Because of Boca Grande builder David Benner and Safety Harbor Builders reputation for quality, I was after Mr. Benner to provide him with home design services. He already hired me for my by-hand renderings, but I wanted to provide Safety Harbor Builders with more than artwork. Finally, I was rewarded with a home design project for David which would be to remodel his own home.
“Could you find a more delicate project?” I asked.
“What better way to test your customer and design skills.” He countered.
David had previously hired a Naples architect to design the addition. He agreed with me however, that the character of his home would be regrettably altered with the preliminary design offered. So, after a single on-site meeting I suggested something totally different which David was excited to see designed. So we began our own Task I, preliminary design, adding a 2nd floor to an already idyllic, 50 year old Naples bungalow. We needed to be very sensitive of the client’s desire for the remodeled home to look as though the new upper floor had always been there.
Collaborating with David and his interior designer, the new upper floor would have a guest bedroom, 1½ baths, a laundry and a bonus/guest room along with lots of conditioned storage, a mechanical room and of course, a new staircase.
Even though the upper floor’s front wall is on the same plane as the entry door door, we kept the main roof over the entry so that the upper floor appears to be in relief, or set back, from the main floor’s front entry. The client loved the effect, but I’ll let you be the judge.
Since this first “test,” we have been very happy to provide Safety Harbor Builders with a number of exciting hi-end home designs on beautiful Boca Grande for terrific customers.
Second-Story Addition Project Goals
- Add Second Story
- Bonus/Game Room
- 1 Guest Bed 1-1/2 Baths
- Laundry Room
- Additional First Floor Bath
- Maintain home aesthetics
Original Home Specification:
- 2 Bedroom + Media
- 2 Baths
- Living Area: 1617 sq. ft.
Remodeled Home Specifications:
- 4 Bedroom/Bonus
- 3½ Baths
- Living Area: 2541 sq. ft.