Situated along an arterial canal of Bird Key, this retreat was conceived as “a place for family gathering while maintaining a strong sense of privacy,” says Mark Sultana, AIA, the owner of DSDG Architects. With 3,000 square feet, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a den to support the small family atmosphere, it is as comfortable as it is elegant. “As you approach the site through a carefully manicured hardscape, the entry of the home is revealed by large expanses of glass that highlights a floating staircase,” Sultana says. “Ascending to the primary living level, you become oriented to experience the water views from the living room and kitchen open floor plan.”

There are 14.5-foot-high ceilings, and the tall walls of sliding glass blur the boundary between the interior and exterior of the home (bringing blue and green hues through the glass). The connection to the water is reinforced by expansive balconies connecting the living room, kitchen and primary living suite. “The remaining two bedrooms are tucked behind the family room and offset from the primary area to create privacy while highlighting framed views of Sarasota Bay,” Sultana says.

Exposed concrete is paired with contrasting clean white stucco, and warmed with natural wood ceiling elements. The wood carries from the outside to the inside via operable glass walls, while also warming the interior stark white kitchen and walls. “Skyframe’s minimalist modern design and use of tall glazing perfectly situates the residence in its environment,” Sultana says. “And it creates a peaceful retreat that blends livability and natural immersion.”

Architect: Mark Sultana, AIA NCARB-DSDG; Contractor: Voigt Brothers Construction; Interior Design: Mindy Voigt Kitchen; Cabinets: Main Street Kitchen and Bath; Bathroom: Ferguson Kitchen and Bath; Carpets and Flooring: Sticks and Stones ; Landscape Architect: Mullett Brothers ; Pool: Water Designs of Sarasota; Photographer: Ryan Gamma Photography.