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FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE ONE AWARD-WINNING TEAM CREATES A CRISP, EDGY, YET ELEGANT HOME THAT ELEVATES WHAT IS EXPECTED IN THIS AFFLUENT PELICAN BAY NEIGHBORHOOD [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] INTERIOR DESIGN BY RANDI SCOTT AND TATUM JOHANSSON, CALUSA BAY DESIGN, NAPLES, FL DEVELOPER LESLIE SHERMAN, CALUSA BAY DEVELOPMENT, NAPLES, FL ARCHITECTURE BY RANDALL STOFFT AND JOHN COONEY, STOFFT COONEY ARCHITECTS, NAPLES, FL BUILDER MATT KNAUF, KNAUF-KOENIG GROUP, NAPLES, FL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE BY KOBY KIRWIN, EXTERIORS BY KOBY KIRWIN, NAPLES, FL LANDSCAPE DESIGN BY KEVIN SCHAFER, KEVIN SCHAFER AND ASSOCIATES, MARCO ISLAND, FL TEXT BY MARINA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER FREDERIKSON, BONITA SPRINGS, FL Developers, architects and designers hoping to create a client’s dream home don’t always strike a unique note — sometimes fresh inspiration is missing. But with a keen eye for client inclinations and a forward thinking, “let’s create something new” attitude, the team of developer Leslie Sherman, interior designers Randi Scott and Tatum Johansson, architect John Cooney and builder Matt Knauf have melded their considerable talents to get it “just right” in the 12 high-end home projects they’ve created together. In their most recent Pelican Bay project, a 5,400-square-foot, CBIA Sand Dollar Award-winning model home on a secluded lake lot, Cooney worked his magic to...

FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE: BREAKING NEW GROUND A DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM HITS ITS STRIDE WITH ANOTHER HOME RUN IN PELICAN BAY [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] It’s not always easy fitting a new home into an existing development...

FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE: COASTAL CHIC INSIDE AND OUT Tropical Oasis In Pelican Bay, 2017 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] THIS TROPICAL OASIS IN PELICAN BAY IS DESIGNED WITH SOPHISTICATED YET RELAXED INTERIORS THAT FLOW EFFORTLESSLY INTO ITS LUSH OUTDOOR SPACES. Nestled in the heart of Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla., is a sophisticated tropical oasis in the upscale waterfront community of Pelican Bay Woods. With remarkable vision, the dream team of Stofft Cooney Architects, Knauf-Koenig Group and Calusa Bay Design created this 7,166-square-foot estate home with a glorious outdoor area that flows effortlessly from the interior spaces. “We wanted to create a sophisticated yet casual lifestyle that brings the outside in, with entertaining as a key factor,” says Leslie Sherman, who is both the home’s developer and part of the design team. The project was seamless from beginning to end. “There were no major challenges, as this was a great site,” architect John Cooney says. “Leslie likes a contemporary twist with a tropical West Indies style, and the home developed well with an open plan that lives inside and out via its expansive floor to ceiling windows.” The result is an open entertaining space that is flooded with natural light. A neutral palette...

HOME & DESIGN MAGAZINE: BAY WATCH A Transitional Tropical Park Shore Retreat [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] Location, location, location — the real estate mantra is brought to life in this home on Doctor’s Bay, an inlet of Venetian Bay in Naples’ Park Shore community. The waterfront residence is an eclectic blend of traditional and modern architecture and design, inviting easy, breezy indoor as well as outdoor living. Architect Falconer Jones describes the style as a “mix of tropical and contemporary, with a few signature design elements such as the unique exterior corner treatments.” Built by Knauf-Koenig Group, the home sits on one-third of an acre with ideal southwest exposure, and beautiful views which set it apart. “As with any KKG home, the uniqueness is evident throughout in the woodworking, custom finishes, and attention to detail. This home has all that and then adds an indoor/outdoor lifestyle with amazing views of Venetian Bay,” explains Matt Knauf, CEO, Knauf-Koenig Group. COVER PHOTO: An unusual Davanti mahogany entry door with alternating horizontal glass and wood panels provides a focal point for the clean, airy lightness of the entire exterior. The approach to the four-car side-entry garage deliberately breaks with the formality of the typical driveway....

FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE - UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE STEALS THE SHOW Calusa Bay Design’s Style Is In High Demand, January 1, 2017 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] NAPLES ARCHITECTURAL AND DESIGN STYLE IS CHANGING. Gone are the Mediterranean castles that once were featured on every corner. Today a fresh, clean, simpler style dominates the Naples new construction marketplace. Influenced by British West Indies architecture, today’s new homes are serene and sophisticated, with an understated elegance. Calusa Bay Design has captured this trend beautifully, interpreting the fresh, breezy, coastal style that homeowners today want into their own blend of coastal chic design. Calusa Bay Design is not your typical Naples design firm. The company was born out of the Developer’s need for beautiful, tasteful, coastal interiors to perfectly complement the multi-million dollar homes for which Calusa Bay Development is known. And complement these homes they have, influencing all aspects of the home’s design from start to finish. With a hand in everything from collaborating on architectural plans, to specifying interior and exterior finishes, trim, and flooring, to designing cabinetry, scaling furniture and specifying stonework...

FLORIDA DESIGN MAGAZINE - NAPLES EDITION Creating Coastal Elegance, January 1, 2017 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] TO CREATE A LOOK OF CASUAL ELEGANCE FOR THIS SPACIOUS NAPLES HOME IN PELICAN BAY, A DESIGN TEAM ENHANCES A NEUTRAL PALETTE WITH COASTAL COLORS AND NATURAL LIGHT When builder Matt Knauf teamed with designers Leslie Sherman, Tatum Johansson and Michael Hayes to create this 6,786-square-foot spec home in Naples, Fla., they wanted to design a home that was casual, comfortable and elegant with a touch of coastal influence. “We were interested in building a clean coastal home with lighter finishes for walls and floors, and lighter stained wood elements outdoors,” Knauf says. “We wanted the finishes and design to be unique compared to some of the other homes in Naples.” From the beginning, Knauf liked this property because of its very private cul- de-sac location that was ideal for luscious landscaping. Working with the design team was a perfect collaboration from start to finish. “As a designer, it was a dream to be able to choose whatever we wanted, without limitations, in order to create a unique and appealing home for our clients,” Johansson says. ABOVE: In the lanai, a sectional and woven lounge chairs in neutral...

COASTAL CHIC - A UNIQUE TAKE ON CLASSIC DESIGN Home & Design Magazine, May 6, 2016 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] To create a sophisticated coastal dream home with a tropical flair was the intention of both Matt Knauf, owner and general contractor with Knauf-Koenig Group, and architect Falconer Jones of Falcon Design when they teamed up to work on this beauty of a home nestled on a quiet street in the heart of Pelican Bay. “We chose this lot because of its generous size, fantastic location, and southern exposure. It has a gorgeous backyard that opens up to create a spacious and private outdoor oasis. The difficulty was the cul de sac, our challenge was to design a home with fantastic curb appeal that maximizes the less than generous front yard space,” Knauf explains. To make the most of the lot, the team designed a unique floor plan that was both comfortable and luxurious. They wanted to come up with a fresh take on the popular coastal look. Their objective was to design an amazing home with every detail well thought out and executed with the highest quality craftsmanship. The result? An expansive 4,864 square foot, open concept, coastal dream home with...

FLORIDA WEEKLY: LUXE LIVING A Pelican Bay Beauty, February 11, 2016 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] ANOTHER HOME RUN FROM DESIGN DREAM TEAM. BY LINDA DONNELLY Special to Florida Weekly Combining the talented efforts of top luxury home professionals can often create “a perfect storm.” And in Naples, weather aside, this can occur when just the right group joins forces. On this stunning speculative project at 6600 Ridgewood Drive in Pelican Bay, a previously successful trifecta has essentially hit another home run. Calusa Bay Design’s Leslie Sherman, and Realtor/Broker Taber Tagliasacchi of Calusa Bay Properties identified this piece of land for their latest project. “Pelican Bay offers an amazing palette for a prospective buyer, including three miles of white sandy beach, oceanfront dining, 27 holes of golf and a vibrant tennis program, and all within walking distance of Waterside Shops, Artis— Naples and Mercato,” Ms. Sherman says. “It’s the best possible location for a new luxury estate home in all of Naples,” Ms. Tagliasacchi adds. Calusa tapped Matt Knauf of Knauf- Koenig Group and John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects to collaborate once again, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. “The oversize lot gave us the opportunity to create a gracious, updated home with maximum curb...

HOME & DESIGN MAGAZINE Rustic Contemporary, May 13, 2015 [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='10px' down='10px'] A MASTERFUL DEVELOPER’S “HOME WITH A SOUL” IN PELICAN BAY Wonderful things happen when talented people join together in a creative process. When Leslie Sherman of Calusa Bay Development began work on this 5,700 square foot home in Pelican Bay, she assembled a team comprised of top professionals who all share a common vision — to design and build exceptional, functional, unique living spaces. From an architect renowned for his impeccable design sense, to a general contractor with an eye for unique millwork design and incredible attention to detail, this team worked together to create a home that encompasses the best of modern living with classic design elements. “Each project starts with an exceptional location, and in this case, a huge lot in the heart of Pelican Bay, walking distance to the beach, with a beautiful view and the ability to provide an extremely private and well landscaped outdoor living space,” says Sherman. “From there the team worked to create a home that would maximize this lot’s many strengths, that of a home with a soul of its own, inspired by great design and artful craftsmanship, filled with natural...