RESIDENTIAL: Palma Sola, Florida
The clients wanted their new family home in Bradenton to elevate their connection to the surrounding landscape of Palma Sola Bay while also being a simple but beautiful backdrop to their life. Significantly for the homeowners, the placement of windows and the home's elevation came together to create sightlines above neighboring houses and lawns, presenting only views of the area's natural elements and the family pool. The visual connection to the bay and the adjacent nature preserve was an integral part of the project goals.
The clients' vision for their new home also incorporated smaller bedrooms and auxiliary spaces but larger communal areas in which the family can gather. The program was accomplished (literally) on two levels, creating a central common area that is entirely open and elevating the home beyond FEMA requirements to create a large, shaded area underneath for outdoor eating and gatherings. The great room has an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to the expansive covered balcony, blurring the connection between indoor and outdoor.
The home also incorporates a sweeping roofline, creating shade for the balcony, keeping direct sunlight from windows, and reducing energy consumption. The great room that opens onto the large balcony is the center of the home and encourages the family to gather together rather than spending time separately in their individual rooms.