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London Bay Homes embraces collaborations

by Kathy Gulvas
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London Bay Homes brings nearly three decades of homebuilding experience to every project it is involved in, offering a full suite of services that range from concept to completion.

Through its brand promise of “Private Label Living” – which ensures quality, attention to detail, and homes that are a unique expression of their residents’ distinctive tastes – homeowners are offered the reassurance of an enjoyable building process whether they’re working with the entire London Bay in-house team of designers or partnering with their preferred architects, designers or other outside vendors to create a truly custom home.

“Collaborating with other industry experts is always a tremendous experience for us,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes. “The creativity and ideas produced by a team of experts is virtually limitless.”

London Bay knows that there’s more to customization than simply choosing countertops or flooring. “From concept to completion, every home we create is ultimately an expression of each client’s personality,” said Wilson. “So, when homebuyers opt to form their own design teams, they have the assurance that these collaborations will produce the same kind of quality and stunning end results for which London Bay is known.”

The power of these kinds of partnerships is on full display at London Bay’s Port Royal custom estate home at 4395 Gordon Drive in Naples. The 4,667-square-foot, West Indies Coastal–inspired home overlooking Cutlass Cove and Keewaydin Island was created in collaboration with the award-winning team of John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects, Jennifer Stevens of Romanza Interior Design and Naples landscape architect Koby Kirwin of Exteriors by Koby Kirwin.

“Over the years, I’ve worked with London Bay Homes on numerous projects,” said Cooney. “It’s a good team. And when you have a team like that, the end result is a phenomenal product.”

At 4395 Gordon Drive, that means elements like a great room that maximizes stunning water views, a custom walnut-paneled wine room designed by Stevens that can accommodate approximately 300 bottles, and outdoor living spaces that include a custom pool with in-water benches and built-in spa, with fully outfitted outdoor kitchen and private dock.

The Port Royal estate also features a sophisticated design that blends honed stone and wood plank flooring, accent panels of exotic woods like sapele, anigre and walnut, and distinctive reglet details on walls and door frames to create a uniquely contemporary style that unifies the foyer, great room, wine cellar and study.

Lighting design paints rooms in different moods, highlights art and complements the airiness of a wood and tempered glass staircase.

Stevens’ interior palette eschews the expected white-on-white in favor of neutral taupes and ivories and accents of green and tan inspired by Kirwin’s lush landscape design.

“The contemporary elegance is recognizable in the clean-lined, large-scale upholstered furniture and in the sophisticated palette of finishes, including mixed metals, woods and leather,” said Jennifer Stevens, senior design director of Romanza.

The home also offers a large great room with two sitting areas for formal or casual gatherings. “The light coming off the cove in the morning fills this room with an ethereal feel for enjoying coffee on the sectional or gathering in the evening on the four smaller scale lounge chairs for cocktails and conversation while taking in the sunsets,” said Stevens.

Sliding glass doors from the great room open to a large outdoor living area with seating and dining space, an outdoor kitchen with two grills, including a circular EVO flattop built into the large freestanding island bar. State-of-the-art technology includes two 48-inch TVs, hidden audio and video equipment.

“The home features a more garden type of pool and backyard. It’s intimate, with a series of smaller spaces that gather around a pool complemented by the backdrop of Cutlass Cove and Keewaydin Island,” said Kirwin.

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