Heaven by the water

housetrends Nov/Dec 2012
by Amy Diehl / photos by yourdigitalpro.com

Welcoming facade
DSC_5955Massive palms highlight the approach to this elegant property. The 6,000-square-foot home is sited on a pie shaped lot situated directly on the river. The facade of the house faces a quiet, private residential street and features a paver driveway leading up to a raised home entrance. The lot fans out from the road to a wider frontage on the river allowing space for the home to spread out as well with wings on either side of the central body of the home.

Built by Campagna Homes over an 18-month period, the home is exactly what these owners envisioned when they first purchased the waterfront lot several years earlier. “We bought the lot and held on to it for a while as we looked for a builder. We looked at so many homes but just could not find What we Wanted,» Tiffany Chrysakis explains. “Then, we walked into the Campagna model home up in Highlands at Innisbrook and said, ‘This is it.’ We built almost the exact model though we had to tweak it a bit to fit on the lot.”

The interior of the home features all of the public and entertaining spaces downstairs, with all the family bedrooms on the second floor. This is a modification from the original design. When the home was built six years ago, the master suite was located downstairs off to the right of the -5 main entrance. In a desire to keep the family closer together, the couple swapped out the upstairs game and family room space with the downstairs master suite. “lt was surprisingly easy how well they fit-” Tiffani says.

Now, the former master suite downstairs has been transformed into a family game room complete with pool table, game table and wet bar as well as a movie viewing room that can be separated from the action by drawing the lush chocolate silk drapes. A small private office finishes off the space. Upstairs, the former game room easily fits a large master suite complete with a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the infinity edge pool and the river beyond. A spacious master bath looks like it has always been there.

Also upstairs are three more en suite bedrooms for family and guests including a second full suite with a balcony and spectacular water views.

Mother Nature’s power
Taking advantage of the views was a primary goal in the design of this home. Upon entering, floor to ceiling windows reaching nearly 20 feet high are framed with cascades of ruby silk draperies. This is the focal point of the small formal living room, which also features an elegant fireplace.

Columns serve to break up the open space of the foyer and separate off the formal dining room, which the family uses primarily at the holidays. An adjacent butler’s pantry offers convenient, attractive storage options.

This home is designed with an elevator option, but these homeowners chose to put in a spacious wine cellar for Tiffany’s wine collection. The wood racks and brick floors are visible through the lovely iron window. The elevator shaft is still in place n case it should ever need to be converted back to its original function.

The large kitchen and family room share one open space and is where this family spends most of their time. Featuring rich granite countertops, wood cabinets and a spacious work island, the kitchen is perfect for preparing meals and is a favorite spot for gathering both family and friends. Bar stools offer comfortable counter seating and a table in the breakfast nook offers space for informal sit-down meals. The family room is totally geared for comfort with comfortable couches and chairs arranged for both TV watching or outdoor views. Glass doors open off this room to the pool and patio area.

Tiffany worked with Karen Campagna throughout the entire project on the designing and decoration of the home. “She really held our hand the whole way through,” Tiffany says. “From plumbing fixtures to light fixtures and beyond, she pulled it all together for us.”

Husband Mike Campagna, the general contractor, explains that for this waterfront home, they designed a special foundation with piling caps, grade beams and other engineering details to allow this luxurious home to easily weather the elements.

Al fresco activities
Pool46Outdoor living is very important to these homeowners and it shows. Tiffany, who grew up working in the family landscaping business, is an avid gardener and tends to the extensive splantings personally. She is also a pormer partner in a landscaping company with her brother, the well-known landscape designer Ryan Hughes. As she exclaims laughing, “the outside o the home is the most important part to me!”

Her husband, an avid fisherman, loves the fact that it is only steps aways form the association docks where he keeps his boat.

Fully-grown plantings and strategically placed pathways help create individual destinations within the backyard landscape, including a clubbing gym on one side of the property and a thatched roof picnic area adjacent to the waterfront beach area.

Large, covered porches accented with potted palms provide space for a full dining set, comfortable ensemble seating and a full outdoor kitchen complete with an eat-in counter and fireplace.

The piece-de-resistance of the home is the gorgeous, infinity edge swimming pool. Designed by Hughes for his sister’s home, the angular, infinity edge pool with Jacuzzi spa is gorgeous in its own right–yet, complements rather than competes with, the amazing river views beyond. Flaming fire pots are symmetrically placed on either side of the infinity edge of the pool to frame the panorama of boats, pelicans and manatees passing by.

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