CREATING COASTAL CONTEMPORARY HOMES IN PARADISE

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Stephen Balut Studio Director, Sarasota, MHK Architecture, Office: 941-271-4408, Cell: 941-779-7832, sbalut@mhkarchitecture.com, mhkarchitecture.com.

BIRD KEY ABODE

This house on Bird Key is a paradigm of the coastal contemporary work that MHK is well known for. The elegantly detailed home integrates elements of the Old Florida style–metal roofs with narrow and deep overhangs, simulated lap siding, board and batten siding, brackets and corbels. The mass of the house is broken down into perfectly proportioned volumes to create a more intimate human scale with nooks and unique moments. Natural materials such as wood and stone are incorporated as tasteful accents throughout the house. Lighting design and home automation are state-of-the-art and designed to be upgraded for years into the future. Like all MHK legacy homes, this house is designed for stability, security, precision, and beauty.

“Our work is inspired by Florida Cracker homes in the vernacular context, landscape, and climate. It’s about designing homes that provide shade and relief from the harsh sun and celebrating the outdoors while at the same time providing security during intense weather systems. “We design fairly large houses, but we break them up in a way that feels very human-scaled and comfortable. We combine the indoor areas, often about 6,500 SF, with the outdoor area—often about 2,000 SF in a way that feels casually open yet intimate at the same time.”

Stephen Balut Studio Director, Sarasota, MHK Architecture, Office: 941-271-4408, Cell: 941-779-7832, sbalut@mhkarchitecture.com, mhkarchitecture.com.

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