OLDE FLORIDA CHARM
THREE DECADES OF FAMILY MEMORIES
PRESERVED IN A MODERN COASTAL RENOVATION
Front Elevation: “The tile roof was replaced with a
modern, metal roof using lighter colors of whites and
grays, resulting in a significant change and update
to the home’s entire appearance. Every window in
the home was replaced with Andersen Windows &
Doors 400 Series windows, sourced through Florida
Wood Window & Door,” according to Nick Radick,
Director of Marketing at Knauf-Koenig Group.
After 33 years of ownership and several renovations, the owner of this Naples residence had enjoyed decades of happy memories, from
raising her children to now welcoming her grandchildren in the same home. She subsequently wanted a remodel that would reflect new
design trends and her current lifestyle, adding more colorful and comfortable spaces.
“With the requirement for updating building codes, it is challenging to do a remodel for an older house,” says John Cooney, Partner of
Stofft Cooney Architects. “Most people would have razed the home, but this owner had many sentimental attachments and did not want
to tear it down. It was Mediterranean styled, dated, and lacked many modern amenities and architectural features. Tearing the home
down was not an option for the owner. Our objective was to fulfill her wishes and bring the home up to today’s standards. In altering a
home, we never want to compromise the architectural aesthetics and features.”
Entry: After the renovation, a staircase in the foyer created a lower ceiling, which led to the new hobby room (not pictured) above
the great room. The bottom half of the walls featured blue grasscloth wallpaper with the upper half crafted of a printed wall covering
featuring a palm motif. The designer wanted the brass chandelier from Hubbardton Forge to be airy but grand in size due to the high
ceiling. The brass sconce lighting gave a subtle nod to the chandelier with its curvilinear form.
Formal Dining Room: “The walls below the chair rail feature classic millwork detailing, further elevated with the use of silk wall covering
in each recessed panel, repeated in the ceiling,” says Liz Brown, Lead Designer at Calusa Bay Design. “A gorgeous floral wallcovering
above the millwork adds a pop of pattern to the space. The light fixture is fun and feminine, with hand-blown glass bulbs reflecting the
light. The brass hardware is repeated on the metal base of the table with chairs upholstered in rich blue velvet.”
Great Room: According to Radick, “The great room was enlarged by removing
a wall and lowering the ceiling, giving the room a more homey, welcoming
feel.” Matt Knauf, owner of Knauf-Koenig Group, designed the coffered ceiling
to hide the AC vents in the middle vein, keeping a clean look throughout the
home. After the remodel, the ceiling was opened to the second floor, creating
space above the great room to be used as a hobby room (not pictured). The
great room represented the homeowner’s unique and eclectic preferences.
Powder Room: The powder room, adjacent to the dining room, features a
vessel sink and a bold blue and white wallcovering. The cabinetry was painted
a perfect blue to nicely coordinate. “Wallpaper is clearly making a comeback
as it adds depth, texture, and color. We are using it more and more,” shares
Brown. A beaded chandelier with rope detailing adds a soft casual feel to this
bathroom. The countertop material is man-made quartz with bold blue veining
running through it to continue the theme.
Kitchen: “We obtained large slabs of indestructible man-made
quartz material for the island countertop,” says Brown. “The handmade
ceramic backsplash tile was fabricated in a unique elongated
diamond shape — repeated in different elements throughout the
kitchen.” The custom tapered range hood above the Wolf stove
was crafted in a distressed pewter and accented with brass rivets.
Beautiful white perimeter cabinets are perfectly combined with
a rich blue island. Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances throughout the
kitchen are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
Dining Room: “This is understandably the home’s most popular
gathering area,” shares Brown. “With the kitchen dining area seating
12, this is inherently more casual and welcoming than the formal
dining room, with its rustic oak table and kid-friendly woven chairs.
The rectangular beam detail in the center of the tray ceiling creates
a double tray. We selected the three-pendant tapered lighting
fixtures in clear glass, so they would not interfere with views into
the great room.”
Calusa Bay Design worked with the architect and builder and was involved from concept to completion, creating a dynamic remodel team.
Randi Scott guided selections for finishes, cabinetry design, and ceilings, choosing wide plank European White Oak flooring. Lead Designer Liz Brown was the wizard at pulling everything together, guiding the interior furnishings, wall coverings, and lighting. “The homeowner is extremely knowledgeable about current design trends and wanted to incorporate classic and timeless elements with furnishings that truly showed off her unique and eclectic taste,” shares Brown.
Part of the homeowner’s remodel decision was based on other projects she had seen in her Pelican Bay neighborhood, completed by Knauf-Koenig Group and Stofft Cooney Architects. In researching the builder, she learned that Knauf-Koenig Group has a solid reputation for excellence in building and remodeling luxury homes in the Naples area. They have been quietly leading the transformation of Pelican Bay during the last few years, frequently partnering with Cooney in the creation of award-winning designs. u
Primary Bathroom: The primary bath previously contained dated round
windows with ceramic shower tiles. The new bath features square windows
and straighter lines with a paint and glaze finish in a taupe-colored gray,
sharing similar hues from the primary bedroom. The cabinetry along the
sides of the soaking bath and beneath the sink have pulls that add to the
contemporary lines seen throughout this space. Walls in a rose hue vinyl
grasscloth add texture and offset the grayish tones in the cabinetry, and at
the same time complement the plush pink cushion on the vanity chair and
in the area rug.
Primary Bedroom: “The primary bedroom was furnished with soft tones of
pastels and pink, the client’s color of choice,” says Brown. “A hand-knotted
rug with saturated colors is a fresh take on traditional patterns and adds
great juxtaposition against the classic and more traditional furnishings.”
The chandelier from Visual Comfort is crafted in a brass finish and adorned
with delicate brass butterflies, providing an eclectic take on a starburst
chandelier. The ceiling is an effortlessly coastal combination of white
painted beams with tongue and groove. The stools were reupholstered in
a whimsical Kravet fabric. Lamps by Regina Andrew feature a marble base
with brass accents.
Director of Marketing for Knauf-Koenig Group, Nick Radick, adds, “The
homeowner wanted updated features for her home, which had some Tuscan
flair. We gave the home a refresh and brought it up to modern-day styles,
including every window and door replaced with Andersen Windows & Doors
400 Series windows, sourced through Florida Wood Window & Door. The
remodel took about two years. Part of that was during the pandemic and its
related supply chain issues. Today, the home boasts a coastal elegance with
design features now seen throughout Naples.”
Guest Bedroom: With frequent visits from growing grandchildren,
it was important to furnish the guest bedrooms in practical kidproof
materials and colors. This blue and white-themed bedroom is
completed with two metal twin beds in a classic theme from Four
Hands, and a coastal gray woven rattan dresser with brass hardware
— all ideal furnishings for the grandchildren during their visits.
The dresser not only offers practical storage, but also provides a
surface for the homeowner to display some of the many notable
accessories she has procured throughout her travels. Nightstands
and lighting are crafted in clean and sleek lines, while natural wood
and rope details add a subtle coastal flair to this guest bedroom.
Guest Bathroom: Classic white cabinetry with a unique beveled door
style is paired with natural marble stone to create the countertop.
The base cabinetry is further elevated with tall storage, and a bold
white patterned wallcovering from Schumacher adorns all of the
walls for a fun and whimsical feel.
In reflecting on Naples’ remodeling trends, Matt Knauf, Builder
and Owner of Knauf-Koenig Group says, “A shift has been occurring
where the early 2000s Tuscan-style is long gone, and homeowners
are wanting clean, straight lines with light colors. The coastal style
will always be a Naples favorite.”
The total renovation of the home magically transformed it from a
traditional, partial Tuscan style to a home with Naples’ Olde Florida
charm. The revitalization of this well-lived-in and much-loved
home, built in 1987, was a team effort by Naples’ top architectural,
construction, and interior design companies, who combined their
talents to breathe comfort and happiness into each room while
elevating the home’s design to today’s current styles.
Rear Elevation: “While the shape of the pool and spa remained the same after the renovation, a full resurfacing and tiling added a burst of renewed
energy, along with new landscaping surrounding the home and pool area,” says Radick. The new pebbling of the pool in a Tahoe Blue color gives off
a tropical flair, rounding out the outdoor area’s makeover. Motorized hurricane shutters and motorized insect screens were installed by Castle Services
of Southwest Florida.
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Written by Marge Lennon
Photography by Venjhamin Reyes Photography
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