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If you’re lucky enough to take up residence here in Southwest Florida, you’re no stranger to the beauty that envelopes this stunning area. Pristine beaches, tranquil waters and famous sunsets can all be found here, and if you’re looking to design a home, you may want to consider opting for one on the water. When you live in paradise, you want to enjoy it to the fullest, which means optimizing your home inside and out. Living on the water means access to gorgeous views, salty air and the opportunity to be coasting on the water at a moment’s notice.

If you’re designing the perfect waterfront home, here are some tips from the pros…

It’s All About the View

Living on the water means capturing the brilliant views that are produced on your natural backdrop as often as you can. Make this backdrop the focal point of your home with panoramic windows throughout. If you live on the water, you want to be able to see it, so instead of walls, opt for windows where you’re able. Let the light in, so that you won’t need to worry about turning on artificial lights, you can have natural light as often as possible. Plus, with panoramic windows, you’re able to take advantage of your views from virtually every spot in the home.

Create a Sense of Openness

Open floorplans are highly popular, whether or not a home is on the water. However, if you do own a piece of waterfront property, you’ll want to enjoy it from all areas of the home. In addition to ample windows throughout, you’ll want an open floorplan as well. This will allow you to enjoy your views while you’re lounging on the couch, entertaining friends at dinner, cooking in the kitchen or getting ready for bed. With an open floorplan, you won’t have to worry about anything getting in the way of your waterfront views.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

It’s no secret that we love our outdoor living areas here in Southwest Florida. After all, with the breath-taking views we have, sunny skies and balmy weather, who wouldn’t want to spend as much time as possible outside? If you’re on the water, it’s a good idea to maximize this space as much as possible. Chances are, you’re going to be spending a lot of time out here. Create a space outside that is not only beautiful, but functional as well.

Include features, such as:

  • Pool and spa areas

  • Outdoor kitchen

  • Seating area

  • TVs and entertainment options

  • Outdoor showers

  • Fire pits

Not only will you design the space that complements the home perfectly, you also create a space that makes life easier. Outdoor kitchens are perfect, so that you don’t miss out on all the festivities of entertaining guests and a beautiful fire pit helps tie it all together as you’re relishing in the extraordinary setting around you.

If you’re looking to design the perfect waterfront home, you’ll want to be sure to include these tips to not only create a functional space, but one that will accentuate the beauty of the water and your home.

Gulfstream Homes is ready to help you build or renovate your home here in Southwest Florida! Call (239) 254-1664 to get started.

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