The program followed the Builder’s Show south to Orlando and into one of the country’s premier urban revitalization projects, a former Naval training center remade into Baldwin Park, for a luxury house that was decidedly introspective in its approach. The home’s attractive yet understated front façade, aided in its curb appeal by an alley-accessed/rear-loaded garage, shielded a dramatic and generous pool court around which the rest of the 6,200-square-foot floor plan—plus another 1,800 square feet in covered outdoor areas—congregated.
The signature element of the house is the massive outdoor living area off of an equal-size family room. Complete with a full outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and flat-screen television, and protected from the elements by a 30-foot-deep roof and a trio of arched openings to the vanishing-edge pool and courtyard, the space set a new standard in indoor-outdoor relationships; a series of accordion-fold patio doors enhanced that concept, enabling wide-open access to and from the adjacent conditioned indoor spaces. The idea was repeated directly above, as a similar treatment served the upper floor. A balcony wrapped around past a home office to an outdoor stair.
The rest of the house was pure luxury, from the dual-island kitchen with its concealed pantry and pasta faucet to the massive master suite featuring a separate laundry room and a spiral stair to the office above. There was also a library loft, a computer niche, home theater, under stair wine storage, and a tricked-out garage storage system, all of which helped justify its $2.5 million price tag … the first New American Home to topple that threshold.
Builder/Designer: Goehring & Morgan Construction, Orlando; Architect: BSB Design, Des Moines (Oviedo, Fla., office); Interior Design: Saxon-Clark, Orlando; Landscape Design: Knight, Kincaid and Associates, Orlando.
Did you know?
The house survived a trio of hurricanes during its construction, losing only a window to the storms.