Florida Vacation Home Embraces 1920s Beach Style

Using elements featured in Thomas Edison's winter residence in Fort Myers, Fla., architect Clifford Scholz achieved the 1920s design aesthetic he wanted for this Vero Beach vacation spot while creating a home that would stand up to the harsh realities of being located directly on the Atlantic Ocean.
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October 26, 2015

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: Clifford Scholz

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: George Cott

Photo By: George Cott

Florida Coastal Home Inspired by Thomas Edison Winter Estate

Thomas Edison's winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., inspired design features of this coastal home such as a metal roof, raised foundation and expansive porches. The overall style mimics that of 1920s Florida architecture.

Metal Roof Stands Up to Sun, Sand

A metal roof stands up to the harsh sun and sand of Florida's Atlantic coast. Metal roofs have been popular for a century because of their weather resistance.

Expansive Veranda-Style Porches Adds Outdoor Living Space

Also popular during Edison's day were verandas. These expansive porches allow homeowners and their guests to enjoy the beach views and breezes while avoiding the harsh overhead sun.

Sweeping Views From Porch, Backyard

The resort-inspired backyard is perfect for entertaining lots of family and friends in this tropical vacation home right on the beach. Summers are well spent sitting on the patio sipping drinks and swimming in the pool. 

Sweeping Ceiling Distinguishes Great Room

A white linen theme is used all over the house, with artwork and ceiling structure distinguishing each room. The soaring ceiling in the great room separates it from the adjacent kitchen.

Hub of Family Activity

The great room connects the kitchen, living and dining spaces. Square columns create soft separation while the hardwood floors lead you form one room to the next. 

Cottage Kitchen With Island, Breakfast Bar

With two islands, lots of counter space and an elevated breakfast bar, the cottage-style kitchen is perfect for cooking and entertaining. Antique pendant lights illuminate the workspace and brings in an aged rustic look.

Seashell Wall Mural

A romantic wall of seashells and stone with a living wall planter full of roses is the perfect grand gesture to commemorate the completion of the home's construction

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