October 2, 2014

Luxury Home + Design

Out is In 

Step into paradise: Both the lanai and family room are just a few steps away from the well-manicured lawn of the Perlmutters’ Moorings home.

A desire to blend indoor living areas with the outdoors inspired Leize and David Perlmutter to enlist the help of Naples architect Mark Leonardi to create a cool, modern new home. They leveled their original 2,500- square-foot house and built a 6,500-square-foot abode that allows them to enjoy all the beauty and warmth Southwest Florida has to offer.

Gathering spot: The huge lanai is "the outdoor space that collects everyone," says architect Mark Leonardi. The kitchen, dining room and family room all open to the lanai.

Light the way: Sunlight flows through the house from the lanai, below, and all of the "public" areas downstairs, giving the impression of always being outside.

Go with the flow: Leonardi used cedar beams at the entrance of the home, above, to echo design elements in the lanai. Left, a spillway from the spa.

Modern techniques: Bamboo floors give way to Italian sandstone flooring used in the family room and on the lanai. A stone fireplace with clean, simple lines is the central focus for the minimalist design.

Group effort: Landscape architect Robin Renfroe and Carlson-Harris General Contractors, both of Naples, collaborated with Leonardi to bring the Perlmutters’ vision to completion.

Just open up: Sixteen-foot sliding glass pocket doors act as unobtrusive barriers from the family room to the outdoor living area.

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