A Florida Beauty on the Bay: West Broadview by KZ Architecture

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Located in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, this 5,800-square-foot home has something for everyone in a soaring, expansive design by KZ Architecture. Divided into separate “wings,” its front entrance is sheltered by an overhang from one wing and is edged with not just planted beds but a lily-covered pond. Indoors and outdoors blend here, with the favorable Florida climate and a waterfront location greatly abetting the owners’ enjoyment of open-air spaces and panoramic views. With cozy, low-slung furniture, a sitting room/lounge affords a terrific vista of pool, lawn, dock, and bay beyond; tall windows, separated only by unobtrusive white pillars, are topped by clerestories that afford even more natural light. Stairs that seem suspended in the middle of the house connect the levels easily without interrupting sightlines.

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A stone accent wall holds two narrow, wide windows that give the kitchen a little slice of scenery of its own; a shining white island offers extra seating besides the more formal dining table and chairs around the corner. Not that much of this interior is “formal”: steps away from the dining table is an entertainment area with chic turquoise swivel chairs and a plump couch with extra throw pillows, casual and elegant at once. And even the master bath is all windows — for the best outlook from any soaking tub in Florida! So, whether they’re indulging in a chess game in one sunny corner, or preparing to take off on the boat down the bay, these owners have fun at their fingertips in this unfussy, clean-lined luxury 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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