The existing residence was cut off from exceptional views of SarasotaBay. The only access to the bay from the elevated house was by a narrow stair in the side yard. The renovation and addition opens the house to views and connects to the bay with a new twelve-foot wide stair carved out from the existing plinth.
The interior of the existing house was centered on a cavernous double height space lit by glass block windows. The addition adds a mezzanine level, an interior stair, dining wing, and a generous shaded porch on the bay side. A double height shaded window was created out of an existing wall to offer views to the bay from both the main and mezzanine level.
A new glass bridge extends through the house from the existing entry foyer to a transparent metal balcony on the bay side. Built-in glass bookcases for the storage and display of the owner’s colored-glass collection are accessed from the glass bridge.
Sixteen feet sliding doors were added to open the living to a shaded porch on the water. The roof of the new porch spans thirty feet over the elevated pool framing the long views over the bay. The angle of the porch ceiling directs the view to the water and to a nearby mangrove island. Two cuts in the same roof turn the large porch into a three dimensional sundial. The sun reflects onto the south portion of the pool and bounces light back onto the ceiling of this exterior volume.
1. Stucco Facade
2. Glass Bridge
3. Glass Railings
4. Exposed Steel Structure
5. Exposed Concrete
6. Custom Terrazzo