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Mirrored in the lake, the homes glow from within through expansive windows from Andersen Windows & Doors, sourced through Naples Lumber. Architect Steven Jallad of MHK Architecture points out that, conversely, “This image beautifully captures an element we strive for in our design, which is bringing in light from the outside. As much light as you see pouring out, that much will pour in to create a light and airy daytime interior.” Decorative diagonal brackets under the roof trusses tie the homes together.


is a man of incredible vision. When he and his interior designer wife, Lorraine Paige, first espied the Pine Ridge Estates property that was to become their labor of love, it had been in foreclosure for five years. “The lake was covered in green slime, the riprap rock edging was black, and the shallows were crowded with weeds,” recalls Friedman. Together with landscape architect Keith Morrow of Morrow Design Studio, Friedman directed the expansion of the lake and construction of a bulkhead around it, giving the water feature a smooth, flat edge, and the property a second driveway. Landscaped with littoral plants and later enhanced with a lighted fountain, the lake became the focal point of the property. u



Entry: The silvery latan palm trees will eventually top the roof, and the duo of sago palms will expand to four feet wide. At 10 feet high and 16 feet wide, the custom steel and glass doors provide a view through the rear of the house. To accent the airy, lightfilled entry, the design team chose to forego a knee wall in the staircase. White oak flooring continues up the stair treads. 225

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Lanai: The lanai boasts ambiance and convenience with a gas fireplace and wall-mounted television, providing outdoor entertainment. Roll-down shutters and screens can be easily lowered to provide protection against the elements. Rows of perfectly placed recessed lights march across the ceilings throughout the home. “We had a lighting study completed for us,” explains Friedman. “As a result, we installed 150 recessed lights. You can never have too much light — it can always be dimmed.”


Kitchen: Paige surrounded a Cristallo-topped island with Loom rope weave counter stools by Essentials for Living and illuminated the seating area with a trio of pendants from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The indoor-outdoor concept gets a boost from the custom installation of a NanaWall bi-level folding glass wall, which traverses a second island that bisects the outdoor living area. With no center post to obstruct the view, the transition is seamless.

The couple then formed a game plan — renovate the guest house and move into it, then raze the main house and build anew. Friedman drew on his experience as a division president for WCI, choosing MHK Architecture for the design work. “We sat down with the MHK team, and they designed four different houses! It took two years to design the house and 13 months to build it. So, I’d say patience was the most important part of the project,” emphasizes Friedman. 229

Siting the 7,400-square-foot home on the 1.67-acre property was the team’s primary focus. Architect with MHK Architecture Steven Jallad says, “The question of how to capture the experience of the lake at the front and the pool in the rear dictated the design. The see-through living room that opens to both places gives the home that anchor.” It turned out to be one of his favorite pieces of the design. u

Friedman notes that the home “couldn’t be in a better location. You’re five minutes from everything, but you feel like you’re in the country.” Part of that impression is owed to the meticulous care he and Morrow took in landscaping the property. They worked together to collect a lot of the existing plants on the site and transplant them to the guest house to get them out of harm’s way. “When enough of the main house was done, we moved them back, including some 35-foot-tall trees that we successfully transplanted!” exclaims Morrow.

A screen of coconut palms provides privacy at the rear of the property. Royal palms, Macarthur palms, adonidia palms (Christmas palms), date palms, heliconias, and gingers dot the homesite with tropical accents. The outdoor shower is surrounded by a mature podocarpus hedge. u


Primary Bedroom: Furnished with clean-lined, transitional pieces, the primary bedroom offers a peaceful lakefront alcove, where a pair of Alison Craig Home Furnishings chairs swivel to either enjoy the view or the cozy indoor atmosphere. Ceilings of nickel gap shiplap unify the rooms throughout the home, while the placement of box beams differentiate them. Here, they form a vaulted ceiling surrounded by soffit.

Primary Bathroom: With square footage equal to that of the primary bedroom, Paige declares, “I don’t need a bathroom this big!” to which Architect Jallad sagely replies, “Everyone needs a bathroom this big!” Floored in marble, with quartz countertops, the expansive space also boasts a vanity. It is the shower area that sets the stage for spa-like opulence. “It’s a human car wash!” Friedman jokes of the 11 shower heads. For him, the crowning glory is the steam shower. “It was a deal-breaker for me,” Friedman states emphatically. “You step in there and leave all your stress

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Paige concludes, “We can’t say enough great things about the MHK Architecture team. They helped us to create the dream, and they made it fun!” n

The homes were designed with an eye toward MHK Architecture’s signature Old Florida style. Jallad calls it “Transitional, not exactly just Old Florida, as a typical Old Florida design would not blend siding and stucco.”

“Our intent was to accommodate any type of living style,” says Paige of her deliberately transitional décor. Friedman adds, “Our vision was always to be timeless. Elegant, but generic.”

Rear Elevation | Pool | Outdoor Kitchen: From the heated waterfall spa or saltwater pool, one can look back through the living room and see the lake. Slightly different elevations in the paved patio sections create depth and segregate the spaces. A central game lawn of artificial turf; a trellised patio leading into the air-conditioned man cave; a gas firepit; and a beach complete with hammocks strung between coconut palms illustrate Friedman’s claim that this is “a great entertaining house.” The outdoor kitchen is furnished with an ice maker, beer keg, and another of Friedman’s non-negotiable items — a pizza oven. Even a disruption in electrical service won’t stop the fun — the homeowners are prepared with a whole-house generator.



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