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Jacksonville Magazine Clip | Beachy Keen | Sept 2014

Fabulous new build in Ponte Vedra Beach, where the homeowners wanted Anglo-Caribbean style to enjoy as much of the outside as possible.



A PONTE VEDRA OASIS MELDS COMFORT WITH STYLE A KEEN AN ARCHITECT, A BUILDER AND an interior designer walk into a bar. A recipe for disaster? Not when the clients know what they want—for Kathy and Jack Gleason, that was a lot. Among the requests: open-air space and a “home that can run on auto pilot,” bean bag chairs and no more pink. Ever. (That specific request came courtesy of the couple’s sixteen-year-old daughter). The architect (Cliff Duch, of Cronk Duch Architects) took all of the requests into account, eventually suggesting an Anglo- Caribbean look. The builder (Michael Lenahan of Aurora Custom Homes) concurred, adding that the home needed to be made of “quality, durable materials—something low maintenance.” And thus, the building began. Duch sent the Gleasons to Windsor, a community in Vero Beach filled with white stucco, Anglo-Caribbean houses—what he calls a blend of “classic Southern and island home styles, with a contemporary appeal.” With steeply pitched metal roofs and vertically proportioned windows, this style allows for lots of natural light. BY Juliet Johnson PHOTOGRAPHS BY Wally Sears SEPTEMBER 2014 JACKSONVILLEMAG.COM | 57