Matthew Fowler, Architect
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Von Phister House

This concrete and wood-frame house is located in the Casa Marina district of Key West, FL. The existing structure was completely gutted and a new second floor and rear porch were added. A large double-height great room with expansive living area, kitchen, and built-in banquette dining now opens to a new swimming pool and fountain at the rear. New bedrooms open porches, terraces, and lush tropical gardens at the front. A new second floor loft/guest bedroom overlooks the double-height great room, and a new balcony overlooks the front gardens. Materials include extensive use of travertine tile and bamboo to enhance the tropical theme and setting.
Von Phister House - Street View
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A view of the front facade and enclosed front yard. The yard is lushly landscaped with tropical planting and enclosed by a bamboo fence.
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Von Phister House - Street View
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A view of the lushly planted front yard and gold colored gravel parking area. A six foot high bamboo fence provides added privacy. The front porch can be seen to the left and a balcony with cable railing and double french doors can be seen above.
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Von Phister House Garden Entry
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A view of the entry gate through the front yard and on through the entire house towards the rear water fountain feature in the rear yard.
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Von Phister House Entry
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A view from the entry illustrating the long axis through the entire house from the entry to the rear swimming pool water feature. With the front double french doors open and the rear 18'-0" wide Nana bi-fold doors open, the house is truly entirely open to tropical indoor-outdoor living.
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Von Phister House Entry Hall
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A view down the entry hall towards the great room and rear swimming pool terrace. The ceilings are 10'-0" high and doors are 8'-0" high, creating a sense of grandeur and formality. Antique wood columns and a gilded mirror also add to the character of the space. The swimming pool water feature with iridescent copper glass mosaic tiles can be seen in the far distance.
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Von Phister House Rear Terrace
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A covered porch overlooking the swimming pool and modern water feature is furnished with bright tropical-hued Adirondack chairs. The water feature is made of iridescent copper glass mosaic tiles, and a constant streaming sheet of water produces a soothing background sound. Lush planting of Areca palms provides complete privacy.
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Von Phister House Pool and Fountain
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A view of the metallic copper glass mosaic tiled swimming pool fountain and coping. The terrace is tiled in large format 18 x 18 Jerusalem travertine stone.
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Von Phister House Rear Facade
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A complete view of the rear facade, including the swimming pool, covered terrace, and great room interior. The entry with french doors can be seen in far distance at the center.
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Von Phister House Rear Terrace
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Tropical living in Key West with indoor outdoor living! An 18'-0" wide bi-fold Nana door fully opens to allow complete access from the double-height great room to the rear swimming pool terrace.
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Von Phister House Rear Porch
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Another view of the rear facade, covered porch, and swimming pool terrace. White windows, shutters, and trim contrast with warm colored yellow stucco and board and batten wood siding.
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Von Phister House Rear Terraces
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A view of the rear swimming pool, covered terrace, and sun terrace beyond. The bi-fold doors may be opened completely to provide a generous 18'-0" wide opening for true indoor outdoor living.
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Von Phister House Great Room
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A warm colored double-height great room overlooks the rear swimming pool area. An open living area is furnished with leopard patterned upholstered club chairs. Built-in shelving and railings made of bamboo bring a distinct tropical flavor to the interior. Custom-made wood-framed panels slide to close off and provide privacy for the upstairs loft area.
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Von Phister House Kitchen and Dining Area
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The kitchen area is completely open to the living area and includes a built-in banquette for dining. The kitchen is modern in character with flat front natural beech wood lower cabinets and glass front upper cabinets. Appliances are stainless steel as well as the drop-in sink and faucets. The countertops are made of large format porcelain terrazzo-patterned tiles trimmed in bee...More
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Von Phister House Great Room
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A view from the banquette seating area towards the living area. Glass pendant track lighting provides illumination in the kitchen and dining area.
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Von Phister House Kitchen
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A view of the kitchen area showing the beech cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and pantry, and laundry room beyond. The countertops are made of terrazzo patterned porcelain tile trimmed in beech.
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Von Phister House Master Bathroom
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A view of the master bath with double vanity with glass mosaic tile counter and backsplash. The vanity has two vessel sinks with wall mounted stainless steel faucets. A frosted glass partition provides privacy for the toilet area and for the open shower. The shower floor and curb are also glass mosaic tile. French doors from the shower provide views and access to the bamboo fen...More
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Von Phister House Loft
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A view of the upstairs loft area overlooking the great room below. The room can also be closed off with sliding wood-framed frosted panels to function as a guest room. Bamboo railings and bamboo floors reinforce the tropical Key West theme.
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Von Phister House Loft/Guest Bedroom
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A view of the loft/guest bedroom, which overlooks the great room. Custom bamboo handrails provide protection, relate to the bamboo flooring, and enhance the tropical theme. Large sliding frosted glass panels may be closed when needed to provide privacy for use as a guest bedroom.
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Von Phister House Loft/Guest Bedroom Handrail
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A detail view of the custom bamboo handrails in the loft/guest bedroom e great room. The handrails provide protection, relate to the bamboo flooring, and enhance the tropical theme. Large sliding frosted glass panels may be closed when needed to provide privacy for use as a guest bedroom.
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Von Phister House Front Balcony
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A view of the front balcony overlooking the lushly landscaped front gardens. The balcony railing is composed of a wood top rail and posts, painted white to match the window and door trim, with stainless steel cables below. The stainless steel cables provide a nautical look in keeping with Key West and permit more open views. The french doors may be left open and the louvered ...More
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Von Phister House Front Porch
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A view of the front covered porch adjacent to the entry. A six foot high bamboo fence encloses the entire front yard and provides privacy for this area. Rich tropical landscaping also enhances the setting. Full length curtains also can provide further privacy and protection for the outdoor furniture as needed.
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