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KEY LARGO retreat ONE CREATIVE DESIGN TEAM STYLES A CONTEMPORARY ISLAND-STYLE VACATION HOME WITHOUT LOSING THE TRADITIONAL FLORIDA KEYS VIBE

INTERIOR DESIGN BY MAITE GRANDA, INTERIORS BY MAITE, KEY BISCAYNE, FL ARCHITECTURE BY J. ROBERT BARNES, ROBERT BARNES & ASSOCIATES, HOMESTEAD, FL BUILDER RAMON PLAZA, ELDAN ENTERPRISE, INC., MIAMI, FL TEXT BY LINDA MARX PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTIA BETTINELLI, MILAN, ITALY

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s his parents advanced in age, Jonathan Lessner bought their little Key Largo mobile home getaway to keep it in the family. Unable to

ignore its deterioration over time, he eventually chose to demolish the mobile home and build a 3,900-square-foot island-style house that opens onto the water. Since the lot has a beautiful view of the bay looking toward the Gulf of Mexico, Lessner wanted something special. “The allure of my parent’s mobile home was always the water, so I wanted to create a wonderful vacation home for my family to visit and at the same time pay homage to my parent’s original home,” says Lessner, who grew up in Miami and now lives in Wilmington, Delaware. “Highlighting the water and having open space with no clutter and easy maintenance was very important to me.” Lessner teamed up with building contractor Ramon Plaza, who introduced him to architect Robert Barnes and interior designer Maite Granda. The team was eager to bring their concept of fun, family and the Florida Keys

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