John McDonald Company, Jupiter, Fla.
Tanglewood Conservatories Denton, Md.
Davitt Design Build West Kingston, R.I.
Creating a new structure that fits, feels and complements an existing home is never easy. Throw into the mix various functional goals of the new spaces — along with numerous site limitations — and you’ve got the makings of a serious remodeling design challenge.
But, like all excellent remodeling design, the guest suite/golf cart garage married with a wonderful waterfront home in Jupiter, Fla., not only accomplishes its goals, but it also makes the completed whole amount to much greater than the sum of its parts. And that is why it won Gold and Best in Show awards from the Master Design Award judging team.
Key to the success of the project is its massing — its overall shape and balance. When viewed from across the lake, the remodeled home flows seamlessly together — angled lines on the existing home echo through the new structure. An elongated octagon cleverly serves as the central space providing sweeping views of the waterfront and a beautiful outdoor pool area. A curving white trellis, supported by a dozen Doric columns, links the old with the new. And it also offers a pleasant contrast to the corners and angles of the home.
And the interior spaces are an equal match to the exterior. The guest suite is visually anchored by a vaulted cypress ceiling. Numerous windows bring light deep into the interior.
“The exterior finishes, windows and doors were designed to blend in with the existing main house,” The designer, John McDonald of the John McDonald Co., in Jupiter, Fla., wrote for the project’s award-entry statement. “The interior design is an amazing finishing touch. It complements the main house as well as the exact personality of our clients — upbeat, gracious, completely comfortable and appealing to most everyone.”
No wonder they were picked to design and build the project.