SRQ Magazine 2015 Home of the Year Awards

SRQ Magazine Platinum Award Winner 2015
Best Bathroom, Best Kitchen, Best Overall Renovation

Read the full 2015 SRQ Magazine Awards Brochure. (PDF)


One aspect of Florida living that Shopa-Hawks insisted on keeping in the Mid-Century Home they renovated was the outdoor shower, which they used almost daily. Since two other bathrooms in the home had showers, they decided the only shower option in the master bathroom would be outdoors. Indoors, the master bath is home to a deep soaking tub. The space for a tub was limited because it was framed by a mechanical closet on one side and the master bedroom wall on the other. Shopa sourced a Kohler tub and says it’s a deep, comfortable soak. All tile was sourced early in the project and all was ordered according to its lead time. The 1x1 tile for the master bathroom, which had a lead time of 12 weeks, arrived two weeks before installation was scheduled. Unfortunately, it was an entirely different color than the sample tile. Since the tile was only one of two tiles used in the bathroom, they had to work together. New tile had to be sourced, ordered and delivered in a two-week window, which was accomplished. One of the current controversies in master bathrooms is one sink or two. Spend any time on Houzz and you will find lots of opinions. Some people prefer standing side by side to brush their teeth, others just see an extra sink to clean and one that takes up valuable counter space. Shopa-Hawks decided that they would each claim a bathroom for themselves, but the outdoor shower required shared custody. Architect: Jon Barrick. Contractor: Dynan Construction Management. Photography by: Raif Fluker.

2015 Best Bathroom



The Shopa-Hawks house is a Mid-Century Modern (MCM) home built in 1959. The owners grew up with, and love, MCM architecture, but the kitchens of the 1950s were small kitchens, often hidden from view. After retiring and moving into the home that they had owned for 10 years while still living in Minneapolis, they realized that either the kitchen, or their lifestyle, had to change. They opted for the changing of the kitchen, which was part of a total remodel and addition to their Venice Island home. To expand the kitchen, Shopa and architect Jon Barrick decided to increase the footprint by expanding into the side yard. Existing interior kitchen walls were removed so the new kitchen would interact with the living and dining room, thus allowing for a social-centric kitchen. Barrick also designed a floating wood ceiling that serves to define and frame the kitchen while keeping it open to other living spaces. In order to preserve the existing slope of the roof, the kitchen ceiling height slopes down at the outside perimeter. The low ceiling on the outside wall is offset by a large window that sits directly on the counter, reflecting light throughout the kitchen. The detail of the window sitting directly on the counter required unique, hidden electrical outlet placement to meet code requirements. Shopa knew she wanted rift-cut, white oak slab cabinets with a horizontal grain and white glass upper cabinets with aluminum frames. She also wanted Silestone countertops and a waterfall side detail on the kitchen island, all only 2 centimeters thick to give more of a modern, sleek aesthetic. She worked with kitchen designer Patti Winkler of Kitchen Latch, who engaged Albrecht Cabinets to fabricate the custom cabinets and coordinated the install of the Silestone countertops and waterfall island detail. Architect: Jon Barrick. Contractor: Dynan Construction Management. Kitchen Cabinets: Patty Winkler, The Kitchen Latch and Albrecht Cabinets. Landscape: Dane Spencer. Photography by: Raif Fluker.

2015 Best Kitchen



The Shopa-Hawks home, a 1959 example of Mid-Century Modern (MCM) architecture, is located in Venice’s Historic District, which focuses on the preservation of 1920s Mediterranean Revival homes. Many MCM homes in Venice’s Historic District have been torn down and replaced with modern interpretations of Mediterranean Revival homes. Fortunately, Venice’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) recently modified their guidelines to allow homes of other architecturally significant styles within the Historic District to be exempt from ARB oversight. The owner sought and received an exemption prior to the start of construction. As much as Shopa-Hawks wanted to retain the MCM architecture of their home, the cramped kitchen, small bedrooms and lack of usable outdoor space needed to be addressed. Shopa and architect Jon Barrick kept the roof lines and openness of the original home, while preserving the existing terrazzo floors and using clear anodized aluminum frames for new windows. The seamless addition provides a modern social-centric kitchen, bedrooms with their own bathrooms for vacationing guests, and a screened-in porch that runs the length of the back of the house. Shopa was referred to Rob Dynan of Dynan Construction, a builder who appreciated MCM homes and understood the attention to detail needed in modern architecture, especially when joining a new addition to an existing home. And while the house itself did not require the oversight of the ARB, when landscape architect Dane Spenser submitted his plans to the city, ARB permission was required for wood screens in the landscape that did not meet the Historic District guidelines. Shopa and Dynan presented a mock-up of the screens to the ARB, stated their case that the wood screens were part of the MCM vernacular, and received ARB approval. Mid-Century Modern homes were the backbone of the 1950s Florida building boom and uniquely suited to Florida living. Terrazzo floors and vaulted ceilings helped to cool the homes, cross ventilation was provided by appropriately placed windows, and lanais allowed for the indoor-outdoor living that people sought in Florida. All of these features are beautifully expressed in this MCM house updated for modern living. Architect: Jon Barrick. Contractor: Dynan Construction Management. Landscape: Dane Spencer. Photography by: Raif Fluker.