A NEW PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN TALIS PARK is quickly attracting the attention not only of its owners, but also of golfers, residents and passers-by who are impressed by its assertive London Bay Homes style.
“We constantly get feedback from golfers telling us that our home is just beautiful from the 18th hole,” says owner Mark Gudelski. Customers who come say it’s one of the most beautiful homes they’ve seen, he adds.
With London Bay Homes and its team of veterans, homeowners have found a partner for every step of their home building journey.
“London Bay Homes is listening. We told them what we wanted, and they never said anything wasn’t going to work. The answer was always: ‘Yes, we will,’” says Mr. Gudelski. “They explained things, offered suggestions, and were willing to make changes as the build progressed.”
Since building its first luxury home in Naples over 30 years ago, London Bay Homes has won over 450 industry awards for excellence in homebuilding. Company homes adorn the region’s most revered communities and neighborhoods.
“Our polished build process is engaging and user-friendly,” says Mark Wilson, company president and CEO. “Our know-how only comes from decades of experience, listening and learning from each client.”
Mr Gudelski and his partner, JP Mulholland, discovered the only residential site at Talis Park in London Bay after deciding they needed a large home to fulfill their love of entertainment.
“We previously had a house in Talis Park and were looking for more space and design opportunities in a house,” says Gudelski.
Building with London Bay Homes, as the couple quickly discovered, gave them complete customization from concept to completion by an in-house team of architects, space planners, interior designers at Romanza Interior Design and attentive supervisors.
“We liked the collaborative approach at London Bay,” says Gudelski. “They were more careful than expected. There were so many details that we weren’t always tuned in to.
The house is loosely based on another London Bay floor plan. The master suite occupies an entire wing, has a private office and an elegant bathroom with outdoor shower. The owners expanded the original footprint, separated a VIP guest suite from the main house, and created space for an oversized game room. During the planning process, London Bay Homes modeled the expansive outdoor living spaces, simulating in three dimensions the position of the sun throughout the year.
The couple’s penchant for entertaining comes to life in the elegant great room that flows into a wet bar, kitchen and dining room – a space that comfortably and effortlessly seats 30 extends outdoors towards the pool , the covered living room, the outdoor kitchen and a petanque court. Inside, transitions from room to room are defined by sawn oak that provides visual separation and reduces each space to an intimate setting.
Mr Gudelski and Mr Mulholland agree that the London Bay team’s recommendations were always right, such as the multiple double-glazed, metal-framed doors at the rear of the house providing unobstructed views of the golf course, a frosted glass backsplash at the bar for more natural light and exterior manufactured wood plank ceilings that look like natural wood but are moisture tolerant.
“They always brought us ideas,” says Gudelski.
The clients worked closely with Melissa Allen of Romanza Interior Design to create a home that reflected their style – “not too formal but more relaxed, open and inviting,” says Gudelski.
Mrs. Allen spent a lot of time with the owners to determine the furniture, finishes and selections that would complement their lifestyle. She also suggested they consider a new-to-market single-bottle cooler to quickly chill champagne, wine and other beverages. Installed in the bar counter, its illuminated rim can be set to different colors – another innovative feature to take their entertaining lifestyle to the next level.
Sometimes London Bay’s innovation and attention to detail is deliberately hidden. Air conditioning vents and electrical outlets are not visible. Neither the drainage for two bedroom balconies and an attic on the second floor. London Bay’s approach creates a seamless framework to ensure nothing detracts from the beauty and elegance of the home’s custom finishes.
In its 8,000 square feet, the Gudelski-Mulholland Residence impresses from room to room and offers an element of surprise around almost every corner. There’s an expansive game room with a shuffleboard table, full-size arcade game, card and pool tables, and woodwork worthy of a real European library. A bar bench is complete with transcalent built-in side tables that channel nightclub chic, the latter influenced by the Vanderbilt Beach Road office lobby in London Bay.
During construction, London Bay also provided peace of mind, sending photos and progress reports and outlining expectations for the following week, which was particularly helpful when the owners were out of town.
“The whole process was pretty easy,” says Mulholland. “The attention to detail is amazing.”
“We are extremely happy,” adds Mr. Gudelski. ¦