When award-winning architect, interior designer and builder Phil Kean saw this unique, nearly one-acre property facing a lake with golf course views as a backdrop, he knew he had found the perfect site to build a home. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, located in Orlando, Fla., is an exclusive gated community that attracts famous athletes and politicians. “I built a house here on spec for an imaginary client that I thought might buy it,” Kean says.
Considered to be one of the most sought-after architects in Florida, Kean likes to build all of his homes green using sustainable products. This innovative, 8,245-square-foot state-of-the-art, dual courtyard-style home is LEED certified gold and replete with many custom features. A modern stone veneer surrounds the custom front door designed by Kean, while solar panels convert sunlight into electricity for space conditioning and hot water systems. A Tesla Powerwall is used to store excess solar energy.
Inside, the elegant living room overlooks the Palm courtyard. Planned to feel like a glamorous yet intimate boutique hotel lobby, a massive wall of windows opens to the courtyard and then disappears completely into a wall to create the perfect indoor-outdoor living experience. “The concept of this home was that all of the glass would disappear and the house could live inside and out,” Kean says. Comfortable velvet-clad sofas in a charcoal hue are modern with traditional curves and grouped with low-slung armchairs covered in cream-colored linen from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Opposite, white leather-clad ottomans with chrome legs offer extra seating. A stunning LED chandelier designed by Kean adds shimmer to the sophisticated setting above Surya’s neutral-toned area rug in a geometric pattern that grounds the space in comfort.
The modern kitchen is minimalist designed with clean-lined, bright white cabinetry. A breakfast bar created with a live edge walnut slab intersects with a dark Caesarstone concrete island. Sophisticated, white leather-clad chairs that tuck beneath the bar rest on a base of stainless steel that extends neatly up the chair backs. An expanse of white and gray-veined porcelain flooring flows throughout the home to add elegance.
Two deep-seated Hickory Chair armchairs wrapped in charcoal velvet flank massive 10-foot-high wood doors that open to the foyer where a Bösendorfer baby grand piano holds court. Showcased behind the piano is a large abstract artwork entitled, The Stowaway Peers Out at the Speed of Light by artist James Rosenquist.
Perhaps one of the most unique areas in the home is a chilled wine room created with a custom racking system that displays over 400 wine bottles. A light gray Caesarstone bar separates the wine room from the dining area, where an Indonesian rosewood table with a metal base in an antique bronze echoes the dark metal finish around the windows. Armchairs upholstered in a sugar-white hue with delicately curving backs edge the table. On view through large windows, the pool courtyard sparkles with a custom knife-edge perimeter-overflow pool
Perfect for an active family lifestyle, the Palm courtyard, designed by landscape architect Corey Mills, opens to a spacious, turf-covered putting green.
A private elevator whisks family and friends up to a large rooftop terrace, where one of two summer kitchens can be found. Teak barstools cushioned in an outdoor Sunbrella fabric pull up to a custom bar with a white-quartz countertop that is perfect for dining alfresco. “The terrace has amazing views of the sunset, and night launches at Cape Canaveral are especially exciting and inspirational to watch from here,” Kean says.
Now, with the home complete, this spectacular sustainable residence is ideal for a family that wants to experience all that an indoor-outdoor Florida lifestyle affords.