Florida Green Building Coalition - Kaye Residence, Sarasota, Florida
849 Siesta Key Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242
The Kaye Residence on Siesta Key overlooking Roberts Bay is situated on a peninsula with 360 degree water views. The structure was designed to maximize views so the homeowner would feel nature from every room & rooftop deck. The home is a three-story concrete & glass structure consisting of 13,000 sq ft floor space and 5,000 sq ft under air. It incorporates a Great Room with kitchen and dining area, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and an elevator. It’s ground floor has an outdoor kitchen, gym, pool, spa and pool bath. The rooftop has covered deck & garden, and a blanket of solar panels. The building has been awarded Leed Platinum. More >>
Florida Green Building Coalition
Posted On Wed September 25th 2019
Family Retreat Center
Owners requested a sanctuary to house large extended Family & Friends on their newly
purchased two acre heavily wooded tropical waterfront property, nested in a protected coastal
hammock on Manasota Key with Panoramic views of Lemon Bay including Private Island and
Fishing Docks. Emphasis was to be on Education and Recreation. The Wishlist included a
treehouse, swimming pool/spa, putting green and fishing. Highest priority was minimal
disturbance of the natural habitat and preserving all Live Oaks.
The architect’s design philosophy focuses on client’s health & wellness. They are asked ‘How do
you want the building to feel? What gives you a feeling of wellbeing and happiness – Is it
playful? Serene? A little of both? With an abundance of feedback, a Family Retreat Center was
A two-story concrete and glass building is created with Form & Pore exposed architectural
concrete, the exterior sheer walls giving a sense of solidity. The building is free of
ornamentation and favors rational detailing tempered with elements of lightness and grace.
The cantilevered concrete overhangs create balconies to expand the living space and provide
protection from the sun and tropical rainstorms. All rooms are graced with floor to ceiling glass
doors and windows to invite in natural light and exterior habitat. The house is comprised of
four components – It’s Center acts as common living space for gatherings; North & South
stairwells act as ‘bridges’ to 8 Private Suites for refuge; a plinth of outdoor space incorporates
pool/spa, outdoor kitchen and dining areas; large Live Oaks have been preserved and create
natural shade; a remote multi-purpose guesthouse with pool bath and outdoor shower
presently houses a ping pong table. There is abundant fishing at the dock and Manatees
abound in the mangroves…
This LEED Platinum Certified Building with its photo voltaic, 3 large battery system and cistern
can run off the grid, also will withstand the fierce island wind and tropical rainstorms.
The design approach was seeking to do more with less, including using salvaged steel and
recycled aluminum along with regional masonry units. Cypress wood ceiling, white oak
floors connect to the native landscape. Automated lighting control and shades that filter the
amount of sun allowed into the home.
Transitioning the client to modern, Sarasota style design tropical modern
The client treehouse wish was achieved.
Challenge – Maintaining the integrity of the hammock.
Posted On Fri October 18th 2019
Creating a peaceful retreat with a playful side for a large and loving family was the charge of architect Yehuda Inbar of Inbar Architecture, AIA. He had a two-acre heavily wooded waterfront property–nestled in a protected coastal hammock on Manasota Key–on which to place a house, with room for his clients, their five adult children, and thirteen grandchildren.
One of the highest priorities the couple insisted upon was minimal disturbance of the natural habitat and preservation of all the live oaks on the property. So enamored of the oaks were the owners that they asked Inbar to aim for the feeling of a tree house.
Inbar designed just that, creating a nine-bedroom, ten-bath home with 6,455 square feet under air that made the most of panoramic views over the property s private island and Lemon Bay. To ensure plenty of opportunities for recreation, the home includes a swimming pool and spa, a guest house with an outdoor shower, a putting green, and fishing docks. “For my design philosophy, I was focused on my clients’ health and wellness,” says Inbar. “I asked how they wanted the building to feel and what gave them a sense of wellness and joy. With an abundance of feedback, a family retreat center was born.”
The two-story concrete and glass building was created using form-and-pour architecturally exposed concrete. The exterior sheer walls give a sense of solidity. The building is free of ornamentation and favors rational detailing tempered with elements of lightness and grace,” explains Inbar.
The cantilevered concrete overhangs create balconies to expand the living space and provide protection from the sun and rain. All rooms are graced with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows to invite in natural light and the exterior habitat. The house is comprised of four components–it’s center acts as common living space for gatherings; north and south stairwells act as bridges to eight private suites; a plinth of outdoor space incorporates the pool, spa, and the outdoor kitchen, and dining areas; and a remote multi-purpose guest house features the pool bath and outdoor shower. “My design approach was seeking to do more with less, including using salvaged steel and recycled aluminum along with regional masonry units,” says Inbar. “I also connected the building to the native landscaping by way of cypress wood ceilings and white oak flooring. I also allowed lots of natural light in, but used automated lighting controls and shades to complement the natural shade produced by the live oaks I preserved.”
Such concern for the environment earned the home the designation of a “LEED Platinum Certified Building.” A photovoltaic three-battery system and cistern can run off the grid, and is designed to withstand any adverse weather condition. “The LEED Platinum certification on a home of this size and unique shape took extra attention to detail to ensure a high score,” says builder Brian Mayotte of BUILD, LLC. “We spent many hours figuring out how to work solar electrical, solar water heating, the cistern, and the battery backup into and around the existing hammock,” he says. “It was challenging, but we did it.
The home has a complete thermal enclosure system which includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high performance windows to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills. The HERS (Home Energy Rating) of the home is now minus 16, which means the home’s entire energy bill is actually minus $3.00. “Such attention to detail has earned BUILD a solid reputation for sticking to our core values of honesty, excellence, quality, character, longevity, and community,” says Mayotte. “Our service value is equal to our technical value, which creates loyalty from our clients.”
Creating enduring relationships with her clients is also important to interior designer Rosemary Chase. “Personal relationships develop and that’s the fulfilling part of what I do,” says Chase, who also relies on a close professional relationship with architect Inbar. “I work almost exclusively with Yehuda, who is, by far, the most talented architect I know. He and I work smoothly and in tandem on our projects.”
Chase followed the architect’s lead with a holistic approach to design. She says, “Every project is a new adventure, bringing challenges and excitement and each is an opportunity to grow. I found this project particularly enriching.”