The Andalucia model offers the ideal Florida lifestyle in the Tuscan-inspired community of The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch. This custom home encompasses 5,118 square feet and features a British West Indies exterior. The open concept includes a great room, a bonus room, a large kitchen and a guest suite.
Overall, the Andalucia model boasts an organic and contemporary feel for comfortable family living.
We sat down with ARH Senior Designer, Cindy Alander, to learn more about this model home and the design challenges that are involved with designing a home of this magnitude.
How would you describe the style of this model?
The overall feel is that of a contemporary resort. This concept is expressed through high-end furnishings and finishes, expansive outdoor living areas and the beautiful pool with its unique water features. The furnishings trend contemporary in style with sleek materials and finishes, yet they are organic and warm. I included some unique, artistic pieces of furniture that would identify a more curated look – as one might see in a high-end resort.
What did you enjoy most about this particular project?
This new Andalucia plan has many unique living spaces, which gave me the opportunity to differentiate each space with its own identity. However, each space is still connected to the core design concept.
For example, the Bonus Room is in a unique position on the opposite wall of the Great Room and shares the same fireplace opening. It was challenging and fun to express those rooms in very different ways – right down to the extremely different treatment of the fireplace face and surrounds.
This plan also connects all of the main living areas and the master suite directly to the outside. When all of the expansive sliding glass doors are opened, the home is completely open to the many outdoor living spaces.
What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?
There are so many – hard to pick just one! I REALLY love the 2-sided fireplace at the heart of this plan. It provides the opportunity to detail two different fireplace surrounds – with only the cost and space of one fireplace!
What was the biggest challenge for you during this particular project?
This is a new plan unlike anything we have done before. Because of this, there were many tweaks during the process to improve details and finishes. Since the interior scheme is tied to details, this involved some shifts as we went along. As such, every inch of this home has been thoughtfully considered. The end result reflects that level of scrutiny.
What distinguishes this model from other projects you have worked on?
The unique positioning of spaces in this new plan provided opportunities to do some different things. As noted above, it was challenging and fun to work with spaces so connected visually to each other and to the common outdoor spaces.
About Cindy Alander
Cindy Alander is a licensed interior designer with experience in high-end residential, corporate and hospitality design. She has been with ARH for over 16 years and has completed model homes throughout the markets of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana.
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