A Room with a view

housetrends April/May 2011
by Danielle Krouse | Photos by Johan Roetz

Couple builds home that focuses on picturesque property

Truly Tuscan


The homeowners knew they wanted a Mediterranean-style home, a many of the homes in Tampa are, but they really wanted to focus on a Tuscan-specific look, which started with the exterior of the home. The home builder, Campagna Homes, was able to showcase this specific look with brick detailing around the windows, which gives the home that special Tuscan flair, especially when paired with columns as you reach the front door.

Once inside, the home opens up to high, beamed ceilings and rustic wood flooring, with an overall warm color scheme. There is a hallway, complete with a barrel ceiling that runs the entire width of the house, which the homeowners call “the gallery.” The living room and dining room sit across from one another with the bar and wine cellar close at hand. The homeowners chose this layout to create a space where guests would naturally come together. “When people come to the house, instead of congregating in the kitchen like in so many houses, they automatically go to the bar, which is within this entertaining are we created,” says the homeowner.

Although the kitchen may not be a gathering place for their guests, it is a spot where the homeowners spend a lot of their time. One side of the kitchen features a breakfast bar with a coffeemaker and microwave—an ideal space to grab a quick piece of toast in the morning. This is also the only section of the kitchen that features overhead cabinetry. There are pullout drawers built into the island, which is what the homeowners use for all their kitchen storage needs. More brickwork can be found around the range for a dramatic Tuscan look in keeping with the Mediterranean theme.

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