To conserve square footage, architect Mike Stauffer eliminated hallways in favor of pass-through spaces. Furnished and cozy, the loft makes use of what would otherwise be wasted space.
Each delicate arm of a cable chandelier holds a frosted lamp wrapped in white flight paper. "It feels like seagulls flying in the air," says Linda. "It's one of those little subtle stories."
Connected to both guest and kids' bedrooms, the loft area provides a space to kick back, relax, and connect with friends and family before retiring for the evening.
The sleek, modern Energy Star® ceiling fan complements the space's muted mocha color palette and emphasis on clean, masculine lines.
Inspired by the design of classic coastal widows' walks and cupolas, the home's light tower infuses the loft space with natural light via clerestory windows. The ceiling, clad in pickled pecky cypress, pays a nod to time-honored Florida building materials.
Bold graphic prints pair well with cool lime-green upholstery fabrics. Making use of every inch of space, the leather sofa opens out to a full-sized sleeper.
Designed to resemble inverted chain-hung pendant lights, table lamps provide just the right mix of industrial meets nautical.
The distressed texture of engineered hickory flooring serves as a nice foil to the space's modern sleek furnishings and accessories.
From the comfort of the loft, once can control home lighting, security, audio, temperature and more via a smart tablet.
Stainless steel cable visually expands the interior and offers a subtle nod to nautical design.
Double-pane insulated glass windows capture the historic charm of Florida's early shingle-style vacation homes with the energy efficiency of modern design.
A timepiece perpetually set at 5 o'clock also serves a design purpose. "We have all these layers happening in that area and we have light and dark," says Linda. "It was a balancing act with all the squares in the lower hall. It was just the dark we needed."
The chandelier's wispy paper diffusers resemble sea birds in flight.
A rustic chest of drawers provides storage and tabletop surface to display a 40-inch LED TV. A sepia-tone photo on fine art paper by Jacksonville Beach artist John Kuss draws the eye.
"I liked the way its organic shape looked," says Linda of a driftwood sculpture set atop a pedestal. "The space had more of a hard-edged, masculine feel and the piece of driftwood was soft and curvy."
Artwork makes a subtle connection between home and location. "When you are at the beach, you don't need paintings of seagulls," says Linda.
With a color palette directly connected to views, the loft proves both rich and understated. "It's a very clean, tailored masculine vibe," says Linda.