HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST
The outdoor living area just off the pool feels like resort living. Entertaining, dining and cooking areas open to views that offer privacy and serenity.
The table and other dining room furnishings are from Décor
Envy on designer’s row in downtown Vero Beach.
“The kitchen came together almost magically,” Kim Gibson
says. The bifurcated counter sections, with a walkway in
between, create access to the center space.
When the architects asked, “what’s important to you?” The
Gibsons answered, a big kitchen.
“We have huge dinners,” Kim Gibson says. “Six children
who live here, seven grandchildren, at least one night a week
the dining room’s full, the bar’s full, people outside sitting.
They’re all cooking and helping.”
Granite and quartzite countertops came from stone fabricators
Global Stone Collection in Fort Pierce. Custom cabinets,
an apron sink and multitoned backsplash fill out the kitchen,
with appliances in the GE Monogram series.
All light fixtures and fans were sourced at LED Capstone in
Vero Beach, including the rectangular metal fixture over the
dining table, which is modern, elegant and sufficiently large
for the space. And the kitchen pendant lights used a custom,
white finish with cut-out design.
FIRE AND ICE
Outdoor living, with a view from the kitchen across the
pool to the open space beyond, was another element the
Banovs executed impeccably. Colorful bougainvillea offset a
pergola-topped patio on each side of the pool.
The Gibsons wanted a fire pit and a fountain. On the far
side of the pool, two fire and water features are filled with
deep blue stones from which the fire ignites, and spouts
underneath create the fountains. An additional fire pit on the
south patio is where the children make s’mores during their
The outdoor space, utilized as a second living area, has
a well-equipped kitchen with built-in barbeque, sink and
fridge. The adjacent dining and sitting area, complete with
big screen TV, accesses the Sonos sound system that can also
be controlled from several rooms throughout the house.
Automatic shutters are part of a total hurricane-prepared
residence. The windows are impact-glass, and the wholehouse
generator activates automatically in case of a power
outage. “If a hurricane came,” Kim says, “we’d just bring
everything inside, lower the shutters and we’d be set.”
The large, glass double doors in the northside guestroom
allow for a picture-perfect view to a pergola and a free-standing
suspended swing-seat in the shade. Poolside yet private,
the suite can be closed off from the rest of the home.
HIGHWAYMAN ART GRACES BEDROOM
The Gibsons have collected several Highwayman paintings,
including one by original Highwayman artist James
Gibson which hangs in the master bedroom. They also collect
Ray McLendon’s art, a legacy Highwayman whose father,
Roy McLendon, is one of the original 26 painters of the genre.
The southside master bedroom enjoys unobstructed views >>