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Amelia Islander

A Shared Vision

Jan 19, 2015 11:15AM
When Janet and Alex approached Vic Buscaino from Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Plantation Housing Corporation about remodeling their home on Walker Creek, Buscaino knew they would make a great team. They were visionaries, like himself, who could see the vast potential in such a home, and he was eager to take on the project. The couple had purchased the house in 2012, after having vacationed on Amelia Island since the 1980s. Once completed, it surpassed the owners’ expectations for quality and design. “The marsh views were the most important thing, and the original home had a traditional vaulted roof,” says Buscaino. “We opened up the back of the house and expanded it, changing the roof line and creating the amazing views you see here today.” The house was built in the 1980s, and then renovated in the 1990s, then again in the early 2000s. Still a beautiful home, the space was broken into rooms that didn’t work for the new owners. They wanted the house opened up, so the views could be taken in from every part of the house, while still keeping with much of the original footprint. Along with architect John Dodd, the “team” created a modern and extraordinary four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home like no other on Amelia Island. Originally, the kitchen was located near the entryway of the house, with a hallway. This space was converted to an office and exercise room. The newly expanded great room now includes living and dining spaces, the kitchen, and even a game room. A full outdoor kitchen looks over a casual seating area which is screened-in and located next to an outdoor brick oven, fire pit, and hot tub. The home’s deep-water location on the creek provides the perfect launching point for boating, fishing, kayaking, and crabbing. A wide variety of birds and wildlife pass outside the house throughout the day, offering an extraordinary window into the island’s marsh ecosystem. A new master suite was created from a pre-existing living area, utilizing the spectacular vaulted ceiling and beams, which were painted and updated. The room also features a fireplace and an unusual and clever closet with an open ceiling that allows for additional light and space. The attached bath boasts a remarkable tub made from engineered stone, which looks more like a breathtaking piece of art. The home actually has two master suites, and two guest rooms, one of which was built above the garage, for a peaceful and private retreat. Nicole Herbert from Vignette Design provided many of the design elements, including an amazing king size bed by Caracole, which hides a flat screen TV. With the touch of a button, the television is lowered into the foot of the bed, completely out of sight. Mike Gleason of Amelia Creative Cabinetry was another “team” member, who played a huge role in the home’s special touches. A custom cabinet in the great room divides the space without using a wall. He also designed the kitchen cabinets and other built-in shelving and storage cupboards within the house. Susan Boylan from California Closets designed the custom “his and hers” spaces for the home owners, measuring everything precisely, bringing the idea of custom closets to new heights. Janet and Alex wanted a monochromatic color scheme that would enhance the stunning natural vistas, with touches of color here and there for interest. Chabot Painting provided a professional finish in every room, while Buscaino’s crew created all the home’s custom stonework, marble counters, and wooden floors. “This was truly a team effort,” says Buscaino. “The owners and all the vendors we worked with were amazing. It was a pleasure to see so many ideas come together to create this astonishing home.”