Seneca House

Venice, Florida / United States of America

The Platinum LEED certified house is 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. A standing seam metal roof is sloped to a central rainwater collection point which feeds 3 - 3,000 gallon tanks that supply all the potable water for the house. Solar panels atop the roof supply most all of the home's electrical needs. The surrounding landscape preserves the forest of scrub oaks and palmettos; invasive species were removed and the site was restored with draught resistant plant materials native to the area. 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 inhabitants have a private place. Interior materials, including the polished concrete floors, were selected to be durable, low maintenance, and simple. South facing doors open onto the terrace and are shaded by a trellis topped with direct solar domestic hot water collectors. 



Architect of Record

Linda Searl
Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
500 N. Dearborn Street
Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 312.251.9200
lsearl@searlarch.com

Associate Architect

Joe Valerio
Valerio DeWalt Train
500 N. Dearborn Street
Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 312.251.9200
jvalerio@buildordie.com

General Contractor

Jeff Shortt
Kimco Construction
1975 Englewood Road
Englewood, Florida 34223
Phone: 941.475.3332
lsearl@searlarch.com

Consultant 1

Yvonne Hall
Terrascapes Inc.
500 N. Dearborn Street
Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 312.251.9200
lsearl@searlarch.com

Photography

Antonio Cuellar
Linda Searl

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