Reminiscent of a country lodge, the focal point of this whole house renovation, located in Longwood, is the great room—with a soaring 18-foot ceiling, stacked stone and brick fireplace, exposed cypress beams, cast iron chandeliers and expansive built-in bookcases—in which the owner proudly displays his train collection.
Open to the great room, the European-inspired country kitchen has furniture-grade cabinetry and a beautiful view of Lake Brantley. The kitchen opens to an oversized screened porch, nearly 30 feet in length. The screened porch can also be accessed through French doors off the master bedroom suite.
Needing an entire facelift and reconfiguration to meet the owner's needs, the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Longwood home was completely rebuilt from the foundation and two walls that were left intact. Totaling 7,487 square feet, the home includes his-and-her offices, a play room and a private theatre. In its own wing, the master bedroom suite has separate his-and-her bathrooms and an exercise room. The wife's closet is a spacious 12 feet x 12 feet.
To accommodate the owner's automobile collection, two separate garages can house five cars on the ground level. Built with an extra high ceiling, one garage can store additional cars on a car lift.
While this whole house renovation may have a country lodge appeal, it is far from rustic in amenities and conveniences. The owners can now enjoy the best of both worlds.