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The Victoria

Classic symmetry, sophisticated details and tropical flair inspire this British West Indies style home.



Contents President’s Letter The third edition of Live Well

Architecture & Design Department

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Envisioning your new home in 3D

Featured Homes


A look at some of our exciting models

Homes We Love Private residences

Distinct Differences Resource Guide

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The Victoria


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PUBLISHER John Cannon EDITOR Phillipa Cannon MANAGING EDITOR Nancy Hielscher ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Christine Koch Steve Boris Boost Studio

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Gene Pollux Pollux Photography COVER PHOTO The Victoria The Concession Golf Club and Residences ADVERTISING INQUIRIES

COPYWRITERS Gary James PRINTER Coastal Printing Company

©2017-2018 John Cannon Homes. Photographs and floor plans represented in these materials may differ from the actual homes and products being offered. Features, specifications, products and availability are subject to change without notice. All ceiling details as shown are optional and an additional cost. See a Design/Build specialist for complete and current information.


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Welcome to our 3rd Edition of Live Well We are humbled and honored that our magazine, Live Well, has been so warmly received and we’re excited to present our third edition.

This issue of Live Well will introduce you to our newest models; offer insights

on the process of “How Your Idea Becomes your Ideal Home,” and tour “Homes We Love,” taking a look inside five John Cannon custom homes featuring interviews with the residents who have graciously opened their homes for this edition of Live Well.

You’ll also find an expanded list of “Distinct Differences” where you can

discover what sets John Cannon Homes apart from other home builders – the process, the products and, of course, the people who build our homes.

Being honored as Best Builder for 25 consecutive years in the Readers’ Choice

Awards, our Aurora Awards and the 31 Parade of Homes awards bestowed on us in 2017 is a true testament to the talents and uncompromising integrity of the John Cannon Homes team.

And, while the accolades and awards are greatly appreciated, it is your trust

in allowing us “into your family,” to turn your vision into the home of your dreams that means the most to us. Whether we are building your home in a community or on your lot, our commitment to YOU is always first and foremost. Thank you for making us your custom home builder of choice. Warmest regards,

John Cannon President and CEO

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How Your Idea Becomes Your Ideal Home Opposite and right: A custom home rendering, showing both the front and rear exteriors, utilizing the clients selections and finishes. Below: In specific custom home plans, hand sketches will be drawn to reflect minor floor plan revisions.

For most of us, when we see a home,

custom home. As custom home

and Design team – who have over 50

One of the most exciting innovations

we see the finished product. But, do

builders, our challenge is to take the

years’ combined experience - we take

in home building is the ability to

you know what goes on behind the

vision someone has in their mind

their wish list and turn it into what we

“see” the home using 3D Virtual

scenes to create a John Cannon home?

and put it down on paper. So, when

call a “script.” We then create a site

renderings. How has this changed

a client sits down with our Drafting

plan, floor plan and an elevation.

the way you present the design?

We sat down with President John

Cannon, who shared with us the process that goes into every distinct home he builds. Explain what happens when a client says, “we’re ready for you to build our home.” Though we build model homes, and those designs are often duplicated as built, many clients use the models as a starting point for designing their


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We use Building Information Modeling,

Associations) have been around for

or BIM, software. We aren’t just

many years, ARCs (Architecture Review

drawing lines on paper, but actually

Committees) are relatively new, they

interpreting the space from the

can often have specific building

concept meeting with the client.

requirements that must be met by

So, not just a diagram? Right. Our expert design staff can show placement of key components - doors, walls, ceilings, even furniture, appliances and lighting. Our CAD (computer-aided) designer is our modeling developer and multimedia director for proposed new home design movies, too. It’s pretty exciting. And this helps communicate more of the process and details that go into building a custom home? Yes, because it allows us to “fill in the blanks,” so to speak, things that people often don’t realize are needed to make transitions and spaces flow. It’s second nature to us, but being able to show

the builder/client in a particular community. You can do whatever you wish inside, but the ARC can determine exterior design, color, materials used, placement on the lot, even landscaping requirements. For example, you may want a Spanish Mediterranean-style exterior, but the community requires Coastal Opposite, above and left: These 3 images reflect the creativity of the designer, expressed in a way that allow the client to view their home in early morning light, details at their interior and their outdoor living area.

the homeowner the design in 3D helps show details like structural components, why a wall had to be moved, or a door change. And, sometimes, whether there is a budget consideration. There is also an enormous amount of “behind the scenes” work getting the exterior design just right, correct? Even though HOAs (Homeowner’s The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine



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Contemporary. It can even come down

So, there are lots of details.

to whether you are allowed a fence. It’s

Our senior architectural designer,

a huge undertaking and we do all of this as a service to our customers. When dealing with regulations and permits, you’re the homeowner’s advocate so to speak? When we go before a zoning board or meeting with a building official, it is very personal to us, it’s our commitment. We deal with state requirements, county and local ordinances, and zoning. While we don’t do the engineering in-house, our team is always current with the latest in code changes and handle requests for information from our engineers, surveyors, interior designers,

who has been with us for 22 years, takes the lead for new client sales. Her experience and knowledge in house design, having also designed numerous models, makes what she does so special. Our permit/ARC coordinator works with municipalities in resolving

Below and left: These two large scale visualizations of front elevations enable us to showcase the clients future home.

permit and inspection issues and secures the certificate of occupancy. The drafting manager produces construction documents, establishes deadlines and an on-going list of requirements. And, all the blueprints and wishes of the client are translated into a legal contract in a way that can be materialized in the field.

superintendents, truss designers, and

With the result being ...

purchasing agents to meet or exceed

An exceptionally well-built and

building code requirements.

distinctive residence. Each

And if there are issues?

Opposite: With a sampling of furniture in place, clients can see the room take shape.

component, from the initial meeting to closing, happens in every home

We just take care of them. At John

we build. We try to make the process

Cannon Homes, we are experts at

as seamless as possible. We take

what we build. We try to make the

customer satisfaction very seriously

process as seamless as possible.

and it shows in the quality and

The homeowner may not know

reputation we value in every home

everything that goes on, or even

we build.

realize something’s been taken care of, and not every builder has an in-house team qualified to do this.

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Classic Symmetry With masterfully executed architectural design and sophisticated interior details, the 5,193 SF Victoria showcases three bedrooms, four baths, a great room, dining room and kitchen with an additional family dining area; the home also features a separate executive-sized suite, bonus room, her studio, his study and a three-car garage. Bahama-style shutters, decorative corbels and dramatic trim work embellishing the three gables are the first indicators that a British West Indies feel heavily influences The Victoria’s design. Beamed ceilings, whether vaulted or in an intricate basket-weave pattern, add depth and visual interest throughout the home. The combination of the painted and stained ceiling and wood trim along with the soft, muted colors

Opposite: Exterior West Indies features include shutters, corbels and dramatic trim Above: A free-standing Gazebo with elevated fire pit.

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reflected in the design details and furnishings contrasted against the dark, rich wood flooring truly reflect a British West Indies inspired home. From the foyer of the home through the gallery walk and great room, you’ll notice perfect design symmetry. Flanking the foyer, his study, with rich wood accents and custom-designed laser cut metal sliding doors, contrasts beautifully with the bright and traditional formal dining room. Accentuating the transition from the dining room to the kitchen, you’ll discover The Victoria’s temperaturecontrolled wine room encased in tempered glass and ledgestonelike mosaic tile. The great room of The Victoria is surrounded by large crowned columns that line the gallery hall and add a majestic feel as you enter the room. Here, John

for counter-height dining. Adding a modern twist to this space is the combination of custom warm maple cabinetry and a classic glass subway tile backsplash. For a more traditional experience, dinners can also be served at the Cannon showcases rich, warm tiered island with a waterfall edge adjoining family dining area. wood beams set in contrast and ample storage. Impressive in The resort experience in the against a white painted, tongue scale and design, the island offers home continues into the master and groove double-vaulted ceiling two functional workspaces—one and executive suite wing. The illuminated by the grand-scale for food preparation and the other executive suite has its own private chandelier. The room provides unobstructed views of The Victoria’s expansive outdoor living areas and is just steps away from the well-appointed kitchen. The transitional gourmet kitchen features a spacious, striking, two-

entrance off the front veranda and is complete with sitting area, full-sized bath and separate morning bar with a bistro-sized table. Opposite the executive suite is the entrance to the master retreat: a breathtaking bath, bedroom and separate sitting nook all featuring exquisite details and design elements. John Cannon has captured the essence of a resort spa in the

Opposite: Surrounded by crowned columns, the great room is warm and casual. Far left: Accentuating the transition from dining room to kitchen, is the temperaturecontrolled wine room. Above: A spacious, striking, twotiered island with waterfall edge.

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Opposite: The outdoor living area is centered around the clean lines of the pool and spa. Right and below: The Cabana bar is flanked by an outdoor dining area and separate sitting area.


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master bath as a serene escape as well as creating an indoor/ outdoor sanctuary. A disappearing glass wall provides abundant natural light and access to the courtyard, where a mesmerizing vertical stone fountain and outdoor shower area awaits. A freestanding slipper tub is a central feature of the master bath. New technology has its place here as well: the walk-in shower features a digitally-controlled, multi-function, chromotherapy experience. The room is bordered by two custom-crafted maple vanities painted a soft Hearthstone Grey, finished with brushed nickel hardware and topped with flat polished Silestone. The elegant chandelier centered within the bath completes this stunning room. The master bedroom with soft silver grey walls and painted boxed-beamed ceiling is the perfect setting for dreams to be made, and is just steps away from the outdoor living area and gazebo. Completing John Cannon’s newest award-winning masterpiece are two outfitted

en-suite guest rooms, a studio space and oversized laundry room. Designed to accentuate preserve views, The Victoria’s extensive fully-screened outdoor living area adds more than 3,545 SF to the home and is centered around the clean lines of the pool and spa. Adding a tropical flair, the Cabana bar with a complete summer kitchen is flanked by a seating area and oversized outdoor dining space, while the gazebo – with elevated fire pit – balances the master wing of the home. The outdoor living area has successfully been designed to transport you to the Tropics, with the emphasis being placed on a variety of gathering spaces that are perfectly designed for yearround entertaining of both family and friends. The bonus room, with its intricate lattice wood tray ceiling, also opens up to a separate outdoor sitting area and provides access to the outdoor dining area and Cabana Bar.

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Opposite: John Cannon has captured the essence of a resort spa in the master bath. Above: The master bedroom features a painted, boxed beam ceiling, and offers stunning views of the outdoor living area.

SPECIFICATIONS Stories: Bedrooms: Bathrooms: Study: Garage:

1 4 4.5 1 3

BUILDING AREAS Total Living: Entry:

5,193 sq ft 257 sq ft

Main Lanai: Bonus Lanai:

686 sq ft 705 sq ft

Total Under Roof: Gazebo

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Restrained Elegance A different sort of restrained, classic yet fresh aesthetic prevails in John Cannon’s newest addition to his Akarra model home series, the much anticipated Akarra IV. In this newest model, he has redefined the mixture of clean lines and classic Spanish-Colonial Opposite: With ample room for entertaining the outdoor living area becomes more than a lanai.

style of architecture.

Above: Clean lines and classic Spanish-Colonial details are the perfect pairing at The Akarra IV.

four and a half bath home with study and bonus room features an

Washed in sunlight, the 3,722 SF Akarra IV is designed with an open great room and is as elegant as it is eclectic. This four bedroom, impressive outdoor living area complete with a rear lanai and kitchen and a three-car garage.


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Hand-painted Spanish tile sets the theme from the exterior front façade to the intricately tiled foyer leading into the beautifully appointed great room. Deep wood tones, brick, metal and stone partner with splashes of jewel tones and touches of ebony; creating a vivid and bold interior color scheme. The great room, kitchen and dining room of The Akarra IV suggest a sophisticated, yet informal setting with the balanced blend of Spanish and contemporary details. The dramatic wood-stained, custom built coffered ceiling, brick accents, and stone fireplace in the great room add warmth to the contrasting and dramatic painted cabinetry found at the perimeter of the kitchen and Butler’s pantry. The Akarra’s kitchen, with its trio of painted and stained maple cabinetry is as functional as it is breathtaking. A copper farmhouse sink is surrounded by black pearl granite and the

center island features a smaller copper prep sink finished with black walnut butcher block. The stone range hood, that duplicates the design of the great room’s mantle, leads one’s eyes up to the brick ceiling details that visually combine the kitchen with

the dining area. The selections of wood flooring, hand-painted clay tile and luxurious carpeting seamlessly transition from room to room. A hallmark of a John Cannon home is John’s masterful approach at bringing indoor

and outdoor spaces together. Disappearing sliding glass doors maximize the flow of natural light between The Akarra IVs main living areas and an expansive outdoor living area that’s impossible to overlook. Surrounding the pool and spa

Opposite: Adding warmth to the great room is the woodstained, custom built coffered ceiling. Below: The kitchen features a trio of painted and stained maple cabinetry.

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Right: A unique window grid treatment at the master shower. Below: The master suite, with its sitting area has a private entrance to the pool.


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are three distinct entertaining and seating areas, all accessible from the great room, dining room, bonus room and the owner’s retreat. Located adjacent to the bonus room, the outdoor kitchen with its tile and stone wall, floating wood shelves and rustic light fixtures mimics various materials found at the home’s interior. With its

ample space for cooking, dining and casual conversation by the pool, the space evolves into more than a lanai; it is another living area unto itself. The master suite, with its sitting area and private entrance to the pool, is rich and luxurious with brilliant patterns of crimson and garnet complemented by taupe, sable

and rich black accents. The master bath is where the blending of contemporary spa-inspired design with Spanish-Colonial style throughout the home shines. The shower’s unique grid work resembling window panes adds a twist to a normally traditional look while the freestanding oval bathtub with its ball and claw feet is offset by the hand-painted tiles underfoot. Three additional attractively finished en-suite bedrooms offer guests and family spacious accommodation and privacy. Two separate areas in the home, the study, just off the great room offers a quite space “away from it all,” and the bonus room at the rear of the home connects you with the inviting outdoor living areas. With its twist on traditional, The Akarra IV is a welcome addition to The Akarra series of model homes.

Above: Glass walls disappear in the bonus room connecting you with the inviting outdoor living areas.

SPECIFICATIONS Stories: Bedrooms: Bathrooms: Study: Garage:

1 4 4.5 1 3

BUILDING AREAS Total Living: Entry: Main Lanai: Rear Lanai: Total Under Roof:

3,722 sq ft 77 sq ft 173 sq ft 669 sq ft 5,486 sq ft

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Florida Living at Its Best Entering through intricate custom iron and glass doors, you’ll encounter John Cannon’s newest creation, The Talia model, a re-imagining of the legendary Mediterranean architectural style blended with a Santa Barbara influence. With 3,400 SF, three bedrooms and four bathrooms, The Talia features an expansive, modern open floorplan, which creates a rich and inviting residence, perfect for entertaining and Florida family living. Skillfully defined spaces within the open plan are a specialty of John Cannon: utilizing ceiling details to delineate spaces with slight adjustments of ceiling heights, or a combination of painted and stained wood beams to convey a natural feeling of transition from room to room.

Opposite: The perfect melding of Mediterranean styles. Above: Masterfully transitioned living spaces from interior to outdoors.


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The Talia elevates these design elements into an art form with accent lighting, complementary stone detailing, warm hues of naturally aged wood flooring and intricate brick finishes. A palette of beiges, taupe and gray add a current and contemporary flair to this home and create the perfect melding and simplification of Mediterranean architectural styles found along the Santa Barbara coast. Designed for entertaining, the great room is anchored by a stone fireplace and features a built-in contemporary floor-toceiling cabinet suitable for storing and displaying your collection of wine and favorite spirits. When your guests arrive, you can slide open disappearing glass doors to connect with and enjoy the home’s outdoor living area complete with summer kitchen. Just steps away from the great room, the study offers an oasis for solitude. The dining room and grandscale, epicurean kitchen is the centerpiece of The Talia. The 26

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expansive kitchen showcases a large central island that excels as both a functional, state-of-theart cooking environment and as a focal point for sophisticated entertaining. Maple cabinets are finished in smartly stylish shale stain with sable glaze adding a striking contrast to the Zodiac Marble Mist and Marble Snow White countertops. The brick accent wall with open shelving adds a practical and rustic flair, while Viking appliances complete this all-round spectacular five-star chef’s kitchen. Just off the kitchen,

Opposite: Designed for entertaining, the great room is anchored by a stone fireplace and features a floor to ceiling wine cabinet. Opposite right: The ample-sized dining room can be as formal or casual as you’d like. Left: The epicurean kitchen provides a state-of-the-art cooking environment.

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Below: Slide open the disappearing glass doors to connect with the home’s outdoor living areas. Opposite: The master bath features a freestanding soaker tub and a spacious, frosted glass walk-in shower with private courtyard.


you’ll find an ample-sized dining room that can be as formal or casual as you’d like. The Talia masterfully transitions living spaces from the interior to the outdoors. In fact, the ever-beckoning, beautifully appointed outdoor living areas are accessible and viewed from so many rooms, you might just find the lanai, pool and spa area become your favorite place to

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relax and unwind. While the great room, bonus room, and dining room are all open to the outside areas, the master suite looks out onto the pool and spa, a beautiful focal point at the rear of home. It’s perfect for entertaining, offering year-round functionality with its own fully equipped summer kitchen. Whether it’s for an invigorating morning swim, an

afternoon dip in the pool or a sophisticated soiree, you’ll be entranced by the dramatic raised spa and 25-foot fire feature. This is Florida living at its best. The master suite spans the length of the home offering privacy and unparalleled sanctuary while the master bath will become your own spa-like retreat. This elegant space

features a freestanding soaker tub, a spacious, frosted glass walk-in shower along with a private courtyard that offers a rain shower and tranquil fountain. Above counter sinks, solid-surface countertops, and espresso-stained cabinetry complete this luxurious experience. A utility room and planning area with built-in desk are located just off the kitchen, giving you the flexibility in how these spaces are used while allowing the bonus room at the rear of The Talia to become the comfortable family-fun game room. Two well-appointed guest suites sited toward the front of the home each feature private baths. The new John Cannon Talia model seamlessly fuses John’s award winning Mediterranean architectural designs with the Santa Barbara concept, into a modern and clean palette for today’s south Florida lifestyle.

SPECIFICATIONS Stories: Bedrooms: Bathrooms: Study: Garage:

1 3 4 1 3

BUILDING AREAS Total Living: Entry: Lanai: Total Under Roof:

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3,400 sq ft 101 sq ft 752 sq ft 4,979 sq ft

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Rooms with a View John Cannon clearly captures the true essence of waterfront living in his new Corindi model. The West Indies styled home overlooks an inlet of the Manatee River and is situated perfectly in Harbourside at The Islands. Step inside, and you’re greeted by shades of sea glass and citron recreating that Opposite and above: Caribbean and West Indies architectural influences greet you at the entrance of The Corindi, and shades of sea glass surround you in the home’s foyer.

special feeling you have when visiting the Tropics, the Caribbean or the West Indies. The Corindi is a one-story, three bedroom, three bath 3,577 SF home, offering breathtaking waterfront views from the great room, dining room, kitchen and bonus room, and of course, a coastal-inspired outdoor living space.



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Opposite top: The island theme continues into the kitchen. Opposite below: In the master bedroom, reflections of the river can be seen in the ceiling's handcrafted medallions. Right: The great room offers views of the pool, spa and beyond.


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Upon entering the bright citron-painted foyer with its stylish louvered transom, you immediately become immersed in the tropical feel of the home. The Corindi’s main living areas flow together in effortless design with the great room opening to both the kitchen and dining room. With its disappearing sliding glass walls, the great room offers views of the pool, spa and beyond to panoramic water and preserve views. The on-trend wood flooring in dark ebony adds a warm feeling throughout the main living areas of the home. The island theme continues into the kitchen with its slate blue painted stepped island surrounded by white, contemporary shaker-style cabinetry finished with rich black granite. Completing the kitchen is the dry bar with ample storage and oversized wine refrigerator. Both the dry bar and kitchen feature a backsplash comprised of smoked pearl glass tile set in a

herringbone pattern. The sun-drenched study is just steps away from the great room and with its clear stained-glass entry wall, offers the perfect place for work or relaxation. Tucked neatly on either side of the kitchen are two additional en-suite bedrooms with separate access to the side patio. The master suite, with its private sitting alcove and separate entrance to the pool and spa, provides a sense of seaside tranquility. In the master bedroom, reflections of the river can be seen shimmering off the soft white, handcrafted medallions set into the rainwashed blue-coffered ceiling. Open and bright, the master bath exemplifies luxury with the perfect blend of over-the-top textures and materials. The sleek, freestanding tub combines straight and curvaceous lines, the walk-in shower is embraced by snow white Calcutta polished tile and finished with glass and chrome farmhouse-styled sliding doors, The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine


Opposite: The dramatic waterfall spa and pool, tiled in jewel tones of turquoise and blue. Right: Open and bright, the master bath exemplifies luxury.


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and the bath is exquisitely complemented by the Broche hand-painted chandelier. The stone glass backsplash set behind the dual vanity completes this modern, clean and crisp look. Situated at the rear of the home, with access to the outdoor kitchen, The Corindi’s bonus room with its vibrant blue, soaring ceiling detailed with inlaid squares is flooded with light from windows that overlook the dock and river. This versatile room is perfect for a family game night or as a secluded entertainment area. The outdoor living area that enticed you from the first moment you entered The Corindi will become the center of the home's activities. The dramatic waterfall spa and pool, tiled in jewel tones of turquoise and Caribbean blue, create a stunning focal point for outdoor stylish entertaining; the summer kitchen and Cabana bar offers an artisan grill, prep bar and cedar cabinets all surrounded by Florida’s breathtaking views.

Look no further for the true essence of waterfront island living - John Cannon’s style The Corindi will take you there.

SPECIFICATIONS Stories: 1 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Study: 1 Garage: 3 ©Copyright 2017 John Cannon Homes. Inc. License #CGCA18551

BUILDING AREAS Total Living: Entry: Main & Rear Lanai: Total Under Roof:

3,577 sq ft 84 sq ft 576 sq ft 4,918 sq ft

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Homes We Love


e invite you to step inside

five truly remarkable custom homes as unique as the couples who graciously opened their homes and shared the results of their desire to custom-build. We’ll tour two exquisite homes within exclusive gated communities in Lakewood Ranch and The Concession, and three spectacular residences on Siesta Key and Longboat Key. Their requirements ranged from that of an active, growing family; empty-nesters planning for family gatherings and entertaining; international travelers settling down; or busy professionals enjoying a respite from the everyday world. All shared a passion in seeing their personal “needs and wants” interpreted into a distinctive home to cherish for years to come and, they agree, we succeeded.

Whether your home design is one-of-a-kind or inspired by one

of John Cannon Homes’ award-winning models we are proud to offer the expertise and talent to take your vision of a dream home and make it a reality.

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ulie and Roy Norton, professionals who develop and manage multiple business ventures in Florida, decided on Siesta Key when they relocated

from New York City fourteen years ago. They had always planned on building a waterfront custom home, but just didn’t plan on taking

Indies and Coastal inspired details, from the

quite so long to decide where on the Key they

moment you enter the home you‘re immediately

would build it. However, when it came to

welcomed into a tropical setting. The home

selecting a waterfront builder, “we knew there

incorporates the tropical theme with the

could be many challenges in the design-build

inclusion of pineapple accents; pineapples are

process,” Julie said, “and it is why John Cannon

a dominant feature on the fireplace surround,

Homes expertise was tantamount as to why

sideboards and the staircase; and, you’ll even

they were chosen.”

find an enormous pineapple-shaped tureen in

Once they secured their lot, located just a

the kitchen. “We knew what we wanted in the

short walk from the gulf front, the Norton’s

feel of the house,” Julie said. In addition to the

partnered with John Cannon to incorporate

contemporary, coastal feel of subtle and trop-

their vision of the perfect family beach home

ical colors, “We were inspired by some items

into reality. What evolved was an uncluttered,

we had purchased from the islands and a few

relaxing and inviting 2-story 3,454 SF,

things from Steven Postan’s Antiques, here in

3-bedroom, 5-bath home. While the homes

Sarasota, and I guess you could say, we built

exterior architectural style is a blend of West-

a home around that theme.” Julie and Roy

Opposite: The home’s most stunning feature is the outdoor living area with its wall of stackable, hurricane-rated frameless glass doors. Above: The home's exterior architectural style is a blend of West-Indies and Coastal inspired details.

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[ HOMES WE LOVE: The Norton Residence ] Clockwise, left to right: Unsurpassed attention to detail can be found in the wine room, great room, and outdoor living spaces.

partnered with a Robb & Stucky design team for the homes’ furniture, and the accessories throughout the home are from Chasen Reed, all adding a beautiful, casual flair to each room. In the kitchen, “Jeff Albrecht of Albrecht Cabinets took some inspiration from one of our antiques and did a turned detail on each corner of the kitchen island,” Julie said. “He created a façade on the refrigerator to make the cabinetry seamless, and he created – both in design and color – another custom cabinet, a soft turquoise tv/bar in our outdoor living space.” The kitchen, which opens to the great room, is a perfect blend of both rich brown woods, soft cream accent colors and textiles allowing the millwork found in the cabinetry and ceiling details to be highlighted. A “must have” for the Norton’s was a wine cellar. “We love wine and building a custom home meant we finally had a proper place to store it.” The brick, barrel-shaped ceiling with a custom wine racking system, is complete with rolling ladder and features accent lighting around the ceiling perimeter. Just next to the staircase leading from the lower level garage to the second floor is the convenient and elegant custom wood-embellished glass elevator. Adding both convenience and functionality is another inspiration: a dumbwaiter from the garage level to the kitchen. One of the home’s most stunning features is the outdoor living area with its separate seating area, dining area and full kitchen all overlooking the pool,


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One of the home’s most stunning features is the outdoor living area with its separate seating area, dining area and full kitchen all overlooking the pool, spa and patio.

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[ HOMES WE LOVE: The Norton Residence ] spa and patio. A wall of stackable, hurricane-rated frameless glass doors allow the Norton’s to enjoy these areas in air-conditioned comfort or open them up to capture the balmy breezes when entertaining family and friends. With six grandchildren and their visiting parents, the home’s outdoor kitchen gets plenty of use. With its Kalamazoo grill, separate stove top for crab and lobster boils, and wood-burning pizza oven, it’s no wonder the Norton’s enjoy this space the most. The pool area is similar to one they enjoyed at a beach house rental they had for a number of years and wanted their custom home to be “all about beach living and the added ‘wow’ factors.” A Cabana bath, which is lined in cedar, another Cannon design choice and “brilliant,” says Julie, also features an inspired extra: an additional laundry, so “suits and sandy towels from the

abalone pink tile in the master bath,” Julie said,

and required special installation. We had a

beach never make it into the house.”

adding, "the master bath is my favorite room in

wonderful experience with John Cannon’s

“Our pool designer, did a great job in fitting the

the house.” She loves the chandelier, the sconces

Project Manager, who came up with solutions on

shape to the lot. Plus, we were able to keep an

on the mirror itself and state-of-the-art lighting

the fly; he is very knowledgeable when it comes

adjacent pond on the property that was in pretty

controls that change moods at a flick of the

to construction and problem-solving.”

bad shape. The Norton’s hired the Lake Doctors

switch. Roy likes the pecky cedar in the outdoor

“He stayed with us,” Roy said. “If we had issues

of Sarasota to clean up the pond in an

living area’s ceiling – a very old Florida look –

we were able to call or text, we could actually

environmentally safe way. We now have egrets

“another inspired choice.”

count on him as a friend … It took us close to two

and dozens of turtles enjoying our own little

“We realized that as we were in the home-

years to complete the project, but looking back,

sanctuary. It was quite an accomplishment.”

building process, and made choices or changes,

there isn’t one thing we would change.” Julie

“During the design process, the Cannon team

it also added challenges,” Julie said. "For example,

added, “I keep up with trends in interior design,

was really creative and brought in some fun

the countertops on both the indoor and outdoor

and I wanted something I could change in a few

design elements, such as a tortoise shell tile

kitchen are special porcelain from Spain that is

years should I choose, but the “bones” will remain

fireplace surround and the antique-finished,

virtually impervious to stains and scratches

the same. This home will be timeless.”

Opposite: The outdoor living area opens completely to the pool and spa area. Above left: The custom woodtrimmed glass elevator. Above: The luxurious master bath.

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Our Vacation Home Became Our Dream Home


hen we first decided to build a home on Longboat Key, it was with the idea it would be a second home where we would eventually transition,” Karen said. “We just had no idea it would be so quickly.”

Karen and Bashar are relocating from Barrington, Illinois, empty-nesters with three grown children – two out on their own and a junior in college. Having spent years traveling internationally for business and pleasure, they decided to build a second home as a vacation destination. They discovered Longboat Key through a family friend they’ve known for 18 years, who already had a home on the Key. “In fact, it is just down the street.” “We loved their home, which John Cannon had also built, and they felt they had a great experience, so John Cannon came highly recommended. Our friends said it was a smooth process, too, and that helped with our decision.” Though Karen said she and Bashar had remodeled their current home “from top to bottom,” this was their first truly custom-built one. Situated on the bayside of Longboat Key, the home features an exterior Spanish Mediterranean architectural elevation and at 4,117 SF, this 5 bedroom, 5 ½ bath custom design features a great room, kitchen, dining room, study, and upper level game room with access to an outdoor lanai overlooking the water. “For the interior, what Cannon and his team did was great; They took


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Opposite: A multi-level outdoor living area leads to the boat dock at the rear of this Spanish Mediterranean bayside home. This page: A sense of sophistication is reflected in the great room with the exquisite architectural detailing, a hallmark of John Cannon Homes.

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The kitchen, with oversized island is as functional as it is inviting.

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[ HOMES WE LOVE: Private Longboat Key Residence ] Right: Located just off the kitchen and great room, the dining room offers waterfront views.

elements from different models and layouts of homes they have built or designed and melded them together. It was a really good process and they were able to translate all the ideas into a layout and floorplan we really love.” A customized, arched double iron door welcomes you into the foyer where you marvel at the exquisite detail found in the coffered ceiling of the great room. The paintings at the entry and over the fireplace were painted by Longboat Key artist, Michael Tendall, a favorite of Karen’s. As your eyes take in the views afforded by the sliding wall of glass doors, you notice the sense of sophistication in the great room that opens to the kitchen and dining area. At the entrance, Karen selected a Grey Stone Lappato that interlaces with Marvel Decors Moon Onyx Lappato flooring, bordered by a Grey Moon Greca Mosaic and the effect is striking. Karen was so captivated with the tile selections offered by Atlas Concorde Decors, she chose to use varying colors and finishes of their tile throughout. The home features current trends in color and décor; the result is rooms that feature refined finishes surrounded by varying shades of grey, violet and periwinkle. In addition to working with John Cannon’s design professionals, Karen brought in “Best of Houzz” award-winner Micheline Laberge, ASID, who has been a Sarasota-area designer since 1981. “We used grays and whites for interior spaces allowing for the bold colors and beautiful prints in fabrics, which are featured in all the bedrooms and throughout the home.” With the plans for the house to be “gathering central for their children, future grandchildren, their friends, and their families for the next 15 to 20 years,” there were three “must-haves” for the residence: First, they wanted an inviting and functional kitchen with an oversized island and additional seating for both formal and casual dining. The kitchen custom cabinetry is solid maple painted white with pewter glaze and finished with Bianco Antico granite. The island features the same granite over stained charcoal cabinetry. The custom-made hood is surrounded by The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine


[ HOMES WE LOVE: Private Longboat Key Residence ] their own space, and they all had input into the colors and décor, creating their own special places for when they visit.” Additional

Crystal lighting placed within the mirrors of the vanities at the master bath enrich the wall tiles' brocade pattern.

soundproofing was added between the game room and the bedrooms for noise reduction, so “little children or rowdy adult “children” can watch television and play games without disturbing others. I really love a dedicated and separate living area on its own floor,” said Karen. The master suite downstairs is its own special sanctuary and

Below: Arched windows illuminate the rich maple flooring on the staircase.

retreat from the everyday world. The master bedroom is bathed in natural light, featuring a beautiful stepped ceiling accented with Gauntlet Grey paint in a flat finish and dark Harmon Manor Onyx maple flooring. A Bronze Brocade tile has been used on the walls leading you to the master bath where the same tile is used as a backdrop for the tub and in the seemingly floating shower. The tiles’ brocade pattern is delicately shaped by a smooth texture and enriched by a seductive play of shadow and light from the skillful crystal lighting placement in the framed mirrors of the vanities. Having purchased their lot over 1 ½ years ago, Karen and Bashar


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two, eight-panel glass cabinets accented by the exquisite

interviewed other builders. However, they felt “Cannon and his team

three-dimensional geometric Moon Onyx tile in varying thickness

would give us the personal attention we wanted … he had so much

that adds a reflective motion to the backsplash.

more going for him in regards to reputation and experience building

In addition to the family-oriented kitchen, a second “must” was

properties on the water. Plus, he understood how to maximize the

a large outdoor area with a pool, spa and plenty of room for

footprint of the house, and knowing the ins and outs of the entire

entertaining. All this was achieved on three levels, with a family

process … working with the town of Longboat Key, codes and

lanai on the main level, a spa located at the corner that spills into

permitting … gave Cannon a huge advantage over other builders.”

the pool at the second level, which features a fire pit just steps from

As is often said, building a custom home is a unique process with its

the lowest level featuring a deck/dock and boat lift.

own set of challenges. “I’ll admit to being exacting,” Karen confided,

The final must-have was the creation of an upstairs living area

“and I have to say John Cannon Homes responded to any questions

offering a game/media room for relaxing and entertaining and

or concerns openly, respectfully and supportively, dealing with minor

four additional en-suite bedrooms. Located just midway between

issues quickly and professionally. I don’t know if other builders are

the first and second levels of the home, John Cannon and his

quite as receptive to homeowners once they’ve closed and after the

design team positioned one bedroom, while locating the additional

home is built. I do know, however, John Cannon Homes will be here

three bedrooms and game room on the top floor. “Each child has

for us for years to come, and that makes us very comfortable.”

We used grays and whites for interior spaces‌and beautiful prints in fabrics, which are featured in all the bedrooms and throughout the home.

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important consideration for retirees Janet and Bud who didn’t want to worry about stairs or stumbles. Just like the former Akarra III model, their floorplan features a great room open to the kitchen and dining room, a study, bonus room and

Having relocated from Michigan

area overlooking the lake.

five years ago, Janet and Bud

Although the exterior of the

Aspatore love Lakewood Ranch.

home is designed in a clean

In fact, their new home in the

Mediterranean style, they

Lake Club is the second home

describe the interior as being

they have built here ... and,

quite transitional. According to

though this is the twelfth home

Janet, this is a distinct departure

they have owned, they decided

from past residences, which

to do something different this

have always been designed

time: to build a custom home and

with traditional finishes and

“We fell in love with the Akarra III model,” Janet said. “Bud’s favorite area is the lanai and mine is the open kitchen with the two islands. As we walked through the model, we could envision how we could make it into a very comfortable home for us.” LIVE WELL | Volume 1, Issue 3

SF is built on one level, an

a large inviting outdoor living

use a model for their blueprint.


The Aspatore home at 3,932

Right: The limestone fireplace adds a transitional look to the great room.

Left: In the foyer, the lighting selected mimics the iron details found in the front entry doors. This photo: Casual furnishings and a collection of original art can be "Bud's den." Below: The home's warm and inviting entrance.

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appointments throughout the

years, and wanted to ensure

home. Only one of the rooms

that we had the proper number

in this new residence features

of guest rooms,” Janet said, “so

a traditional look, “Bud’s den”;

we added a fourth bedroom

here they reconfigured the

and also increased counter

bonus room into an oversized

space and cabinetry in one of

den. Warm, casual furnishings

the guest baths. We even had

are centered in a room

the two windows in one of the

surrounded by the owners’

guest bedrooms moved a few

collection of original art and

inches on both sides to allow

artifacts they have collected

for a king-sized bed.”

over 48 years of marriage. “The

The master bath got a small

art really deserves a traditional

redesign to allow for a larger

setting,” Bud said.

vanity, more bathroom storage

In the great room of the home,

space and cabinets and two

they preferred a transitional

large master closets. Janet,

limestone fireplace mantel

a talented gardener, has

replacing the Akarra III’s

surrounded the outdoor living

modern granite fireplace and

area with beautiful blooming

it is offset by two oversize

plants embracing the pool and

paintings commissioned by a

expansive outdoor kitchen. Here

Naples artist. In the open kitchen,

the couple added a second

they opted to closely duplicate

fireplace, creating a separate

the former model’s ebony

sitting area where family can

cabinetry designed, built and

relax on cooler evenings.

installed by Albrecht Cabinets,

“The task of choosing and

but did have the location of the

coordinating design changes,

pantry reconfigured to include

including floor plans, flooring

additional space for their Sub-

and color choices can get tricky,”

Zero 36” freezer and refrigerator.

Janet said, “and it would have

“We enjoy spending time with

been extremely daunting if

our children, grandchildren and

we hadn’t had the wonderful

friends we’ve made over the

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Left: In the master bedroom the sitting area instantly creates a cozy reading spot or an intimate space to unwind. Below left, opposite: The home has two distinct outdoor living areas, one for entertaining family and friends, complete with fireplace and the pool and spa area, all embraced by Janet's lush plantings.


design team whose design

Manager suggested adding a

sense and attention to detail

matching paver pathway around

was inspiring. Once the Cannon

the home, which allows easy

team completed their input, we

access for maintenance without

brought in our Interior Designer,

mucking up the landscaping –

Carolina von Weyher, and she

or shoes. “We’ve gotten more

worked with us for almost a

compliments from service

year, helping choose furnishings,

people who appreciate the

fabrics and window treatments

pavers,” Bud said, “and they

along with all the little accent

make for a terrific, clean and

pieces that created a most

consistent look.”

beautiful feel to our new home.”

“I would say we still have

“Everyone we worked with

a good 65-70% of the ‘base

was very creative and

bones’ of the original Akarra

particularly patient,” Bud

III,” Bud continued. “I’m sure

said. “It’s the millions of little

many of the things we asked for

things, too, that make such a

have been done in the past, but

difference.” For example, John

during the building process they

Cannon changed the elevation

took the time to get to know us,

slightly to make the walk from

asked the right questions about

the front entrance to the street

our lifestyle, and that made for

a little less demanding on

an enjoyable experience. It’s

aging knees, and added iron

a tribute to John Cannon’s

hand railings to the steps at the

expertise in having a good place

front entrance. Trent Culleny

to start, rather than having to

Landscaping did a beautiful job

start completely from scratch.”

landscaping the property,

Janet added, “They just

beginning with the perfectly

know what to do. They know

aligned date palms that lead

how to turn the model into your

you up the walk and balanced

custom home.”

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[ HOMES WE LOVE: The Trapani Residence ]


Contemporary Masterpiece When empty-nesters Pam and Drew Trapani were looking for a homesite and custom homebuilder in Sarasota, there were some things they knew they wanted: a home on the water, great views, clean lines and a modern flair. Pam, originally from Minneapolis and owner of Taylored Golf Shops, and Drew, a retired orthodontist, had been searching Siesta Key for the perfect homesite. Once they decided upon their parcel, they wanted to be certain to select the right builder, who could transform their ideas for a perfect home and have it work on the site. “This is actually the fourth home we have had built over the past 13 years, our third in Florida,” Drew said. “We were working with a realtor who had a connection with John Cannon. John came out, walked the homesite, located on the northern tip of Siesta Key, and made his recommendations. Pam turned to me and said, ‘that’s what I wanted to hear; this is it.’” John Cannon offered all the special design acumen and personalized service that only John Cannon Homes can provide, designing the 4 bedroom, 5 bath 5,020 SF Coastal Contemporary home to take advantage of the spectacular views


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Left: On the northern tip of Siesta Key, this custom home affords magnificent water views. This page and opposite top right: Contemporary furnishings and muted colors of the sea can be found in the homes great room. Opposite right: The homes Coastal architectural features greet guests a the front door.

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[ HOMES WE LOVE: The Trapani Residence ] of Sarasota Bay and the city in the distance. With an extensive list of ‘must haves,’ according to Pam, the home John Cannon created was everything they dreamed of, showcasing distinctive design touches that make the home a contemporary masterpiece. “Our former home in Elgin, Illinois, was very traditional,” Pam said, “and we wanted something that was simply more open, with lots of glass and open spaces.” Since the house was going to be on the water, they didn’t want to limit the waterfront views to just the great room: the result is a home designed where you experience those spectacular views from almost every room in the home. “John Cannon really made the extra effort and in working with his designer, they achieved a remarkable design.” Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, driftwoodgrey pavers lead to the front entrance and here is where you begin to notice the home’s exterior colors mimic the soft sand, blue and turquoise colors that are found on Siesta Key. The Bahama shutters and decorative brackets are painted in

space, which doesn’t detract from the view.

Quietude Teal and add to the home’s contemporary

Open to the great room is the home’s kitchen

flair. Upon entering the lobby of the home, the

and casual dining area, and throughout the home,

Alabaster porcelain tile transitions beautifully to

Pam’s interior design acumen shines. In partnering

the Hickory Brown Sugar wood floors that can be

with Cannon’s Interior Design team and Lyteworks,

found throughout the main living areas.

Pam was able to make selections perfectly

The dual levels of glass walls and windows

accenting each room.

provide a light-filled great room with fascinating

In regards to outdoor living, Pam had an idea

views of the Bay. Surrounding the upper level

of what she wanted: views from the spa and the

gallery walk is a custom-made, contemporary

pool, a waterfall and a vanishing edge, along with

metal tube railing that seems to float through

a fire pit and fireplace. “What they achieved on the The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine


[ HOMES WE LOVE: The Trapani Residence ] Opposite and below right: The master suite is as relaxing as it is inviting. Below: The outdoor living area was designed to accentuate living on the water.


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pool level is no less than dazzling,” Pam said,

the fireplace. Steps lead you to the pool with its

‘must-have’ was the majority of living space on

“and all designed to accentuate living on the

disappearing edge and additional seating around

the main floor, including the master suite, with


the fire pit. Another set of steps lead down to the

plenty of space for the five children and seven

Just off the dining area, access to the multi-level

water’s edge and boat dock.

grandchildren who would visit often.

outdoor living area starts at the outdoor kitchen,

In addition to the open floor plan, and bringing

Tucked into an alcove off the stairway, is a wet

which offers a separate seating area in front of

the outside in, as Pam described it, another

bar and just a few steps away, Drew’s piano room

overlooks the entry. On the second level, the home was designed with two distinct living spaces, affording guests and the homeowners alike, privacy when desired. Two of the guest suites share a balcony overlooking the outdoor living areas below and an additional guest room and bonus room with a separate outdoor lanai also showcases the ever-changing waterfront views. Having been through the building process many times before, they invested quite a bit of time researching custom home builders, and they kept coming back to John Cannon Homes. “We’d been to the Parade of Homes, visited their model homes - along with other builders and the quality of construction, the style sense, it was all there with John Cannon Homes,” Drew said. Pam said they had over two pages of ‘musthaves and wants,’ in the beginning of the project, and both she and Drew agree, “John Cannon Homes was able to make 95% of them happen.” “Working with John Cannon, and his team was fabulous. When you build a custom home, you invest a lot of both time and money - and you want the lot to be right, and the home to be right. Our Project Manager was wonderful; he managed to put together the million pieces required and delivered a magnificent home. We

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invited the Senior Architectural Designer with John Cannon who worked with us, out to see our home when it was finished and she was blown away.” The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine


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There is an organic flow from the great room to the dining area and continues onto the kitchen.


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tepping inside this expansive, clean and contemporary West Indies-style home, located inside the gates at The Concession, you’ll find yourself surrounded by elegance . . . and perhaps the sound of laughter from an on-going basketball game; the splashing sounds of water from the pool;

or the aroma of freshly popped popcorn filling the room. It’s then you realize you’re in a perfect family-friendly home. When this husband and wife, both professionals, relocated to the Lakewood Ranch

Above and right: The homeowners wanted a home that was timeless and elegant, with plenty of room for family and fun.

area from Chicago five years ago, they built their first John Cannon Home; as their three boys grew, their needs and priorities did, too. “With our hectic lives and schedules, we needed a home where we could recharge and unwind. Our “must-haves” were a design that was straightforward and timeless; a calm and nurturing environment; and a home that incorporated outdoor living. The John Cannon Homes Lifestyle Magazine


date with solid wood maple cabinets painted Designer White and finished with Calcutta Gold quartz. The island’s cabinetry is painted complementary Shale Blue with the same quartz countertop, both just steps away from a large hidden pantry. A conversation square adjacent to the dining and kitchen areas creates a special, versatile seating space that is still very much part of the great room, while offering another gathering spot within the overall design of the great room. With this busy household, an organizational room just off the kitchen is the perfect place for the multitude of projects that, with three school-age children, seem to be on-going. Wire-brushed Oak Santee hardwood flooring, both beautiful and durable, can be found throughout the home’s main living areas and perfectly complements the soft white walls and trim. Elegant accessories such as an oversized clock, artwork and unique lighting


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Above: His study is an oasis, just steps away from the great room.

We achieved all three with John Cannon designing our home,” the

fixtures embody a graceful tone. Clean lines found in the coffered

homeowners said.

ceiling in the great room complete the West Indies/Coastal theme.

This 4,604 SF, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home featuring an expansive

“John Cannon’s designers, worked hand-in-hand with our interior

Above right: Adjacent to the kitchen, this conversation square offers a versatile seating space.

open floor plan, with the focus on entertaining and family, has

designers from Soco Interiors and together created a timeless look,”

everything our young professionals wanted in a custom-built

she added.

residence. To accommodate overnight guests, at the rear of the home

Sited opposite the boys’ en-suite bedrooms, the owner’s retreat

is a Casita with its own bedroom, bath, storage space and garage.

provides a welcomed spa-like environment. The master bath,

“This home was designed – literally – starting with a blank piece

complete with Kohler free-standing fluted tub, two separate vanities

of white paper,” she said. “One thing we took a critical look at was

topped with London Sky Quartz, a dual-entry shower wrapped in

how we used our current home. We felt there had been some

Florentine Carrara Matte marble and all bathed in natural light, is

underused spaces, so from the beginning we discussed design

perfect for relaxing and recharging.

choices that would work for us now, and in the future.”

When they first moved to Florida from the Midwest, many friends

There is an organic flow from the great room to the dining area and

told her, “Kids don’t play outside the way they used to,” a concept

into the impressive kitchen, a space specifically designed as a large

she refused to accept. One of the unique areas in the home is a

welcoming environment, to be a “focal point and gathering place for

bonus room that currently features an indoor basketball hoop

the kids, their friends, the family and entertaining.”

and adjoins an outdoor kitchen and dining area on the rear lanai.

Keeping with the clean, contemporary interior finish selections,

The space includes a ping-pong table and it’s all enclosed with

the kitchen pairs subtle modern touches that will never be out-of-

clear-view screen overlooking the homes’ open-air pool area.

[ HOMES WE LOVE: Private Concession Residence ] Subtle modern touches can be found throughout the kitchen, which features an oversized island with plenty of room for family gatherings.

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Part of the couples’ desire was to develop a home where the outside living environment and indoor spaces complement each other, so the home also utilizes energy-efficient disappearing glass walls in the great room and bonus room that retract and open up the interior spaces. “Eventually the bonus room will evolve into something else, but for now, “the boys can enjoy it with their friends, and enjoy just being kids.” “Working with John Cannon and his team was a pleasure,” our homeowner said. “We did our due diligence, we interviewed a number of builders, but we couldn’t find anyone who could meet or top what Cannon offered, his reputation or, frankly, the relationship we had when we built our prior home.” “But," she continued, “I have to say what truly exceeded expectations was the ‘front end’ – how everything was handled before anything was built: the blank paper design meetings; our

Opposite: The master bath is the perfect retreat for relaxing and recharging. Left: This bedroom was cleverly designed to provide separate spaces for two boys. Below left: This teen's space features a neat display of his sporting passions. Below: Sited opposite the boys rooms, is the master suite where both busy professionals can find solitude after a long day.

starting from scratch; the response to changes; making revisions … keeping the project moving forward in a timely, considerate manner … it was seamless and most impressive.”

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Distinct Differences John Cannon Homes appreciates your desire for a home that is uncompromising in its craftsmanship and attention to detail. The homes we build for our clients are distinctly different and customized to your personal lifestyle ... creating your custom legacy. Discover the reasons why selecting John Cannon Homes as your builder is the right decision. We’re involved every step of the way.

Cost certainty. We quote a fixed price that

upholding our consistent and

home – you can customize your plans,

Personal involvement from contract to

is all inclusive, not cost plus. This allows you

conservative fiscal policy.

your elevations and your selections to match

move-in, John Cannon takes a personal

to know the price you are given is the price

Qualified by lenders. John Cannon

your lifestyle.

and hands on approach with each client

you’ll be charged.

Homes maintains excellent relationships

Endless elevation styles. From

and every home built.

A qualified team of Interior Designers.

with financial institutions and lenders

Mediterranean, Spanish-Colonial, French

Personalized service. Our team of

Our team of talented Designers will guide

throughout the area.

Country, Tuscan, West Indies, Neo-classical

professionals will guide you through every

and assist you every step of the way during

Location, location, location. We’re proud

to Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary,

step of the custom home building

the selection of finishes for your home

to be the # 1 custom home builder in the

the choice is yours and all are designed with

process – from plan development to interior

providing on-trend, smart, value-added

most communities from Pasco County to

John Cannon’s uncompromising standards.

and exterior selections to completion of

industry insights, functional ideas as well

Charlotte Harbor with multiple models

Meticulous attention to detail. Any builder

your home.

as practical solutions.

available for you to tour.

can draw a floor plan, but partnering it

Valued name in resale. It’s a fact – our

Family owned. John and Phillipa Cannon

Committed to our community. Our

with quality materials and supervision,

John Cannon homes are the recognized

started Cannon Construction over 30 years

team members are committed to being

takes experience, skill and attention to detail,

leader in resale value. When you’re ready to

ago, and since then they have transitioned

good neighbors. Some of the committees

as only John Cannon Homes provides.

move up in size or downsize, you’ll be glad

into John Cannon Homes, where both

we serve: The Argus Foundation, Manatee-

Team approach. Our team members are

that you invested in a John Cannon home.

John and Phillipa are actively involved in the

Sarasota Building Industry Association,

specialists in their fields providing you with

Dedicated management team. We

construction of each and every home built!

Josh Provides Foundation, Gulf Coast

the expertise you should demand when

Builders Exchange and The USF School

building your home.

have assembled the most talented and experienced team of professionals in the

You deserve only the best.

of Business Advisory Board.

Award-winning. Over 350 Parade of Home

area. Together, we have 500 + years of

Proven track record. Over the course of

The fine art of home building. A

awards have been awarded to John Cannon

combined construction experience.

three decades, our team has built over 1,380

commitment to architectural integrity and

Homes by judges in our industry.

Architectural review and Homeowners

homes throughout southwest Florida and

authenticity results in homes of timeless

Best Builder award. For over 25 consecutive

Association approved. We work with your

more than 350 on our area’s barrier islands!

elegance, curb appeal and enduring resale

years, we have been voted the area’s Best

neighborhood committee to make sure your

Financial strength. We have succeeded


Builder by the readers of the Sarasota-Herald

plans meet with their approval.

in maintaining our successful business by

Freedom of customization. It’s your



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Excellence in Building award. We are

builder, we can build your home utilizing

using the same trade partners, in addition

walls. Both are highly energy efficient.

recognized by the national publication,

and incorporating reliable green and

to the accessibility they offer during

Plywood roof sheathing. In lieu of particle

Residential Design/Build Magazine, for

sustainable building principles. Once

construction, is that they work well together

board, we use plywood and then cover

excellence in the Design/Build process. This

completed, your home can be certified by

and we maintain open communication with

it with a self-adhering underlayment

offers you the reassurance that you will be

The Florida Green Building Coalition.

them when building your home. We share

application. This provides you with a

working with a true custom home builder.

3D home designs. We capture your vision

a degree of integrity, loyalty and service

longer lasting roof.

Certified General Contractor. John Cannon

and turn it into a virtual tour of your new

beyond the building process.

Color thru concrete roof-tiles. Our roof

is a certified “A” contractor in the state of

home in 3D.

Buying power means savings passed on

tiles are color throughout, and have a

Florida. This is the highest certification you

Conveniently located. You can make all of

to you. We have long standing relationships

15-year product warranty, providing you

can earn through the State of Florida and it

your selections, meet with our trade partners

with both national and local vendors. This

with an aesthetically pleasing and

allows John to build any type of structure

and customize your home all in our main

assures that you will receive the best

long-lasting roof.

within the state.

office which is conveniently located just

possible price for all of the materials used

Roofing tile installation. Our roof tiles are

Residential Project Managers. Our team of

minutes from 1-75 and University Parkway.

to build your home..

secured with two screws, exceeding the

Project Managers, many whom are certified

4,000 SF Design Center. Our Design Center

by the Home Builders Institute, are the most

showcases all of the newest products and

Our construction practices.

Concrete paver base. We provide a solid

knowledgeable builders in the area.

design trends. We are constantly updating

Exceeding hurricane standards. All of our

foundation with crushed concrete before

Good business partners. We’re proud to

our products and selections to reflect classic,

homes exceed the state requirements. You

installing your pavers. This secure setting

be a member in good standing with the

modern and current trends.

can enjoy peace-of-mind knowing that your

limits the amount of paver shifting and

Sarasota/Manatee Chamber of Commerce,

Overall quality assurance program. Our

home is built above building code standards


Better Business Bureau, Manatee-Sarasota

Managers, Team Leaders and Project

by a trusted and dependable builder.

Cut concrete masonry. Properly fitting

Building Industry Association, Lakewood

Managers continually walk through and

Your home under construction. We make

masonry block is the key to your homes

Ranch Business Alliance, Future Home

inspect your home during the building

sure that your job site is kept neat, clean and

straight walls and cost efficiency.

Builders Association, Gulf Coast Builders

process. Their goal is to deliver your home

materials properly stored.

2 x 8 fascia. We install a substantial and

Exchange, National Home Builders

with the superior finishes and quality that

Formed and poured tie-beams. Up to 10

stronger fascia to prevent wind shear and

Association, Realtor Association of

are standard in a John Cannon home.

times stronger than traditional methods

distortion to the fascia over time.

Manatee and Sarasota County and

Warranties. Every John Cannon custom

used, adding a layer of protection for your

Wood studs. We place our wood studs

Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau.

home is backed by both a Contractor’s

family during hurricane force winds.

16” apart for stronger and straighter walls.

The “On-Your-Lot” experts. John Cannon

Two Year Limited Warranty and a 10 Year

Structurally engineered. We hire a

Additionally, we use only the finest kiln-dried

Homes can customize and design a home

Structural Warranty.

structural engineer. The structural design

lumber available - #2 Fir or Spruce.

to suit any homesite. Whether you would

Established trade partners. Our philosophy

layout ensures the stability of the structure

Structured wiring. Your low voltage panels

like our experienced sales team to assist you

is simply that we employ only those trade

and economizes the materials used when

are organized and user friendly.

in locating the perfect homesite or if you

partners who can deliver superior

building your home.

Sub-flooring material. AdVanTech

already own a homesite, we are here to bring

workmanship and products in and for your

Insulation. Open-cell spray foam is used

sub-flooring provides you with the quietest,

your dreams to reality.


in your attic for added comfort, and core

waterproof, tongue and groove, squeak free

Building Green. As a certified Green

Responsive trade partners. A benefit to

fill foam insulation is used in exterior block

sub-floor. Insulated floor systems are used

minimum requirement.

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on multi-level homes to ensure a quieter

computerized thermostats allowing you to

harmonious look that compliments your

sills enhance the beauty of your home, are


regulate your air-conditioning and heating

homes’ ceiling heights we install solid core

long-lasting and are environmentally friendly.

Sealed upper level decks. Homes that

to the specific size of your home. This affords

8’ doors with 4 hinges that are available in a

Custom designed cabinetry. Our custom

have an upper level balcony or deck are

maximum comfort, flexibility and provides a

variety of designs.

designed wood cabinets have wood boxes,

sealed with Duradeck and tiled to provide

well-balanced interior climate while reducing

Interior and exterior paint. We apply

dovetail drawers and soft closing guides

a seamless look from your interior spaces.

your energy costs.

Sherwin-Williams’ paint on both the interior

and hinges.

Superior interior wet wall insulation.

Ceiling fans. All main rooms are pre-wired

and exterior of your house for a beautiful

Under cabinetry kitchen lighting. A

Green Certified insulation is used within

for ceiling fans.

and durable finish.

designer valance with LED under cabinet

interior walls with plumbing to reduce

Lighting switches. Decora switches are used

Saw-cut slabs. We saw-cut your homes’

lighting works as an additional light source

sound transmission.

to accent the decorator look of your home.

slab in specific areas as this limits cracks

and will enrich the look of your countertops

Moisture control layer at baths. Durarock,

Canned lights. Recessed cans with LED

that are inherent with our Florida climate.

and cabinetry.

DenSheild or a Hardie Backer layer is used

bulbs are utilized; these bulbs have a longer

Crack suppression on floors. Prior to tile

Wood shelving. Wood ventilated shelving is

under all bathroom wet areas and tub decks

life and are energy efficient.

installation we apply a crack suppression

used in your master suite and in your kitchen

to provide optimum moisture resistance.

Insulated impact glass. Low E, energy

membrane 3 times the width of your

pantry giving you that custom shelving look

Hot water. You can choose either an electric

efficient impact resistant window glass is

selected tile over expansion joints in

and feel.

or natural gas water heater, sized to ensure

utilized to block out harmful rays and to

your slab.

All faucets. For that classic timeless look,

an adequate supply, or you can choose to

protect your family, investment and reduce

Wood and tile installation. Your tile or

we’ll install Kohler or Moen fixtures

install a tankless water heater at the exterior

energy costs.

wood flooring is installed underneath the

throughout your home.

of your home. The tankless system will allow

Sliding glass doors. Glazed, impact

baseboards for a cleaner look and a more

Shower enclosures. To complete the

you to have endless hot water at all times.

resistant, energy efficient, Low E glass doors

secure setting.

look you want in your master bath,

Optimum air handler and compressor.

with heavy duty tandem rollers with mortise

Crown molding. Our crown molding adds

semi-frameless shower enclosures in

A Carrier 15 SEER or equivalent heat pump

lock and handle are installed in your home

an architectural richness to your foyer, living

various finishes are offered.

with a variable speed air handler to conserve

to provide you and your family a safe haven

room, dining room or any room you choose.

Solid surfaces and granite throughout. Solid

energy and run your heating, ventilation and

from storms or intruders.

Molding finishes. Our trim carpenters are

surface and or granite counters are included

air condition system more efficiently.

In-wall window backing. We install backing

the best in the area and they will make sure

in all of your home’s bathrooms, utility room

Custom designed and engineered

at all windows and doors for your window

your crown moldings have scribed and

and kitchen. The beauty of natural stone

air-conditioning system. This ensures

treatments, which allows for ease of

mitered corners.

compliments the look and feel of your home.

proper temperature control and provides you


Custom profile casing. You can select a

Kitchen tile backsplash. Our Designers will

with a consistent temperature throughout

Schlage dead-bolt locks. We use Schlage

beautiful complimentary look for your

work closely with you to custom design your

your home.

“Best” locks on every exterior door, another

casing in lieu of the standard colonial

kitchen backsplash incorporating the area’s

Supply and return air units. Supply and

way that we help to protect you and your


largest selections of materials.

return air ducts are installed in all main living


Interior woodwork. For a longer lasting

Kitchen undermount sink. A stainless steel

finish we paint all interior woodwork with

under-mounted sink in your kitchen will

areas, which allows for balanced air flow throughout your home.

Your interior.

semi-gloss enamel paint.

be surrounded by a beautiful solid surface

Programmable thermostats. We only install

8’ Interior doors. For a seamless

Window sills. We find that wooden window



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Security system. We make securing

Pest defense. We include in-wall pest

your home and your family easy. A fully

tubing and Bora Care treatment for the first

integrated security system with two key pads

year after initial treatment. Bora Care is

and one motion detector will be installed at

applied directly to the wood and treats the

all ground floor exterior openings.

structure, not the soil beneath your home.

Home automation. Cable, sound systems,

It provides residual protection and is an

smart wiring, security systems ... your home

environmentally friendly application.

will be ready for the latest technology.

Custom designed pool. You will meet with

Smoke detectors. Your home’s smoke

our custom pool trade partner to design a

detectors are hard-wired and contain

pool that enhances your outdoor living area

state-of-the-art 10-Year Lithium batteries.

and incorporates all of your desires.



Pool and spa finish. A Pebble Tec coating

Your exterior.

is applied to your finished pool, providing

Exterior stucco. We apply stucco in several

a beautiful and long-lasting finish.

layers to your new home’s exterior. Stucco

Pool and spa remote. A remote-control at

is very long lasting and extremely durable,

the pool and spa area means easier pool and

and can be somewhat customized with

spa operation and more time for fun.

sand, knock-down or old world finish.

Pool equipment. Your pool equipment is

Vinyl corner bead. We reinforce the exterior

always shielded from view, with either a wall

stucco corners of your home with durable,

or landscaping.

straight and rust-free vinyl corners.

Custom designed landscaping. We’ve

Exterior GFCI receptacles. We’ll install

found that while pricing is important to

GFCI exterior receptacles at your choice

our customers, it’s not the only thing that

of locations.

matters. We partner with companies where

Garage door opener. 1/2 HP garage door

quality matters and we believe every

openers are provided for each door. All open-

outdoor element has to integrate in a

ers have a safety laser installed for

natural way. Our landscape designers

your family’s safety.

partner with you to create a well-balanced

Garage floor coating. Either gray or tan


epoxy coating is applied to your garage floor to keep you safe from slips and falls. Disclaimer: The information, copy and images within the listing of our Distinct Differences is provided by John Cannon Homes as a convenience to our potential new home clients. While the information shown in this list was correct when approved for publication, John Cannon Homes reserves the right to discontinue or revise the information or specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Contact a John Cannon Homes Design/Build Specialist for current and specific information. Current clients should refer to their contract for items included in their home.

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