lamp. Tucker Bayou is one of my favorite idea houses, inside and out. Its interiors are beautiful and inviting and outside it fits so well in the landscape, you'd never know it was brought in in parts and set up with a crane.
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