For the past 18 months, it has been my pleasure to recreate the interior design of this beautiful home on Sarasota Bay in Florida. The house was built in the 1990’s, has 5500 sf and is an interior designers dream project.
As with any home that is about 20 years old and has had several owners, changes were made in a haphazard manor. In defense of the previous owners, I am sure each one made changes that they believed were in their best interest, but perhaps not to the integrity of the house.
That being said, where to begin? First start with the new owner. What are their needs that the house does not meet? In this case, although it had 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, the new owners needed another bedroom and bathroom.
Next we evaluate the existing interior design. What stays, what goes? For example: flooring, cabinetry, lighting, window shutters. If we keep existing marble flooring – what do we have to do to it to bring it back to it’s original splendor? Kitchen cabinetry? If the layout is perfect, why tear out and rebuild exactly the same way? Answer, reface and put new doors and drawers in. In this case, even the granite was fine. We kept it.
I am always concerned with carbon footprint and preserving what doesn’t need to be trashed. Sometimes it makes the planning process take longer, but if thought through and every detail covered, the result can be spectacular.
After meeting with a contractor and an architect, plans for the new spaces were drawn, permits applied for and the “tear out” begun. It always get worse before it gets better!
A renovation project is like choreographing a ballet or a Broadway show. Each step has to be planned and everyone involved has to know the “story”.
As a designer, I orchestrate, create, schedule, oversee, order, plan, chastise, praise and spend every waking moment living a project.
Once the construction is planned and underway, then I have to go to the next step: furnishings and finishing touches.
Every design decision is made with the client’s needs, wants, likes and dislikes in mind. Sometimes, it is a fine line to tread, but a challenge that I have learned to tackle with every new job.
The finished product with every job is always bittersweet. When the time comes, I have to turn my baby over to the new parents and move on to the next one. Each job remains always a part of me and always in my mind and memory. I haven’t decided if that good or bad, I just accept that it is the way it is.
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures of this home. It is truly beautiful! (if I do say so myself!)