LEED Gold Florida home encourages indoor/outdoor lifestyle

This modern dream house was designed by , located in the community of Bay Point, in Monroe County, Florida. Redesigned to improve the quality of a family’s lifestyle, this stunning residence features 5,581 square feet of living space. This lakefront home centers on indoor-outdoor living and maximizing the serene water views.

Designed in 2013, this home received numerous accolades for its spectacular design. Not to mention, it is LEED Gold certified! For those of you that do not know what this means, the website explains it as, “LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.”

Below is a list of these impressive awards in 2013:

  • Parade of Homes Award, Greater Orlando Builders Association
  • Best in American Living Awards, National Association of Home Builders
  • “Project of the Year”, Professional Remodeler magazine
  • Aurora Awards — Whole House Renovation
  • Master Design Award, Qualified Remodeler magazine — Gold Award
  • Major Achievement Award, Greater Orlando Builders Association
  • American Residential Design Awards, American Institute of Building Design — First Place – Green Design
  • Best in American Living Awards — Kitchen of the Year
  • Orlando Life magazine — Remodeled Home of the Year

What We Love: This spectacular home features sleek, clean lines and visual continuity both indoors and out. The kitchen is our favorite space, the design team put a lot of thought into the details of this space. It is highly functional while at the same time catering to family living. The indoor-outdoor connection makes this home very livable and is perfect for entertaining. The sustainable design features are the icing on the cake for us!

Readers, please share with us your thoughts on this sustainably designed, lakefront property in Florida. Would this be your idea of a dream home?

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Above: This multi-award winning kitchen was remodeled to take advantage of the picturesque lake views and to maximize the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that Florida has to offer. The kitchen also needed to be child-friendly, hence the high luster cabinetry finish. It is easily wipeable yet has a sleek aesthetic.

The flooring selection was another key consideration, which also needed to be simple to maintain. The designer selected limestone, for its durable, clean aesthetic.

Above: Lift up doors makes kitchenware more accessible. Additional highlights in this kitchen includes a built-in wine chiller and an integrated coffee system. Energy star appliances and low flow lighting are just some of the sustainable features used in this home.

Above: Highly functional cabinets were designed in this kitchen, where hidden storage is concealed to create a sleek aesthetic. This includes a computer station, pantry with an additional fridge (see images below) and storage underneath both islands.

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Above: Notice the rear wall of the kitchen, it features frosted glass. This is to lend privacy to the homeowners from a nearby neighbor, while still emitting natural light. It also adds a unique focal point to the space. In keeping with the clean lines, the designer added a down draft vent instead of a more visually dominant range hood.

Above: The dining chairs are covered in a satin-like, plastic textile, easily wipeable yet visually pleasing.

Above: The kitchen area extends out to a summer kitchen via expansive pocketing pass-through windows. This is the perfect spot for entertaining guests. A highlight to this outdoor lanai is the retractable screens that are built-in to keep the bugs at bay. Impressively, the screens can also contain 90% of the air-conditioned air!

Above: The living room showcases clean lines and beautiful details such as the stone clad fireplace/media wall. Floor-to-ceiling glass disappears into the wall, blurring the lines between indoors and out. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Dove Wing.

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Above: The flooring in the master bedroom retreat was sourced from Florida-based . It is 4″ flat sawn premium grade solid walnut with a low voc oil satin finish.

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Photos: Harvey Smith Photography

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there are so many nice elements in this design, you could write an article about them. they effectively break up spaces so that you don’t get the feeling of being in a warehouse. i don’t particularly dig the shiny cabinetry in the kitchen, though, it just looks kind of “fabulous fifties” to me. i very much like the stair design, but one thing that i find puzzling is the gate at the bottom of the stairs. what’s that all about?


The homeowners requested the home be child proof. Did not find any information on the gate for the staircase, good eye on that detail! However, best guess would be to keep the kids off the stairs when there is no adult supervision… or to keep a dog from going up the stairs.