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  Island in the GroveIsland in the Grove


F. P. Dino & Associates, Inc.
2234 N. Federal Highway, #470, Boca Raton, FL 33431

General Description

Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Date Bid: Jan 2007
Construction Period: Mar 2007 to Feb 2008
Total Square Feet: 4,701 Site: 0.18 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 788; first floor, 3,053; second floor, 860; total, 4,701 square feet (3,913 square feet living area).
Building Height: Garage, 10’1”; first floor, 12’1”; second floor, 12’8”; floor to floor, 24’9”; total, 36’9”.
Basic Construction Type: New/CBS (Concrete block).
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: J.A.O. Architects and Planners - 3100 Boca Raton Boulevard, #115, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Structural Engineer: Universal Engineering, Inc. - 12828 Buckland Street, Wellington, FL 33414
General Contractor: Harries Construction, Inc. - 21346 Saint Andrews Boulevard, #141, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Marmek, Inc. - 131 Citrus Park Circle, Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Cost Estimator: Scott Martin, Inc. - 5545 American Circle, Delray Beach, FL 33484

Located in Boca Raton, Florida this home features a Mediterranean design resulting from a metamorphosis of different types of architecture that include Italian, Spanish and Greek influences.

The lot was a challenge from the beginning. The house is located on a double zero lot among a group of existing homes in an established development. This required a specific and restricting envelope to fit the house into.

Collaboration efforts with the senior space planner, Brett E. Foster, and interior designers Darlene Dino and Domenique Martin, owner of D. Dino Designs Inc. in Delray Beach, Florida evolved. All three worked closely together to create solutions for the challenges they faced while working on the project. "We worked hard to break down the floor plan and elevation to offer more character to the residence," Martin says. "We tried to maximize the use of the property inside and out."

The house includes a large paver stone motor court where one's eyes are immediately drawn to the sheer wall located adjacent to the covered entrance. "As you approach the home a trellis runs all the way across the front adorned with bougainvillea below a distinctive coquina stone medallion suggesting an Old-World, Tuscan look," Foster says. "Walking under the covered porch one can't help but notice the tongue and groove pecky cypress wood accenting the ceiling just above the mahogany stained double door front entrance to the home."

The living room includes a custom-designed stone fireplace located outside the metallic painted formal dining room. It features an oversized mantle and spectacular wall applique above, visible from the entrance. The kitchen contains an array of impressive stainless steel appliances including a double drawer dishwasher and a unique microwave drawer built into the cabinets below the convection wall oven.

The master bath is customized specifically for a quintessential lifestyle and features separate his and her facilities. The layout of the master suite was set up based on the location of the bed. The bed is set up to give the best view of the outdoor spa located in the back lanai area. The pecky cypress wood ceiling is accented again here and blends in perfectly with the outdoor summer kitchen offering a state of the art stainless steel gas grill, outdoor refrigerator and food prep sink.

"It gives you the feeling of escape and relaxation. We wanted to give the homeowner a spa experience every time they entered and truly make it a master bath," Dino says. "Tumbled stone in different shapes and textures and granite were used in the shower and vanities."

For the second year in a row this model was awarded a PRISM Award by the Gold Coast Builders Association and has built up quite a trophy case compiling four awards in the past year. Once a year, the PRISM (Professional Recognition in Sales and Marketing) Awards honor companies that demonstrate exceptional performance in the Building Industry. The PRISM Award Judging Committee has recognized the 3,700 square foot model home which F.P. Dino is offering in the well renowned Boca Grove community. "Best interior design in 2008 and winning awards for the Master Bath, Dining Room, and Kitchen in 2009. We are honored that the home in Boca Grove has been recognized with multiple PRISM awards for its exceptional interior design and architectural quality" said Jere Croke, Vice President of F.P. Dino, Inc. "The time and effort put in by our design team, Darlene Dino and Domenique Martin illustrates the recognition the home has received by the Gold Coast Builders Association".

All parties involved attribute their success to teamwork. "I directly attribute the success to the open-minded and venturesome clients, their continuous and cooperative involvement and the teamwork with professionals who care about the detail and take pride in their work," Martin says.

Dino adds that the accommodation of great people to work with is the reason for its success. "The architects, interior designers and project managers - everyone was helpful and cooperative," she says.  

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