HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST
home. The entertainment equipment is housed in a single
tack built by Terry Wolf of Innovative Atmospheres, which
includes DVR cable systems and Apple TV, so that every
television within the home has access to these entertainment
options. A Sonos sound system was wired in throughout, and
for lifting and lowering the window shades, an electronic
Lutron system was built in. All the electronics can be operated
via cell phone.
And, of course, a fireplace was added.
What makes this home so special is the exceptional way the
homeowners and design team chose to integrate the natural
feature of expansive ocean views from nearly every room by
correlating texturized walls, ceilings, and even cabinet handles.
Each detail, whether formal or casual, speaks the vivid
language of the sea as if it were an element of cohesive
stagecraft. And the drama that results is born from the perfect
pairing of color, light, composition and unity, just like a compelling
story arc in any good film or screenplay.
The flow between the spaces is effortless, yet the two sides
of this home are distinguished by several critical and subtle
fundamentals. In the formal side the designers used a fauxbuilt
coffered ceiling detail giving it a more classic feel. On
the guest side there’s a tongue and nickel-groove ceiling for a
more casual touch.
On the homeowner’s side, the state-of-the-art kitchen has
qualities of grandeur as well as utility. Accurate Marble and
Granite of Stuart supplied and installed all the countertops
throughout the home. In the kitchen, an entire slab of Taj
Mahal quartzite became the island and then dictated the size
of the custom cabinets.
Thermador appliances were used, and the cooktop has
downdraft ventilation, using an 18-inch telescopic panel that
rises and then retracts out of sight into the stone with the
touch of a button.
The cabinetry, bathrooms and kitchens, was designed by
Sandy Haynes and Jason Oetinger of Chad Acres Kitchen and
Bath. Refined sleek handles and hardware adorn the custombuilt
“We talked about them like jewelry,” Downing says.
Textured yet translucent glass fronts on the cabinets were
carried through to the adjacent butler’s pantry. Haynes and
Oetinger creatively engineered the space to contain a fullsized
fridge, dishwasher, sink and storage cabinets.
Then there’s the fireplace. Even though the units are on
the top floor, there is no chimney or ventilation. Amantii, an
Iowa-based company, created a bespoke, electric fireplace
surrounded by a cream-colored stone façade in a modern,
geometric design. A ribbon of faux flame stretches across
the bottom, and on top a large flat screen TV floats within a
recessed space, creating a grand illusion.
There is cove lighting throughout, with particular attention
in the master bedroom where the coving is backed by
crown molding in the asymmetrical room, enhancing the
The large master suite is a world unto itself. With broad
floor-to-ceiling ocean views, it becomes a secluded resort
Cove lighting and crown
molding combine in the
master suite, an asymmetrical
room with a balcony and
endless ocean views.