Art and a Spiral Staircase: South Parkway, Florida, by KZ Architecture

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Part art gallery, part floating white rectangle on the landscape, this 5,900-square-foot home in Golden Beach, Florida, showcases owners with eclectic and lighthearted tastes in a skilled deign by KZ Architecture. Love tree houses and balconies? You’ll love the outdoor spiral staircase leading up to the second-story gallery, a glass-railed observation deck that gives you a great view of lawn, pool, and surroundings while still preserving a secluded feel. Moving along this level, you’ll see the private family quarters of the home, with floor-to-ceiling glass that affords the entire upper level both fresh air and access to a panorama by day or night. But never fear: the outdoor staircase isn’t the only way to get to this level. If you’re not interested in open-air navigation, a central “floating” staircase fills the bill.

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Here there are visual treats of a different sort: contemporary art is displayed from its base to the top balcony/walkway. Adjacent to those stairs, you’ll find a long dining table and chairs beneath a unique “ball” chandelier; a cleverly camouflaged kitchen and dinette area are steps away in one direction, and a sitting room in another. Of course, in the mild Florida climate, indoor/outdoor living is the order of most days, and it easily happens here with the inviting pool, spa, and lounging area shaded by tall palm trees. Viewed from the front, the house presents a solid façade of concrete and stone; viewed from the back, it’s a gleaming jewel of color and open space for fun anytime. Luxury, art, and casual elegance: that’s this South Parkway home by KZ.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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