Often a host to large gatherings and charity events, he wanted a palace for entertaining in grand style. Local regulations deterred him from new construction, so we undertook the total transformation of an existing red-brick Georgian house into a grand and expansive Louisiana-plantation-style home, with an undetectable old-to-new transition. The owner was there every day to make decisions, designing as he went, with the theme "make it bigger"—interior square footage nearly doubled from 3,800 to 7,425, with several thousand more of outdoor living space. Although the area was hit by two hurricanes during construction, we completed the project in twelve months and were awarded Remodel of the Year by the Treasure Coast Builders Association.
Many features of this home—large pillars and broad front porch, grand foyer, sweeping open stairway, formal dining room, extravagant and intricate interior design—are suggestive of Plantation or Antebellum architecture. Expansive lawns, an exterior fish pond, multiple fountains, carved marble fireplaces, dual living rooms, and numerous chandeliers all add to the elegant charm.