50 s Nokomis House Takes on a Positive Look of Light and Air

By JOAN ALTABE
Architecture writer
Sarasota Herald Tribune
October 6, 1991

inbar-architect-press12When Tom and Betty Court of Nokomis decided to rework their residence, the plan was of such consequence that long-time friends who came to see the result couldn t find the house.

The wonder-working was by Yehuda Inbar, the Sarasota architect who recently transformed the Kensington Park Baptist Church from a storefront chapel to a readily identifiable house of worship.

The Courts house – built in the 50s with attending concrete bloc, shallow sloped roof, and flat ceilings – was dark and hot until Inbar re-designed it.

“The main design goals were natural light, ventilation and a fresh, positive look,” Inbar said. To that end, he introduced a large wood louver vent immediately below the roof line at the center of the truss, a triangular arrangement that forms the framework.

The vent is open to allow breezes to aerate the roof – in the way of oldtime Florida houses before the advent of air conditioning.

And, to admit light, mbar fashioned glass panels beneath the framework of the roof.

“It s organic – part of the landscape now,” said Inbar, referring to the natural light and air that streams through the house. “And, it s very honest,” he said. “You get. what you see. You see a vent. You get a vent. You see a roof. The ceiling follows the shape of the roof all the way through the building. The framework of the roof also is exposed inside. That s all it is: All there is on the inside is on the outside to see – very simple.”

Verv un-Sarasota, as well. “There s not a portico, pillar or Palladian window in sight – the main thrust being the emphasized triangle of the truss.

“It s a shocking kind of thing,” said Inbar, “and you think. where did that come from?”