LOVEAMELIA TOURS the 2019 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE at CRANE ISLAND

LOVEAMELIA TOURS the 2019 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE at CRANE ISLAND


(dramatic orchestral music) – [John Hillman] On behalf
of the development team here at Crane Island, I’d like to welcome you to the 2019 Southern Living Idea House. You can actually come here. For $22, you can take a tour of the house. And actually part of the proceeds of this house is gonna go to the Amelia Island Museum of History. So we’ve got a great
partnership with them. We’ve got some great hotel partners that are actually gonna
help bring people here. So if you want to get
more information on that, just go to
AmeliaIsland.com/SouthernLiving. So if I can, let me just tell you a little bit about the house, as we get started here. This is really to represent something you would have seen in old Fernandina. And it’s a river home here, but all the bracketing detail, all the rail detail, is stuff that you would
have seen downtown. And here we are building a brand new home to honor those great traditions. So if I can, let me bring you on in. I can say to you, we’re kind of porch snobs. We get really excited about porches. They gotta be a certain width, and in this house, there’s actually over 1,400 square feet of porch space that you can enjoy. So both on the front side, where you’ve got eastern exposure, and on the western side, where you’re gonna watch your sunsets. This home is a wonderful collaboration. Historical Concepts is
the architect of record for the home. So Jim Strickland and Clay Rokicki were very instrumental in getting the architecture right. And as I open this door, you’re gonna see the
magic of Heather Chadduck out of Birmingham, Alabama, with her team, to really infuse this wonderful style here at Crane Island. So as we’re standing here in the gallery, one of the things that
we want to make sure we could do, is that you would see
that view immediately. You would really feel the river speaking to you. These doors here actually open up in bifold, so that all that breeze space, basically this space and the outdoor space become one. So the home is set up that the master bedroom is down, all the major living space is down, and you can almost imagine that second generation is all upstairs. So we’ll cover some of that today, as we go through here. And one of the hallmarks of this house is certainly the attentiveness to molding and detail. Every single wall for the most part is covered in some degree of cladding. So whether it’s nickel gap board that you see here, great trim work throughout the home. And we were very
attentive to natural light throughout the home. So as you come into any of these spaces, you’re gonna see light on multiple sides of the home. And again, the river is what speaks to us with this property, in that you’re able to look out and actually really enjoy the views of the river. Your sunsets are out there. And interesting enough, here on Amelia Island, the sunsets really change throughout the year, so your winter sunsets are southwest, and then your summer sunsets are up to the northwest. Some sort of interesting things, even in this space, this was a space to actually have felt like it was reclaimed. There would have been a
porch there originally, and then we had this space here for the master bedroom. And for a little bit of a sort of whimsy, there’s this element of sort of showing you how the home was built. So actually, these are real 2×4’s, to show you how they would have built that home back in the day, with the slanted boards for strength, and then the structural integrity of the 2×4’s. Those are real 2×4’s, by the way. And then, as you come into the master bathroom area here, obviously a place for him and her, wonderful tub area, and then just, I’ve never seen this before, but just a wonderful shower with a sort of grid pattern on it as well. This is just an incredible space. Lots of room for clothing, and all the goodies that you might need to enjoy a home like this. And again, natural light throughout. That was really important to the design team, to make sure they were able to get that. Now the Southern Living Idea House program is really set up to give the public a lot of great ideas. And in this house in particular, there’s gonna be over 100 ideas that you’ll get from the house. If you’re in a room, for example, you can actually get ideas of where this paint color came from, who were the sponsors of the windows, like Marvin Windows, Clarkson and Circa Lighting throughout here. So what’s nice, is if you see something you really love, you can actually make it your own. Or at least know where it came from. So now we’re gonna kind of make our way back into the sort of social space. But before we do that, let me bring you out here. This is one of my favorite
parts of the house. Just a really wonderful and generous screen porch space. And one of the things that was really fun about this project is working with our sponsors. And they all wanted to do something a little bit different and sort of special. And so as an example, these lanterns here, they’re actually made
by Carolina Lanterns, out of Charleston, South Carolina. And they actually designed
them for Crane Island, which is really exciting for us. And now you can actually buy them as part of the Crane Island line of lightings. So it’s something that we’re proud of. Obviously, they look like they’ve been here for awhile, and that was also part of the design intent. But really, really happy with how the sponsors stepped up and helped with the project. One of the things I mentioned early on is our love of porches, and they all live in different ways. But in this case, we often went with the deeper porch. It was 12, sometimes 14 feet in depth. Because we wanted you to enjoy a dinner of ten out here on the porch. We wanted you to be able to come out and very comfortably have
a nice gathering here, with the living space, and look out over the view. And you know daily, hourly, by the minute, you’re gonna see boats go by here, you’re gonna see dolphins come by. And it’s really just a wonderful, scenic setting here, that you can take in the river, and watch it change throughout the year, and watch it change throughout the day. So again, just a really wonderful use of outdoor space with this home. One of the things that was important for the selection of this homesite, is that you would have a wonderful river view, but there’s also a park view here. And one of the things that’s exciting about Crane Island is this interconnective trail system. There’s actually a trail right there that leads to the main amenity. But there’s a sense of privacy too, that comes with living
on a park like this. I’d also point out again some of these architectural details. The bracketing up here, the porch rail details. They really get inspiration from downtown. And there was this one wonderful home on 10th Street South, and it was wonderful. And so this is a little bit of an embellishment on that to honor that tradition. So we look at an older home, it’s an older home in its feeling and its character, but the way it lives is the way people live today. And so it was really
a great kind of fusion of those two ideas. So one of the fun things about this house is all the joys you celebrate. And one of the joys we all celebrate as dog owners, is that we love our pets. And so there was actually a little nod to the pet here with a dog pot filler. Which you don’t see every day. And then up here, just above the garage, is a little studio. And up here, you could have done a lot of different things. So today, it’s set up as a five bedroom house. But this could be a wonderful sort of artist’s studio, it could be another den, or library, if somebody wanted it up here. But it doesn’t get any better in terms of the view and the lines that are out here. Again, it’s just a home that kind of spreads out. And you’ve got different perspectives wherever you are in the home. And you gotta come see the upstairs, but the only way to see it is you gotta buy your ticket. So if you want to get more information about staying here on Amelia, go to AmeliaIsland.com/SouthernLiving. And then if you want to learn a little bit more about Crane Island or how to buy a ticket, just go to CraneIsland.com.


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