Project Goals: Develop the remaining ten acres of vacant publicly owned land along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River to enhance public access to a natural resource, provide cultural and historical links to the area’s past, integrate the project with the surrounding uses, and connect all 72 acres of publicly owned riverfront land via the extension of the a non-motorized multi-use riverwalk boardwalk to create an asset for present and future generations.
The Westmoreland Park project is the result of a community driven planning and visioning process that was facilitated by volunteers from the American Institute of Architects, Treasure Coast Chapter, on behalf of the City.
Scott presented the Stone residence, located on Jupiter Island about six miles south of Bridge Road, the imagined centerline of the island.
The home was for two lawyers who work primarily at home and their two children. The home will be the first LEED certified home on the Island. Jupiter Island has been on an active campaign to get a home certified and use the accolade to draw potential home owners to the Island.
The home faced some challenges that Scott is working on with Jupiter Island in regards to zoning and compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. New regulations that minimal spaces (basic – non essential, non-living) spaces may not occupy the lowest level of an ocean-front home. This forced the main living space to be elevated 14 feet above the high point of the sand dune. Additionally zoning regulations of the Island restrict building height to blend into the natural landscape contained therein. As a result of the two conditions, the home was essentially restricted to a single story home.
The lot is an ocean to river site. The design team first looked at the organization of the primary spaces to face the ocean. That led the living | dining areas and master bedroom facing the ocean with the other spaces facing the river. Since the couple works at home, two separate office spaces were developed. The husband had a dedicated office space between the living areas and the master bedroom. He wife, preferred to have a portion of the master bedroom as her office space so that she could take in the ocean view. The husbands view goes to both the ocean and river.
LEED certification is an issue for large homes. This home is just less than 9,000 square feet. LEED requires that large homes gain extra points beyond the minimum required for Certification. In designing the home, the architects took advantage of the ocean facing views by have almost 100 percent of the walls as glazed. A programmable glass product called View, adjusts to the amount of light hitting the glass. It also complies with turtle regulations on the ocean. The glass is mounted into a thermally broken aluminum framing system. Specialty products such as a decking material made of rice was used for decks and exterior wall finishes. A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air handling system that required only two condensing units that the foot print is roughly four feet square.