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PICTURE PERFECT GAMMA BETA

SPACIOUS SKYFRAME

CRAFT

GAMMA BETA

NINZAN STUDIO’S STORIES IN WOOD

NEBULA DESIGN’S INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECTS

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Home design stories, inspiration and thoughtful architecture on the West Coast of Florida—from Anna Maria Island and Lakewood Ranch to Sarasota, Venice and the Barrier Islands.

Spaces PICTURE PERFECT A former medical office manager from Chicago, Sue Tapia moved to Sarasota in 2016, rented a house and started a new career in residential real estate. She filled her home with mid-century modern furnishings and accessories, a style she studied and collected, and began to think about buying a house of her own. One day, while searching “mid-century modern” on Facebook Marketplace, Tapia came upon the circular structure on Peachtree Street as a “for sale by owner” home.

GAMMA BETA The Gamma Beta, a new construction by Nebula Design Build, was a “beta test” for a process to create affordable, easily customizable homes. And it passed with flying colors. “In collaboration with Josh Wynne Construction, our goal was to create a design language using simple geometry, honest use of materials, and stripped-back detailing to form a ‘kit of parts’ that could be used in endless configurations,” says Jimmy Thornton, the sole proprietor of Nebula, whose 2019-founded business specializes in custom residential and small commercial projects.

SPACIOUS SKYFRAME The Skyframe Home is a minimalist modern masterpiece on Bird Key which exemplifies the 2001-founded, full-service firm’s flare for waterfront modern homes with clean, simple designs. Situated along an arterial canal of Bird Key, this retreat was conceived as “a place for family gathering while maintaining a strong sense of privacy,” says Mark Sultana, AIA, the owner of DSDG Architects.

Craft STORY IN WOOD About 14 years ago, impelled by the recession to make a career change, Xavier Garcia, Jr. indulged his love of building—and Ninzan Studio, LLC was born. Today, finely-crafted tables and built-ins are cornerstones of Garcia’s Sarasota-based design and carpentry company. COVER Nebula Design, photography by Ryan Gamma. THIS PAGE Courtesy of Ninzan Studio and Ninzan Build, 6

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W R I T T E N B Y Barbie Heit

Sue Tapia’s round home at 3201 Peachtree Street is currently on track to be the most viewed home ever on Zillow.

3201 Peachtree Street was listed with White Sands Realty on April 20, 2022 for $899,000 (cash only). For more information, contact Sue Tapia at 941- 993-3919. Portrait photo by Wyatt Kostyan.

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A FORMER MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGER FROM CHICAGO, SUE TAPIA MOVED TO SARASOTA IN 2016, rented a house and start-

ed a new career in residential real estate. She filled her home with mid-century modern furnishings and accessories, a style she studied and collected, and began to think about buying a house of her own. One day, while searching “mid-century modern” on Facebook Marketplace, Tapia came upon the circular structure on Peachtree Street as a “for sale by owner” home. She had planned to purchase a different home, but something about this 1,268-square-foot house spoke to her. She came back to view it three times before finally purchasing it in 2018 for $229,000. “I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason,” says Tapia. “It’s a niche home but I bought it with the intention of making it my primary residence and updating it from top to bottom.” And that she did. With its original 1971 roof, windows, plumbing and landscaping, Tapia had her work cut out for her. She began by removing over 20 Australian pine trees and perfecting the landscaping. She added a new roof and windows, and modernized the plumbing and electricity. The home also had cast iron drains beneath the floors (prior to 1975, the vast majority of Florida properties contained cast iron drains which insurance companies frown upon) and those were updated as well. New appliances were added, floors refurbished and of course, mid-century

modern style furniture and accessories were incorporated into the design. Most of the original features still remain, including the kitchen cabinets which are really more like shelves because of the rounded walls behind them. Recently, Tapia connected with a friend of Frank Williams, the now deceased original owner and builder, who said. “Frank would be so very proud of what you’ve done with his home,” Tapia recalls with pride. The circular shape is not the only unique feature of the home. With only three narrow windows in the entire house, there is not a lot of natural light so Tapia installed two doors with window cutouts to add brightness. The floor plan includes just one bathroom with an oversized rounded bathtub/shower and sink situated in the center of the house. Originally a three bedroom/one bathroom home, Tapia removed a wall to create a large master bedroom, turning it into a two bedroom home. “The wall can easily be added back,” she says, “and with the large corner lot (.35 acre), there is great potential for adding on living space, a detached garage, or a pool.” So why all the hype on Zillow and social media? “As the owner and a realtor with White Sands Realty Group, I’ve done a lot of marketing for this house online. With each renovation, I shared updates on social media and have gotten a lot of attention,” shares Tapia. “Now, I think I need an assistant to help with this house alone!” SRQH&D

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WRITTEN BY Abby Weingarten PHOTOS BY Ryan Gamma Photography

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Credits Architect: Mark Sultana, AIA NCARB-DSDG; Contractor: Voigt Brothers Construction; Interior Design: Mindy Voigt Kitchen; Cabinets: Main Street Kitchen and Bath; Bathroom: Ferguson Kitchen and Bath; Carpets and Flooring: Sticks and Stones ; Landscape Architect: Mullett Brothers ; Pool: Water Designs of Sarasota; Photographer: Ryan Gamma Photography.

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SPACIOUS SKYFRAME

The Skyframe Home by DSDG Architects is a minimalist modern masterpiece on Bird Key.

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SITUATED ALONG AN ARTERIAL CANAL OF BIRD KEY, this retreat was conceived as “a place for family gathering while maintaining a strong sense of privacy,” says Mark Sultana, AIA, the owner of DSDG Architects. With 3,000 square feet, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a den to support the small family atmosphere, it is as comfortable as it is elegant. “As you approach the site through a carefully manicured hardscape, the entry of the home is revealed by large expanses of glass that highlights a floating staircase,” Sultana says. “Ascending to the primary living level, you become oriented to experience the water views from the living room and kitchen open floor plan.” There are 14.5-foot-high ceilings, and the tall walls of sliding glass blur the boundary between the interior and exterior of the home (bringing blue and green hues through the glass). The connection to the water is reinforced by expansive balconies connecting the living room, kitchen and primary living suite. “The remaining two bedrooms are tucked behind the family room and offset from the primary area to create privacy while highlighting framed views of Sarasota Bay,” Sultana says. Exposed concrete is paired with contrasting clean white stucco, and warmed with natural wood ceiling elements. The wood carries from the outside to the inside via operable glass walls, while also warming the interior stark white kitchen and walls. “Skyframe’s minimalist modern design and use of tall glazing perfectly situates the residence in its environment,” Sultana says. “And it creates a peaceful retreat that blends livability and natural immersion.” SRQH&D

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STORY IN WOOD About 14 years ago, impelled by the recession to make a career change, Xavier Garcia, Jr. indulged his love of building—and Ninzan Studio, LLC was born. Today, finely-crafted tables and built-ins are cornerstones of Garcia’s Sarasota-based design and carpentry company. W R I T T E N B Y Abby Weingarten

“THE ACT OF BUILDING SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T EXIST PREVIOUSLY, and having it solve some kind of problem, is very

satisfying,” Garcia says. It was a concept Garcia first experienced while working toward a bachelor of design architecture degree from the University of Florida in 2003. After graduating, Garcia returned to Sarasota in 2004. He worked for his father’s design-build architecture and contracting firms, Las Casitas Design and Marazul Building Company. Then, the recession of 2008 hit and the work dried up, Garcia says, leading him to transition to handyman-type jobs and finish carpentry. Ultimately, Garcia found his niche as a self-employed carpenter and founded Ninzan Studio in 2008. The company now serves Sarasota and Manatee counties, including areas such as Lakewood Ranch and the barrier islands. “I really enjoy the hands-on aspects of carpentry, and this allows me to utilize most of my on-the-job architectural training,” Garcia says.

For a solid decade, Ninzan Studio provided finish carpentry, cabinetry installs, exterior carpentry (such as arbors and wood decks), window and door installations, and custom woodworking to clients. In 2018, Garcia expanded—earning his state-certified general contractor license and founding the sister company, Ninzan Build, LLC. “With this addition, we continued to do the field carpentry work but now we could take on larger jobs—which required permits and additional trades such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.,” Garcia says. Beginning in 2020, Garcia took over the Wood Street Studio location at 1490 20th St. in Sarasota after former workshop owner Dale Rieke retired. There, Garcia and his team of five craftsmen now create custom wood furniture, bespoke cabinetry and architectural millwork (and they bring in several trusted contractors for larger projects).

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SOURCE IT Kati Ramage, Abide Designs, 941-587-1364, katiramage@abidedesignsinteriors.com; Rob Barnard, Bee Ridge Lighting and Design, 941922-2626, rob@beeridgelighting.com;

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“We are narrowing down our focus to shop-built woodwork and installation of that work in conjunction with general contracting jobs through Ninzan Build,” Garcia says. “Ninzan Studio also offers design and shop drawing services so that clients can see their projects on paper before any work is done.” Those projects are diverse and intricate. One notable undertaking was a 2016 guest suite renovation on Siesta Key. Ninzan handled the interior buildout of an above-garage guest room, the interior framing and trim carpentry, and the fabrication and installation of a set of walnut-framed pecky cypress barn doors and cypress floating shelves. “That project was a fun one. The pecky cypress material was supplied by the owner (their family has a large amount stockpiled in their family ranch in Wauchula, Florida),” Garcia says. “We did not draw anything for this project but instead created mockups and sample boards to push the design process. The owner had a good sense of what they wanted and we helped them achieve it.” For this home, Ninzan also embarked on a woodworking and deck project. Garcia and his team crafted a reclaimed barn beam fireplace mantle, a solid cypress prayer bench, an interlocking PVC rooftop deck, and pecky cypress walls and cabinetry in the kitchen and laundry room. Garcia is also immensely proud of the work his team did on “The Beneva House.” Ninzan tackled the exterior and interior trim, as well as the finish punch out. The crew worked closely with the builders from Bay Point Construction to install the entry-door system, the interior doors, the door hardware, the baseboards, the custom fireplace shiplap wall and mantle, the exterior beams, the columns, the ceilings and the siding. Ninzan also constructed the children’s bedroom built-ins to match the distinct cabinetry by Taylor James. “The Beneva House project was mainly trim carpentry, including interior wood ceilings and box beams, along with exterior trim elements such as column wraps, box beams and siding,” Garcia says. A number of other artistic projects from the Ninzan crew have included a custom dining table and bench, fabricated from locally-harvested rosewood slabs with an ash base in black dye stain finish (all three slabs were sequence-milled from the same tree); a dining table in flat-sawn and quartered ash with a natural finish and white dye stain; and an entire renovation of a 1970s-era ranch home along the Manatee River. “I guess most of what I learned in architecture school was: given a set of parameters, solve a problem in a creative and meaningful way,” Garcia says. “Oftentimes, the process is as important as the end result.” SRQH&D Imagery courtesy of NInzan Studios.

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GAMMA BETA The Gamma Beta, a new construction by Nebula Design Build, was a “beta test” for a process to create affordable, easily customizable homes.

THE GAMMA BETA, A NEW CONSTRUCTION BY NEBULA DESIGN BUILD, was a “beta test” for a process to create affordable, easily customizable homes. And it passed with flying colors. “In collaboration with Josh Wynne Construction, our goal was to create a design language using simple geometry, honest use of materials, and stripped-back detailing to form a ‘kit of parts’ that could be used in endless configurations,” says Jimmy Thornton, the sole proprietor of Nebula, whose 2019-founded business specializes in custom residential and small commercial projects.

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Credits Nebula Design Build: nebuladb.com Architect: Nebula Design Build; Contractor: Josh Wynne Construction; Builder: Josh Wynne Construction; Interior Design: Nebula Design Build; Kitchen Cabinets: IKEA; Bathroom: IKEA; Landscape Architect: Josh Wynne Construction; Pool: Pools by Ron; Photographer: Ryan Gamma Photography.

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Taking inspiration from the work of Joseph Eichler and Charles and Ray Eames, Thornton worked collaboratively with the homeowners on the Gamma Beta project to achieve the cutting-edge design. “Ryan Gamma is a rockstar in the Sarasota architecture world, and a great friend, so it was a joy to work with him,” Thornton says. “Both he and his wife, Nicole, are passionate about design, and this home is a reflection of that.” So, what makes the residence so revolutionary? It achieves so much with so little, Thornton says. “We built this house for $252 per square foot, which was almost half the cost of most custom homes being built at the time,” Thornton says. “None of the finishes are high-end. The floors are an exposed structural slab. The kitchen and bathroom cabinets are all from IKEA. And we left most of the materials in their raw form with minimal treatment, yet the home feels like it costs twice as much.” Thornton and his team laid out the windows to specifically serve the function of their respective spaces. The best examples are in the dining room and photo studio, which are located at either side of the open dog trot. The windows are set low and stretched wide to afford the best views when seated. Another standout feature is the wood slat wrap around the carport, built with thin strips of pine. All in all, the project embodies Thornton’s vision for using space and materials efficiently, without enormous price tags. “At Nebula, I keep my practice small so I can focus intently on each project, with the goal of creating unique environments that don’t cost a fortune to build,” Thornton says. “I’ve always valued quality over quantity.” SRQH&D

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