NEW COCONUT GROVE RESIDENCE
The client had virtually stolen the land for almost nothing. So he had the money left over to spend on the actual house. He wanted a house over 4,000 on a 50' x 100' lot.
He had actually bought this corner lot from his next door neighbor who had a large lot and was willing to sell for cash. He negotiated a great deal because he had to add some items, i.e, the sidewalk, that the city required in order to approve the deal.
Normally a small lot can be a problem, but not here in the City of Miami. Unlike Coral Gables, the City of Miami has very generous zoning and the property had water and sewer. The house we designed, inspired by many of the early Merrick Coral Gables houses, is over 4,000 square feet. The side setback is creatively used to accommodate the pool, which sits between the house and the coral rock wall on Tiger Tail Street in Coconut Grove. The style is commonly known as "Mediterranean" architecture. Here it is a more modern, cleaner version than what is typically seen in Miami.
George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, had his architects travel throughout the Mediterranean and copy many things which were then incorporated into Coral Gables. This style is very popular throughout South Florida.