Sunday, April 27, 2008

Caloosahatchee River From our Balcony

Sunset from the second floor Balcony overlooking the Caloosahatchee river and the canal with the old boat mast-what a beautiful way to end another fantastic day in Florida.

Very seldom that we are not blessed with beautiful sun sets and sun rising, the house is laid out on the lot so the back of the home faces due south, The balcony is high enough to be above the surrounding trees therefore we have a panoramic view of natures gift of color. From our window over the front door we can see the vapor trail of the Shuttle when it is being launched from Cape Canaveral

Lets continue with our tour of the house, we will go up stairs, this is what you will see as you
enter the 2nd floor, The floors are Oak,the walls are faux finish
in a very pleasant blue, three full length windows along the right or west wall. In front there are sliding glass doors that open onto the balcony.
There are two ceiling fans, and the
room is wired for phone, and T.V.
From here you can get a great view
of the Caloosahatchee River and the
untouched Florida foliage across the
water, one of the few locations left that you can have a view like this. A great place to set and watch the wild life and enjoy the boats that are traveling from the Gulf to Miami, Fla. you are right on the inland Water Way. You can see the canal from this point and the sea wall which was put in by the corp of Army engineers many years ago. This is a great location, the river in front of you is a no Wake Zone ,this means you get no wave action to errode the wall.
You also have a few more minutes to look over the hundreds of
different style boats-every conceivable pleasure craft, and a great
many commercial ships and barges. The ships mast that is on the point was placed there by a previous owner and came from a ship that plied the waters of the great lakes. It has become a land mark now. He used to fly three flags from the top and there are lamps on the yard arms.

Before we go back down stairs notice the closet on the rear wall and the hall way by the stairs, that door open into the 2nd floor
bathroom. On the facing wall there is a vanity, with framed mirror, the walls have wood paneling on lower surface with wall paper above. to the right a double hung window , and you can just see the edge of the shower. The floors are ceramic and the shower stall is 8 by 10 blue ceramic tile full length with a bench. There is a ceiling fan in the center and light fixtures over the sink.

As we start down the stairs you can
get a great view of the living room
from the landing, as well as the dinning room. With the sky lights
and the open concept, interior is open, light and airy. You never feel confined, with the sliding glass walls,
it's like living in the open.

Our last stop will be the Library, which could be used as a fourth bed room, it has a large closet

as you enter to the left are two sets of double doors 8 ft high 6 panel doors finished with faux wood graining. behind these there is shelfing which can be removed to convert to cloths closet.
The floors here are Oak. The walls are wood paneled on the lower part with wall paper on top. Heavy crown moldings and natural finished built in adjustable wood book shelfs. Electric
fireplace on the right wall with book cases and over mantel, with marbleized ceramic tile surround and hearth. The East wall there is a display cabinet and beyond this a work shop 12 by 22 that could very easily made into another bedroom. this shop area has hot and cold water to a sink that is attached to main sewer line so the installation of a bath and conversion of this area would not be difficult.

There is a door on the north wall leading into the 3 car garage area. Masonry walls, stucco finished with sheet rock ceiling, very well insulated. There is a small floored area in the attic for storage. The front has two doors one is 9 foot the other 12 foot wide both of these are hurricane overhead track doors.
In addition to the large doors there is a entrance door with glass window. On the north wall we have a colonial window matching the windows on the front of the home. On the south wall there are three doors, the one we came from the library, another leading into the 12 x 22 work shop and a third going out the back. There are numerous 4 foot florescent light fixtures on the ten foot 6 inch ceiling.

The shop has full length window along east side with work bench. the south side has a 4 foot metal door, and wash sink with hot and cold water. Along the west wall we have work bench and built in cupboards which turn and follow along the north wall. Ample shelving and storage area for things that always seem to collect. There is a separate electrical service panel in this area, this assures that we have full power for the pumps and motors. there is also outlets for 220
to accommodate a welder or other heavy duty unit.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Master Bed Room Overlooking Caloosahatchee

Some of the most beautiful Sunsets in the world
are right here in Florida, overlooking the Caloosahatchee
river. From our balcony the sky seems to explode
with rich orange and reds,as you watch the clouds form
various shapes that test our imaginations. -is that a fish in the center-

Here we are again in the kitchen living room area,everyplace you go brings you back to this area, that is what we like about the open floor plan.

This gives us a
chance to look
toward the front
which is the north side of the house. As we go
on past the living room area
we get a quick view of the caloosahatchee river again, The glass doors really make it feel like you are right out of doors. As we reach the bed room there are a pair of 6 raisen panel colonial doors to open, revealing a beautiful master bedroom.
directly in front
are the sliding
glass doors which
open onto the
pool area and the
view of the river.

On the left side or east side of the
home there are a pair of windows on each side of the bed, coming along that wall you can see opening of a pocket door which leads to the Master Bath
and on the right we have a beautiful English molded wood burning fireplace, with glass doors
The over mantel goes right to the ceiling with a 18 inch molded plaster cove molding which flows into the cove sorounding the room. The ceiling has some special features in that it is made with a 9 inch oval tray that has been decorated. from the center of the tray there is a chandelier fixture. Around the outside of the oval we have molded plasters leafs that been applied to emphisize the oval. Around the room there is a colonial type chair rail, and the windows and doors have been finished off with wide colonial moldings to give the room that special look and feel. Here again the ceramic floor flows through the room matching the rest of the home.
The master bath is special as you can see.

Notice the large columns on the right with the mirror not only is this a backdrop for the whirlpool
tub in the foreground, but this is the back of the shower which we can walk into from either side of the tub-will come back to this- on our left there is a rather large vanity with solid counter top insert with two sinks, above which there is a full mirror with overhead lighting. The soffit above this area is a great place to display your favorite items, of course the room is finished with crown moldings
The first photo we have is
the oval tile and glass block wall that forms the
outside wall of the shower
it's rather small and could
not get photos of the actual fixtures. There are two adjustable shower heads on the wall plus a hand held spry head that you can use, with a small built in ceramic seat. The back of the columns allow for a shelf area for storage of bath necessities. The door way directly in front of you has a pocket door and opens into a large walk in closet with three rows of metal shelf, and below this plenty of room for coats and dresses. There is also a access for the attic. The door to the right opens into the toilet area, like the rest of the bathroom the walls are8 by 10 ceramic tile with decorator strip along the top. the upper walls are wall paper. In the toilet room we have hand painted window to give the room a feeling of openness, there also is a chandelier. We have two more area to visit the library and the 2nd floor

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lets Check Out the Dinning Area & Guest Bedroom

Guess I am sort of stuck on the Eagle. Strange but they do not seem to be present every day-they may be here for a week or so and then you do not see them for a while. Guess it's the same with the Heron, now that is one big bird, they do not seem to associate with the egret, you see both in the yard but a lot of distance between them. No one is very friendly with the Eagle, all the other birds let him be by his self, when he lands, the others disappear, probably they do not want to be lunch.

Guess we left off in the kitchen so lets get back there and we will go back up to the front of the home. On the far left of photo there is a hall way, we will go there
later, right now notice the Oak stairway on our left, these stairs
have a landing and descend in two directions you can see the steps coming into this ares but there is also a entrance from the dinning
room. From here you can get a good view of the archways and ceiling in the rotunda. Lets go right up to the dinning room.

Photo on the left, looking from the center of the rotunda through the dinning area with a good view out the front window. The photo on the right shows just the end of the stairway and the opening to the hall way.

To your left is the stairway to second floor, you can see here how the two sets of stairs come together on a landing then turn and go up. Then if you look up you will see how the crown moldings come together and the details of the tray ceiling.There is a center chandelier and around the outside of the tray recessed bucket fixtures, you can really lite the room up or use the chandelier for mood lighting.
In this photo please note the opening into a hall way, this is the hall I referred to earlier. This separates the passage from the kitchen to dinning room that guest will not be disturbed while setting a table,and no need to go through the living area. This also has the Guest bed room entrance just as you enter the hall to the right.
Afraid this area is hard to take good
photos, this one shows how much light is coming in from the full length window on left and the very decorative Leaded stained glass window directly over the bed. The Crown molding does not show up , nor does the six inch base board. All the windows and doors have 3 inch wide colonial style casings, most Florida homes do not have this, very time consuming but lends a charm to the home. Along the left wall which you can not see in the photo there is a full closet with 4 twenty four inch bi sliding doors for easy access.
In the center of the room there is a ceiling fan.
Next to the guest room we have the guest bath. Again very hard to get far enough back to take good photos but I think you can see the vanity, this has tile surface, Ceramic sink with polished brass faucets. There is a framed mirror and widow. The walls are 8 x 10 Ceramic tile, about 4 ft high with special made decorative trim all of this is in a light beige color. on the top we have wall paper which can very easily be changed. Above the vanity there is a soffit with recessed lights and above this a shelf for decorative objects. Along the right wall there is a door opening into a linen closet, In the reflection of the mirror you can see the frame work of the shower - its glass enclosed with polished brass frame and fixtures, ceramic walls and floor. This toilet fixture like all the others in the home are water savers. The floor in this bath are dark red Mexican tile that match the counter tops.
further down the hall way there is the laundry room were you will find the service entrance for the electric on this side of home, plus the hot water unit. Along the right wall are the washer and dryer, plus a area for soild cloths and a work area. Above this we have white cabinets, with raised panel doors and a wire shelf. On the left side there is a storage cupboard with shelfs and bi fold doors. At the end there is a laundry sink, with a French door opening onto a covered patio were our refus bins are stored. There is one large lighting fixture on the ceiling, plus the glass door making it a very light and cheerful place to work. This area is shut off by a pocket door from the rest of the home.
We are now back in the kitchen area. and just in time to look out the opened sliders to see the
boats. Some times there are several waiting, the
locks that are just upstream only open at certain times, so they have to wait in front of the house until they get a signal. You can not see it in this photo but just about half way between the two boats there is a buoy in the Caloosahatchee that marks the no wake zone so everyone has to slow down. This no wake make it great for us - there are no waves from the boats and we get a few minutes to view them before they are on there way to Miami or the East coast.

Junction of Caloosahatchee river and our canal and river view of our home

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lets Move Ahead to Kitchen

Two things you will see a lot of the Capt "P"
and the snowy Egret. The Captain usually makes one trip a day in season, but the Egret is here just about every day. We have about a dozen or so and they go over the lawn picking out the bugs, every little bit helps, I never scare them off-but my cat is scared to death and I think the birds know it they will come pretty close to the pool cage, even when the cat is there.

Last post we were in the Rotunda, so lets get back there, we will pass through the living
room you can see out across the pool to the caloosahatchee river, if the screen enclosure were
not there you could easily throw a coin from here into the river, its that close. In the photo the sliding glass door are closed, when they are open its like living outdoors. This room has a vaulted ceiling,and it is high, probably 16 ft or more. There are two sky lights that makes it very light and a couple of ceiling fans for use when you do not want to use the Air Conditioning. The fireplace is wood burning with glass doors, and the hearth and fireplace marble. On each side of the fireplace we have a shelf, you will notice that in other photos.

Ahead of us and to the right is the kitchen, the cabinets are Hickory, they look to me like Oak but believe me they are real Hickory.
Of course when we finished the kitchen white
was in, now it has to be stainless, this is not
that big a item it can be worked out. Around the ceiling in the kitchen and breakfast nook we have crown molding, the ceiling lites are sunken units plus a chandelier in breakfast area. There is also indirect lighting under the cabinets , the counter top is ceramic tile with molded edge, and ceramic back splash, The ceramic framed flowers picture is built into the back splash. The island has storage under it , with raised area along front to form a bar. these tops are granite. The floors in this area are a continuation of the 18 inch tile throughout the house. The stove is a electric convection GE, as are all the appliances. Under the Sink there is a reverse osmosis water
system. The refrigeration double door, with water attached
door does not have to be opened for ice or water.
To the left we have the breakfast nook, this has a pair of French doors opening onto a screened walk way to the pool. It also has a window just around the corner there on the left that opens right onto the pool area so that food and items you need to barbecue can be passed out right from the kitchen area.

The photos to the right are more of
the breakfast nook. Notice the hand applied flowers over the windows, you may have noticed this same item over the kitchen window. Its little details like this that makes this house special. The leaded chandelier in the one photo is a family heirloom and does not go with the home.
This is a great place for that morning
wake up, there is always something going on on the river, wildlife, boats, just a never ending source of entertainment. Think we will take a break now and leave you with a few outside shots of the caloosahatchee river, our number one attraction, followed close by the wildlife and ever changing sun sets