Home of the Month: Where Mod Stands Out

This newly built home breezed through Hurricane Irma in style and kept its cool in an area where modern is still not prevalent.

  It’s difficult to say if modern home design is inherently cooler than typical architecture or if it just seems that way in Southwest Florida because we see so little of it. Regardless, this captivating four-bedroom (two master suites), four-and-a-half-bathroom, 4,768-square-foot-under-air home in Naples certainly stands on its own merits. It was designed by husband-and-wife team Michaela and Brandt Henning of Hlevel Architects, and the homeowner asked for a courtyard-style house that was “a showpiece—a house that would deliver stunning architectural features; tight lines; a big, beautiful kitchen; high ceilings; walls of windows … (under) a specific budget. Brandt Henning delivered something just astounding.” If that sounds like a happy customer who might come back for more, it is. In fact, Hlevel renovated this owner’s previous home, taking a forgettable concrete block ranch construction and turning it into an award-winning two-story modern treasure. But because of the footprint constraints of that house, it was never going to be the owners’ dream home. So Henning helped them find this corner waterfront lot and drafted this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Silver home, just the second of its kind in Collier County. (That means the home used green materials and practices wherever possible, making it more efficient and environmentally responsible than traditionally built structures.) The exteri
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