To leverage its lakeside lot in a brand-new community, the 2006 New American Home presented a wide-shallow plan that delivered dramatic and multiple views and access to the water. Following the lead of its immediate predecessor, the 6,981-square-foot, two-level house focused on indoor-outdoor living, primarily with a stacked loggia design (each with its own kitchen and connected by an outdoor stair) and a private terrace behind a waterfall feature off of the master suite. A long, brick-paved patio connected those spaces and served a vanishing-edge pool that seems to flow straight into the lake.
Designed as a winter home for a semi-retired couple, the house evolved the concept of luxury living into what builder Alex Hannigan coined the "all about me" approach of the well-heeled baby boomer. But like the generation it serves, the house also had a soft spot for the environment, achieving a heady level of energy and resource efficiency. It also featured a dedicated home office and library loft above accessed by a separate entry to the driveway; a spa room, home theater, hobby/laundry area, and game room on the upper level, a wine cellar snuck in under the curving staircase of the entry rotunda; and a motor court serving four garage bays, one of which served as a workshop.
Rich wood, stone, and tile finishes abounded, especially in the kitchen. There, a massive tri-level island complete with three sinks (one of which provided a heating element) opened to a comfortable family room; a four-panel glass pocket door created a 16-by-10-foot opening to the loggia and outdoor kitchen. Among the innovations, a new soundproofing membrane, similar to housewrap, protected the home theater, while tankless water heaters provided on demand, water-saving service. To mitigate pests, the main-level loggia featured a motorized retractable screen, while the whole house was protected by a new, in-ground perimeter control system.
Builder/Designer: Hannigan Homes, Orlando; Architect: WCI Architecture & Land Planning/WCI Communities, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Interior Design: Saxon-Clark, Orlando; Landscape Design: Redmon Design Co., Maitland, Fla..
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The asking price of the house topped the $4 million mark, nearly doubling the program's record set the year before.