Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes today announced the start of construction of Ladera, a new 7,854 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf & Country Club on Williston Way.
The four bedroom, five full and two one-half bath estate is architecturally designed by John Cooney, AIA, Stofft Cooney Architects with interior design by Lou Shafran and Mark Vanagas of Pacifica Interior Designs, and architectural landscape design by Pat Trefz of Outside Productions International.
“Based upon the historic plantation homes of the Caribbean, Ladera is designed to be the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living enhancing the quintessential Naples casual lifestyle with some unique and luxurious modern elements,” says president Michael Diamond. “The transitional exterior features of gabled windows and clean lines are a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional,” he adds.
This spacious West Indies-style house offers an open floor plan with a great room layout and wide array of amenities. The layout is symmetrical, with rooms, doors and windows configured in careful relation to a central axis. “In pre-air-conditioned times, the arrangement made cross-ventilation a breeze, while high ceilings kept rooms cooler by encouraging warmer air to rise,” explains Diamond.
West Indies designed houses address heat, sunlight and generous rainfall by providing shade and protection from the elements, thanks, in part, to exterior window shutters hinged from the side or top, wide verandas, and front porches with generous overhangs.
Visitors are welcomed through an accentuated entrance featuring 10-foot tall iron and glass front entry door. The grand foyer has views extending all the way through the great room and to the lanai beyond. The back wall of the great room is glass and can be opened to the outdoors to enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The modern, bright gourmet kitchen is large and open to the great room and dining room. An island offers casual seating and great workspace nearby the sit down breakfast nook and walk-in pantry.
A 15-foot long vestibule sets the stage to the home’s clubroom designed with French doors and a large area ideal for television viewing and conversation.
The master suite offers unparalleled luxury with direct access to the outdoors. A key focal point of the master bedroom is a sitting area perfect for lounging or quiet reading. The master bathroom includes a spacious walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling glass, his and her separate vanities and walk in closets.
To the right of the home’s entry is a powder room. A formal dining room connects to the acclimatized wine room with wet bar and is the perfect entertainment center. Further down the hallway are two guestrooms with en-suite baths. A third VIP guest bedroom suite is located near the rear exterior of the house.
Key exterior features include a 3-car garage plus golf cart garage with overhead door and a cement tile gable roof design with decorative parapet extending above the roof edge on either end. Overhang is minimal due to exposed rafter ends. Windows are segmented with mullions and the extensive use of wood corbels and decorative brackets and shutters plus horizontal bands added to the top of the windows and doors to help channel rain to the sides.
Exterior elements include Anderson 400 Series vinyl-clad wood casement windows, fiberglass-clad wood French doors, upgraded waterproofing protocol for doors and windows, Stemwall construction with finished door elevations to 36” above road for spectacular lake and golf views, CBS construction with poured concrete tie beams, rigid board insulation exterior block walls, Icynene insulation with fresh air/dehumidification system, sound-proofing insulation at all bathrooms and laundry room, high efficiency HVAC equipment, two gas tankless water heaters with recirculating system, Boral TileSealTM peel-and-stick underlayment over #30 felt dry-in, Galvalume top and valley roof flashing systems.
Key interior design highlights include beamed ceilings in great room, 12” 2-piece paint grade custom design baseboards, 2-piece paint grade custom crown moldings, 4” door and window casings, Emtek interior hardware, 8’ tall solid core raised panel interior doors with applied moldings, 1⁄4” plate glass mirrors with wood casing, walk-in shower in master bath with glass wall, frameless shower enclosed guest baths, hand-troweled smooth drywall walls with light textured hand-troweled ceilings, moisture-resistant concrete board surrounding wet areas and 5/8” steel-troweled smooth finished stucco over concrete block
Luxurious touches include mud-set stone or wood flooring in the foyer, great room, dining room, kitchen and nook; marble flooring master and guest bath floors and all wet areas, wood flooring in study and master bedroom and designer carpet with upgraded padding in guest bedrooms.
Custom wood cabinets throughout with Blumotion drawer glides, dovetail drawer boxes and custom applied moldings as well as custom designed built-ins in great room and study. The gourmet kitchen a features Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, Whirlpool Duet Series washer and dryer, a custom-designed kitchen hood and a built-in wine refrigerator with custom cabinetry and glass doors.
Modern audio and home automation and lighting control systems include whole home distributed audio with in-ceiling speakers with keypads throughout six zones.
The outdoor living space is mainly undercover and available to use year round with key features like the lanai ceiling of tongue-and-groove cypress, motorized retractable screens and an outdoor fireplace. The poolscape plan features a multi-level travertine pool deck, an infinity edge pool and fire pit. The outdoor kitchen with cypress cabinet doors and granite countertops is perfect for entertaining family and friends.
About Diamond Custom Homes
Press coverage by WCG. Diamond Custom Homes creates and renovates luxury residences for discerning homeowners in Southwest Florida’s most prestigious communities. The firm is known for its quality craftsmanship and the creativeness of its custom designs. Their offices are located at 6646 Willow Park Drive, Suite 5, in Naples. For more information, call 239-325-4600 or visit DiamondCustomHomesFL.com.