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Final ‘Peek at the Unique’ house is an award winner

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020

REGAN WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY The dramatic exterior of an award-winning home.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently announced the final home to be featured in its 19th annual “Peek at the Unique” on March 14 – a stunning, custom-built residence steps from the Gulf of Mexico, designed for a couple seeking a “forever home,” with a focus on adaptability. The outcome is a contemporary house perfect for today, but truly for the ages.

In planning the home, designer Lynette Bard – with Allied ASID and a certified aging-in-place specialist – made use of Universal Design, considering future needs and accessibility standards in every aspect. Her company, Rue du Rix, won five Design Excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Designers in 2019 for the home’s design.

“Aging in place doesn’t have to look institutional,” she said.

From wide floor spaces and the expansive chef’s kitchen, to supports behind the bathroom walls for future grab-bars, consideration has gone into every element, and most are invisible or seamlessly integrated into the design. Yet for today’s active lifestyle, the home hides its secrets.

From the sun-filled living room, to the top-floor master suite with its open deck to invite stargazing, this stylish and elegant abode is a feast for the eyes. Dramatic wall coverings enliven the bathrooms, along with sleek European fixtures and warm LED lighting. A cozy office has New York cityscape wallpaper and a bright red desk.

REGAN WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Rich wall paint enlivens the guest bedroom with its 100-year-old Indonesian bed.

Fun fact: Beyond the open pool is an area designated “preserve,” where gopher tortoise burrows were discovered – though no tortoises – so the city of Sanibel’s rules preclude building there.

The home is sponsored by John Grey Painting.

“We are delighted to continue our support of Zonta,” John Grey said. “It’s great to have the opportunity to sponsor another unique tour home in which we have painted.”

Peek tickets are available through www.EventBrite.com; they are $100 each ($90 for afternoon departures, if they are available), plus a small service fee. Before boarding, attendees will enjoy “light bites.” Every dollar raised in proceeds will help to fund programs that improve women’s lives.

A bonus for this year’s event: Five homes instead of four. There is a pairing of adjacent homes with lakefront views – one a 1970s single-story, transformed during a masterful remodel, and the second a brand-new, three-story Mediterranean “castle.” There are two homes in contrasting styles owned by local personalities, friends and collaborators: the 40-year-old, eclectically decorated home of Charles Sobczak and Molly Heuer, and the other a sleek contemporary, built by Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez.

REGAN WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Light-filled dining area with generous dimensions and a Dutch lighting fixture.

For more information, visit www.zontasancap.com or follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook or on Instagram at @zontasancap.