Nestled in the Trees

Nestled in the Trees

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deally situated on a lot full of trees in Oyster Bay Harbour, Rebecca and Greg Ott’s dream house overlooks the placid Amelia River. The Otts first discovered the beauty of Amelia Island when Greg was stationed at the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. At first the couple rented, then they fell in love with Oyster Bay, and eventually they bought a lot where they could build their forever home.

The marshfront lot begged for a house that would maximize all its natural beauty. The Otts decided that Bryan Lendry of Lendry Homes was the builder who could bring their 3,250-square foot dream house to reality. The couple credits Bruce Sikes of Floridian Design for many of the home’s custom built-ins, including two Murphy beds in Greg’s office.

0417Ott_52Rebecca and Greg wanted to retire to a place where their two children, Jessica and Michael, would look forward to visiting them. Fernandina Beach offers everything the family loves – beach, boating, restaurants, biking, and lots of friendly people.

Once they committed to the process, Rebecca went to the internet to explore ideas for their new home. The two-year process was well worth it, shares the couple, as each detail was carefully planned and executed.

Upon entering the front door of the Otts’ home, with its elegant etched heron on the door glass, one is immediately captivated by the view through the windows on the far side of the room. Aged live oaks stand as living sculptures, with a view of the river beyond them. The room’s high stone fireplace adds a dramatic accent.

In preparation for the new home, Rebecca had collected a few pieces of artwork before the house was even under construction. She smiles as she points out a tile mural in the kitchen behind the stove top. It is a beautiful, detailed heron in shades of gray and blue. The colors in the artwork inspired the choice of colors throughout the house. Benjamin Moore produced the colors, including Weimaraner and Stormy Sky, which are used in the kitchen and the bar area.

A small bar on the left after entering the front door is a showcase for the couple’s beer stein collection, which belonged to Greg’s father, a dentist, whose patients would bring him mugs from their different colleges. His father would display the stein with a card with the name of the donor and the year. There are about 80 mugs in the collection.

A favorite room in the Ott house is the kitchen. The couple loves to cook and entertain, and they planned a kitchen where they both can work without getting in each other’s way. The kitchen opens into a family room that is made for entertaining. The room includes a pull-down screen to watch movies and a pool table. The many decks off the house offer additional spaces to entertain.

One of the things on Rebecca’s wish list for the house was a fireplace in the master bedroom. The couple loves their private space in the master suite. The master bath features a steam shower, which can be used as both a shower and a sauna.

The home has two garages. The one with the “Captain’s Quarters” sign over the door is Greg’s dream work space, where he enjoys hobbies such as working on his 1965 Corvette and brewing beer, which he kegs for their taps in the garage and the bar area in the main house. The other garage is for parking the cars and the workout/ storage area.

Their dream house has become a reality for Rebecca and Greg Ott and their children. They delight in sharing it with friends and family.