Building a one-of-a-kind custom or semi-custom luxury home can seem like a daunting task. Finding the perfect floor plan; ensuring the home reflects your personality and tastes; and finding a proper place for your cherished possessions.
But what if your cherished possession was a 16-rank, 876-pipe organ? Yes, the kind you typically see in a concert hall or church.
When Nancy and husband Bill Siebecker decided to move from Wisconsin to their favorite vacation spot of Sarasota, the move would have to include relocating Nancy’s mechanical-action organ built in Germany.
Nancy has been an organist for decades. She started playing when she was a teenager and developed a career as a church music director, college music teacher, coach to private students and a popular performer. In fact, this week she heads back home to Wisconsin to play a concert at her hometown church.
The Siebeckers settled on the Matera neighborhood of The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Matera offers homeowners the best of both worlds – the carefree lifestyle of a maintenance-free home and the enjoyment of a luxury single-family villa. But building this custom home wouldn’t all be carefree.
“We needed access to the instrument, so we needed a home where the ceilings were tall enough,” said Nancy.
That’s the initial reason the Siebeckers were interested in London Bay Homes’ Emilia floor plan. Nancy was worried. The pipe organ reaches up to 22 feet and the Emilia’s ceiling needed to be four feet higher to accommodate the instrument.
With more than 25 years of experience, London Bay Homes knows a thing or two about customizing floor plans to create dream homes.
Together, they modified the floor plan, enlarging the living room and raising the ceiling to 26 feet to accommodate the pipe organ. In addition, they added a second floor – Bill’s man cave/home office, which includes a sitting room, separate office area, storage closet, bathroom, library, kitchenette and balcony. The two-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home offers nearly 4,500 total square feet of A/C living.
“London Bay Homes was very supportive of us and what we needed of the house,” said Nancy.
Next month marks the two-year anniversary since the Siebeckers moved into their one-of-a-kind home. They head back to Wisconsin this week not only for Nancy’s concert, but also to close out their northern home, which they sold recently.
Want to start from scratch? Or want to design your home from an existing home design like the Siebeckers did? London Bay Homes has a process to help you create the home of your dreams, be it a new luxury, custom home build or a home renovation/condominium build-out.