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THE River Glen – Traditional Old Florida Home

Old Florida Custom Home

Located on one of the last, great, remaining Estero River lots in Lee County, Florida, the River Glen was designed for a delightful couple and their children. The fully engaged customers offered a number of great design ideas early in the floor plan preliminary design task. We like to have a number of conversations and if the client is available, at least a few meetings to discover particular desires of each family member. The open, great room floor plan with tons of outdoor living on both the main and upper floors, was decided upon quickly and within a two week period, the floor plans were approved with minor tweaks.

But he wanted a traditional “Old Florida,” style home with a metal roof, a broad column-lined front porch and because of the river frontage, a raised finished floor. She wanted the look to be much more “Contemporary,” a flatter roof, very clean lines, no mullions in the windows, deep overhangs and “not to look so high off of the ground!” We had our work cut out for us to design a home satisfying both approaches. A “New-Old Florida” style it had to be!

After providing 3D models which revealed the home’s massing as well as suggesting several different material options for windows and exterior walls, the clients decided on a home with a low pitch metal roof and deep over hangs. We kept the front porch but with a more modern spin on the columns. Surrounding the front porch is a planter to “terrace” the transition between the grade and the entry which has a 48” pivot door - a nice modern surprise.

The customer also wants to save as much energy and related costs as possible, so the hi-performance home is being built with our trademark ducts in conditioned space, paying special attention to the mechanical, HVAC design. Designing a super energy efficient home demands that nothing is overlooked, including specifying optimal insulation, a tight thermal envelope and Andersen windows, perfectly suited for our SW Florida climate.


  • 3 Bedroom + Den (4th Bedroom)
  • 4 Full Baths
  • 1 Half Bath

  • First Floor: 2431 sq. ft.
  • Second Floor: 1113 sq. ft.

  • Living Area: 3544 sq. ft.
  • Total Area: 5358 sq. ft.

  • Width: 79’10”
  • Depth: 66’10”