Reclaimed barn wood provides the ideal accent for the white painted fireplace and gray mantel in this cottage-inspired living room. Custom cabinetry flanks the fireplace and carriage lights are installed above the mantel for a true design statement.
The entry to the Villa Toscana has an enchanting carriage-style garage area. This Tuscan-Mediterranean waterfront home boasts a covered balcony, stone-paved courtyard and dark wood shutters that accent the home's light-colored exterior.
The carriage house suite was designed to accentuate air and light, as evidenced by the large windows and open beam ceiling. By placing fine antiques and luxurious fabrics in this rustic environment, guests are treated to the same level of comfort and elegance established in the main house. The suite features hand-scraped reclaimed pecan floors.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.