Florida One Story Update

A one story home built on a slab was renovated for more comfortable and open spaces. The courtyard was paved and entry door changed. The focus was Zen with peaceful and calming spaces that were not devoid of color. Almost every room got a make over, if not major surgery. Care was taken to capitalize on the views and natural light while providing a soothing retreat from city life.
Calming Courtyard
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The entry courtyard for a relaxing urban retreat. Photo by Sheree Schold
“I love the way the light bounces off walls, leaves, branches, pots and the like in this court yard.” — Interiors Unleashed
Pool Side Zen
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Semi-tropical back yard pool where less is more. Photo by Sheree Schold
“Pool” — moniquer
Simple Lines and Peaceful Space
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Glass tile, glazed striped unglazed tile, hanging vanities, soaking tub, and walk-in shower. Photo by Brett Drury
“para colgar toallas” — ssantosv
Porch Entry
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Asian and Craftsman influences are apparent in the custom over door trim. The trim brings the eyes up and adds height to the low ceiling. The strong dark door color draws you to the entrance. The beveled glass adds sparkle and shine as well as promising you of more interesting things inside. Antique glass shades were added to the big box store light fixtures. Simple pots a...More
“Door” — kerrybeebe
Bathroom Towel Storage
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A wire wall planter is reused and repurposed for hand towels in this guest bath. A circular design element is repeated in the planter, the wall sconces, and the wall mirrors. The mirrors are very similar but not identical. All this, plus the playful Japanese Block Print add interest to an otherwise dull space.
“wall color” — mommb
Minimal Master Bath
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This peaceful master bath uses large unglazed floor tiles that have a glaze stripe that is subtle and soothing. The 2' x 2' floor tiles are used to front the tub deck. Smaller matching tiles are used for shower walls and even smaller for the shower floor. The floor tile is nonslip. Glass tile is used on the tub deck and vanity walls. Vanity is floating with large pull out sto...More
“Tub surround” — Marianne Jones
Open Living Space
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This open feeling space has had walls removed between the living and dining area. There are areas of high ceiling and low ceiling that help define rooms within rooms or spaces within the space. Colorful Zen is possible when using colors at the same dark to light value that harmonize instead of contrast. The low ceiling of the bar area helps define it while the buffet used as...More
“colours” — agbullen
Rooms Within Rooms
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This is an update of an early 1980's one story home. The long living space was divided into three sections: a comfortable area by the fireplace; a small television and conversation area; and, a book nook. The book nook was created by lowering and flattening out the ceiling at the end of the vaulted ceiling space. The nook table is used as often for casual dining and games as...More
“Console bookcase” — tamea
Subtle Glamor at the Toilet
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Glass tile on the wall behind the toilet is a subtle way to liven things up. In this master bathroom renovation, the dark glass wall also helped balance the tile that was used on the tub deck and on walls behind the vanities. Architectural detail was added via simple painted wood molding separating this space in an open concept. The molding adds detail to the large wall by c...More
Hanging Vanity with Storage
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A plumber installs the new sink in this master bath renovation. The hanging wall vanity provides deep storage at the sink with full pull out drawer. Further storage is provided with the medicine cabinet above the sink. A mirror door on the medicine cabinet is yet to be installed in this photo. Sheree Schold designed the custom hanging wall vanity, the medicine, cabinet and ...More
“Vanity drawer” — Channing Pierce
Walk In Shower Without Glass Doors or Curtains
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This open shower is fabulous with no glass to clean or curtains to wash. The shower floor is below the grade of the bathroom making it easy to step into. It is open and light filled. The easy position shower head on the tall wall makes it a great space for tall folks, little ones, or washing the dog.
“lowered floor for shower” — hmv1970
Lift The Eye and The Cabinets
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The original cabinets were refinished and reused in this kitchen renovation. The low cabinets over the cooktop were lifted to ceiling height to allow for a new induction cooktop and stainless steel hood. Lifting the cabinets allowed reuse while meeting new building codes. As a plus the lift brings the eye up making this low ceiling kitchen seem taller. This is a nice trick ...More
“accent height on cabinet hood” — Shelley Johnson
Ceiling Changes Get Interesting
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Ceiling changes can add interest when highlighted with color and light. The back nook in this space was created by lowering and flattening the ceiling. A different color on the walls in the nook help create the room within a room. A drop in ceiling height at the dining area is highlighted with another color on the tall wall adjacent to it.
“book nook” — Interiors Unleashed
Colorful and Calm
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It seems as if there is a tree growing in the middle of this house, but it is a Drake Elm tree growing in the middle of an open center courtyard.
Colorful and Calm
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The drive through portico separates the courtyard from the front yard and street.
“otopark” — ebluu
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The portico viewed from the front house entry, is not as far as it seems. The Drake Elm tree on the right shades the private courtyard from the hot Florida sun.
“Liker taket” — ralbox
Colorful and Calm
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From inside the iron gates you can see the portico or covered porch over part of the circular drive. The drive was widened with a nice curve, giving a spacious and welcoming feel for guests exiting either side of a vehicle. The low wall of the curve serves as a bench and flowers add to the privacy of the house and entry.
“our gate” — Wendell Lord
Colorful and Calm
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There is a laid back quiet and very private feel to this courtyard. It is open to the sky and open to the street via the covered portico and iron gates. Yet, the low roof line and the horizontal lines give the space a sense of calm. The sculptural iron chairs add a bit of whimsey and fun.
“this is it” — aracelitceja
Colorful and Calm
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The low horizontal lines, low contrast colors, container plants, overhanging Live Oak trees and center Drake Elm tree all seem to direct you to the front doors while relaxing and calming your spirit. The glazed Vietnamese pots add texture and shine to the courtyard without overwhelming or spoiling the Zen like quality of the space.
“Textures, greens and purple” — Mary Helen Scott-Lewis
Colorful and Calm
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The main living space of the house can be seen here, from the dining area. Brown, tan, blue, and green wall paint help separate various spaces. The green wall is part of the dining area and has a buffet for serving. The blue wall is a bar area with walk way through to the kitchen. The brown wall is part of the living room area and the tan wall is a smaller area for reading ...More
“color combo of blue and green. Kitchen dining are?” — curlyrockx
Colorful and Calm
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This blue wall and doorway both show up well from the guest sleeping quarter hallway. The blue connects to the blue water of the pool that can be seen from the guest hall. This helps with way finding. In simple terms it helps guest walk through the bar area to the kitchen and out to the pool instead of going through the living room. It works.
“yes” — Sunil Soni
Colorful and Calm
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This house has no windows on the front facade. The roof is low with a low pitch. The horizontal lines give it a relaxed and Zen like appeal.
“Color” — John Bourland
Colorful and Calm
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Old school Florida block house maintains its original relaxed semi-topical feel with updated color and clean lines. The look is Zen, an eclectic Asian meets old Florida.
“Roofline” — mainstgal
Colorful and Calm
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Craftsman doors work well with the low horizontal lines of this home. The Craftsman door trim was given an Asian flare by using molding to build up the top with a curve. The tall Vietnamese glazed pots filled with spider plants and orchids also add an Asian feel to the entry. Traditional sconces were improved by switching the short sconce glass to much longer antique ones. ...More
“Stucco walls . Brick floor” — blckdg
Colorful and Calm
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When you leave the covered portico, the courtyard opens up. The house appears to have dark interiors when viewed from the street, but even the courtyard is an open and bright oasis.
“colo scheme” — junglegal
Colorful and Calm
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Landscape lighting gives low lighting to the covered portico. The open courtyard is a private retreat from the street.
“lighting” — gimakathy
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The portico area on the courtyard side of the iron fence and iron gates stays cool in the sub tropical heat. This is a nice place to relax and read or to wait for the arrival of guests.
“safe yet inviting” — desper8_housewife
Colorful and Calm
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Driving under the portico, you get a glimpse the interior courtyard. Iron fence and gates make the courtyard private and separate the courtyard from the portico. Landscape lighting keeps it all low key and Zen like after the sun goes down.
“gates” — sandiuys
Colorful and Calm
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Large moss draped Live Oak trees and mature azaleas flank the circular drive.
“landscaping” — jojo3175
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The entry of this home is functional. The chest has plenty of drawers for keys and gloves... Since there is no entry closet, the bench on the right is the perfect place for guest coats, should someone actually wear one. A wall hook holds purses and umbrellas. An Asian style planter serves as an umbrella stand, umbrellas are a necessity in the summer. The brighter light ent...More
“i love the color apple green” — Elaine Johnson
Colorful and Calm
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The blue curtains of this dining space work with other areas of the open concept main living of this house. They add color without contrast to the green walls and relate to the sky of the open courtyard. They are not the same fabric or blue as the French chairs, but of the same hue family. The sheers help soften the sharp edges of the hurricane strength replacement windows an...More
“Dining room chairs” — sopi
Colorful and Calm
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Just off the entry is the dining area. This dining room looks out into the private courtyard. Since the roof is seen from the dining room, the roof shingles were chosen very carefully. They are architectural dimensional shingles. The Zen like appeal of the courtyard flows into the dining space. The dining room walls are the same color as the courtyard exterior walls, blend...More
“positioning curtain” — jbenas
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