garden residence
sarasota, florida

Situated on half an acre, this 4,300 SF home was designed to reflect the owner’s desire for a minimalist home in which they could equally live and entertain. Set in a suburban neighborhood, the challenge was to create a layout that would maximize views of the meandering creek and water throughout, while still addressing the need for privacy.

To achieve this, the sequence of arrival begins the water narrative. Stepping stones lead past the entry pool and fountain. Once inside, the main living areas unfold without ever losing a connection to water. Walls and windows are purposefully placed to provide privacy while opening up to water and sky. Sliding glass doors, vistas down long corridors, and transom windows grant natural light throughout the course of the day.

Centrally located, the kitchen opens to the dining and living room. Natural quartzite countertops and a glass-tile backsplash continue the unembellished aesthetic. A distinctive stairway of solid cedar wood orchestrates the daily journey from public to private spaces upstairs while a playful landing overlooks the pool. Creating natural cross ventilation, sliding glass doors disappear in the living room, opening to the pool terrace on one side and outdoor deck on the other. The living experience extends from interiors to exteriors where wide overhangs provide protection from the elements.

Advanced technologies include smartphone-operated Lutron lighting, security, and entertainment; and electric smart glass adjusts in opacity, avoiding the need for blinds. Green aspects include energy efficient windows, LED lighting, and Energy star appliances. Sliding glass doors and a well-insulated building envelope minimize the use of air-conditioning. Low-flow plumbing fixtures save water.


The result is a sustainable design where light and form balance with the natural environment, enhancing its setting while remaining partner to it.

Built by FHM Construction
Photography by Ryan Gamma