An all-weather compound in South Florida sits confidently above sea level but retains an atmosphere grounded in comfortable elegance.
Come tropical storm or blazing sun, this 7,575-square-foot residence in Naples, Fla., is designed to endure all manner of weather conditions, from serene to extreme. “Everything here, from the doors to the furniture, from the art to the fabrics, was chosen to withstand outdoor conditions,” says architect Clemens Bruns Schaub, who designed the home not only to be a true indoor/outdoor experience for its husband-and-wife owners, but also to comply with the region’s flood-zone requirements. “All living spaces have to be 7 feet above grade,” he says, “but we wanted it to feel as though you’re living on ground level.” Hence, Schaub and his namesake Vero Beach, Fla., firm raised the swimming pool, which is located off the living room on the home’s west side, to make the spaces function as a single level. “We even planted trees high off the ground on either side of the pool; it feels like you’re on the ground.
“This is a large property,” adds the architect, “but when you come in through the main entrance, you don’t see everything. I like homes to reveal themselves gradually.”
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