When architect Christopher Coe first spied Frank Suryan Jr.’s newly bought house on Naples Island in Lengthy Seashore, it reminded him of Darth Vader’s helmet.
Regardless of its sensational waterfront setting on Alamitos Bay, the house was a throwback from the ’90s. Exterior, darkish and forbidding appeared to be its theme. Inside, there was glass block all over the place.
Now the house has been saved from the darkish aspect.
It has been remodeled into a light-weight-crammed, fashionable residence that took its cues from Suryan’s fond childhood recollections of time spent on his father’s fishing boat. Coe, of Los Angeles-based mostly COE Architecture International, accomplished the challenge in collaboration with Suryan, who's chairman and chief government of Lyon Dwelling, a privately held multifamily actual property improvement firm, and inside designer Leslie Dewald of L.B. Muller Design.
This main renovation gave Suryan and Coe an opportunity to actually put their signature types on a challenge, with out being hampered by pragmatic constraints resembling group wants and budgets--considerations that had tempered their ambitions for earlier collaborations for Suryan’s multifamily residential developments.
“I simply wished it be one thing enjoyable and funky, with a vibe comparable to that of an artwork gallery throughout a gap occasion,” the home-owner mentioned.
Suppose: stunning fashionable constructing, nice artwork, cool individuals, and wine to enliven the night time.
Not solely did the trio accomplish this, however they’ve additionally created a waterfront house that stands out for its unapologetically fashionable structure but is elegant sufficient to stand the take a look at of time.
Listed below are just a few key components of the challenge:
The house’s earlier exterior — granite marble cladding and darkish-tinted home windows — gave it a forbidding really feel. However the architect mentioned he envisioned a house that was “reminiscent of a ship, however fashionable in aesthetic and performance.” So he clad the brand new design in vibrant, white plaster, like the colour of fiberglass boat hulls, added Brazilian ipe wooden planking, and used chrome steel and glass for the railings.
Have a seat
The unique house had small home windows that did nothing to spotlight the house’s nice water views.
The outside wall of the lounge was eliminated and changed with accordion glass doorways.
Now the interiors open to the outside deck, which faces the water.
“I wished to embrace the truth that this house was on the water,” Suryan mentioned.
Coronary heart of the house
The kitchen — historically probably the most social half of any house — was caught within the farthest again nook of the unique house, and there have been no home windows.
The architect moved the kitchen 20 ft ahead and positioned it as a centerpiece. There are additionally elevated areas for individuals to stand on to view the water outdoors, comparable to a “deck of the boat, the place you possibly can look out over the lounge towards the water,” Coe mentioned.
Suryan modernized the look of the house by including concrete touches all through. It began when he turned enamored with a concrete pool desk he noticed. He then discovered that different gadgets additionally had been accessible in concrete. Now the fabric may be discovered within the house’s waterfall counter tops, front room hearth and outside barbecue, amongst many different locations. “I favored that the concrete had a grayish blue tint that picked up the colour of the water,” he mentioned.
Including an archway
Imposing glass and marble shelving used to separate the kitchen and front room. “You'd by no means see the kitchen from the lounge,” Coe mentioned. He wished to take away all of the partitions between front room and kitchen, however the columns supporting the cabinets had been structural. So he turned the shelving right into a body, preserving its structural function whereas concurrently giving the house a extra open really feel.
Get away from it all
The house’s previous grasp rest room — there are a complete of 4 loos — was caught in a time warp.
Coe and Dewald introduced it into to the 21st century by making a minimalist escape. Coe stored its authentic skylights, which introduced mild into the house, however nixed a very massive cornice by the ceiling.
He additionally reoriented the lavatory to create a extra open feeling. Gone too are glass blocks that made the room really feel cramped. They had been changed with a easy glass divider that separates the bathe from the remaining of the lavatory.
A soaking tub takes the place of an embedded oval tub. Quite than wallpaper, a textured tile in a blue wave sample echoes the serene water outdoors.
Room for wine
Suryan has a love for wine, so it was important to discover a house for his assortment. Coe discovered the right house the place a coat closet used to be, beneath the staircase, going through the kitchen.
Now, as an alternative of seeing a clean wall from the kitchen, visitors are handled to the enticing sight of wine bottles organized in a rows.
There used to be a halfhearted balcony off the second ground, overlooking the water.
However it didn’t fairly attain the master suite. Now Suryan and his guests are ready to stroll out on an prolonged balcony that stretches from the research to the master suite.
The house initially had lackluster beige carpeting and stone tile that unified the house, however consistent with the delicate nautical theme, Suryan selected flooring created from wooden reclaimed from the hulls of previous crusing ships.