Merit Award: Lightening Up

With new windows and a more open floor plan, a 1960s ranch house lets in the light.

This mid-century ranch on the Banana River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, was remodeled for a client who wanted to maximize the river view and incorporate a Miami-style resort feel without compromising the structure's compatibility with the neighborhood.

A touch of "mid-century" modern inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright was given to the breezeway with a ledgestone wall that flows from the outside through the entrance and into the kitchen.

The ledgestone wall offers a pleasing contrast with the kitchen's basic color palette and varied textrues. Nearly all of the home's original terrazzo floors were kept.

The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops and GE Monogram appliances.

Phil Kean Designs opened the home's interior so the living areas could flow one into another. Ceiling detail creates texture and depth.

The design of the dining room light fixture imitates the rhythm of the ceiling detail and helps define the seating area.

The open design plan allows for exterior views from any seating area.

Designers removed the home's original small windows and added sliding doors to better capture the dramatic view.

A new master suite with lanai were added to the end of the house. Retractable screens are incorporated into the lanai structure for insect control. In addition, a mosquito-control misting system was added to the home's entire back elevation.

This before photo shows the home's small windows and how original back yard didn't take advantage of the river.

The new lap pool and patio.

The lap pool adds strong design elements, while complementing the shape of the home and the lot.

The design takes full advantage of the natural evening drama at sunset.

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