Residential Architecture: Whitaker Bayou Residence

Located in a small gated community north of the city of Sarasota, this private residence benefits from a peninsula-like setting providing breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay to the north and south. Schimberg Group transformed the original Spanish Mediterranean builder home into a contemporary family abode.

By replacing much of the disproportionate shapes with new windows, changing the roof to a gray slate and painting the building, the exterior took on a stately presence on a traditional cul-de-sac. A rectangular modern pool now features a sun shelf and the connected spa is surrounded by zoysia grass and seems to float in the yard and flow to the Bay beyond.

The interior was gutted and every room was redesigned resulting in a loft-like living space with 10’ high arched windows, reminiscent of the original design but reworked to give the space an urban, beautifully lit interior. The kitchen is a masterpiece for any up-and-coming chef blending crisp, sleek white materials with rich, dark woods and accents of bright red. It is functional, exceptionally detailed, and has the “wow” factor these clients were looking to achieve.