Seneca Residence

Venice, Florida / United States of America

The Platinum LEED certified house is all about how architecture and the landscape are both separate and connected. The modestly scaled house is a muscular solid of strong edges and sharply cut forms. Intersecting this form is a terrace elevated on 
masonry walls and columns. The surrounding landscape preserves the forest of scrub oaks and palmettos; additions are limited to indigenous draught resistant materials. The house turns tradition upside down: the main level with its unified great room and kitchen along with the adjoining terrace and its pool are 15' above grade. It is up in the trees that people have their place. South facing doors open onto the terrace and are shaded by a trellis topped with direct solar domestic hot water collectors. A standing seam metal roof is sloped to a central rainwater collection point which feeds three 3,000 gallon tanks which supply all the potable water for the house. Solar panels atop the roof supply all the home's electrical needs.

Architect of record

Linda Searl
Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
500 N. Dearborn Street, Suite 950
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-251-9200

Associate architect

Joe Valerio
Valerio DeWalt Train
500 N. Dearborn Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-251-9200

General contractor

Jeff Shortt
Kimco Construction
1975 Englewood Road
Englewood, FL 34223, United States
Phone: 941-475-3332

Consultant 1

Yvonne Hall
Terrascape Inc.
500 North Dearborn Street, Suite #950
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-251-9200


Antonio Cuellar
Antonio Cuellar Photography
1000 West Ave, Suite 517
Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
Phone: 305-458-1131