Seibert Architects Designs Florida Home for Indoor and Outdoor Living

A glazed courtyard occupies the center of this Florida residence by Seibert Architects, bringing light to the interiors and organizing circulation around the building.


Completed earlier this year, the Schechter Residence is a low-rise home that offers its owners a beach-centric lifestyle in Sarasota, Florida.

The Schechter Residence was guided by the concept of indoor-outdoor living

Located a few meters above the shore, the 4000 square foot (372 square meters) home boasts a slightly recessed garden leading to the water.

“The waterfront pool and yard are terraced to provide a flat outdoor space for waterfront activities, kids playing and to ease the transition to the water,” said Seibert Architects, which is also based in Sarasota.

Vaulted ceilings
Seibert Architects added vaulted ceilings to the design

The entry sequence into the house leads to a lush courtyard. This outdoor space enclosed by glass walls brings light into the building and also offers a play area for the owners’ children.

“The courtyard, surrounded by glass on three sides, enriches movement through the house and enhances entry by bringing light, vegetation and sky to these experiences,” said Seibert Architects.

Inside, bright pops of color are set against white walls

The living spaces and the master bedroom are arranged like a row of spaces facing the water. These rooms have much higher ceilings and are vaulted to make way for slatted windows.

“These curved shapes contrast with the more serious rectilinear nature of the design,” said Seibert Architects. “Its inhabitants describe them as uplifting.”

The open shelves that separate these spaces allow them to be defined without completely enclosing them.

The west facade of the house is preceded by tall sliding glass doors which lead to the pool terrace.

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This outdoor space is sheltered by a large retractable awning and a mesh enclosure to protect users from direct sunlight and insects.

This provides a year-round connection between the interior spaces and the pool and backyard.

Schechter House
The house is located in Sarasota

The other bedrooms are located on the other side of the house, facing the street.

Two children’s bedrooms share a common play area away from the living room, while the guest bedroom has its entrance closer to the hall, for more privacy.

Schechter House
The Schechter residence has a courtyard by the water

The home’s predominantly white finishes reflect the Florida beach-focused lifestyle. Seibert Architects provided pops of color with bright furnishings, while exposed wood ceiling vaults add warmth to the overall palette.

Other Florida residences include an all-white house by Jeffrey Dungan that has been completed in a range of different architectural styles, and a Miami Beach house for an art collector by Shulman + Associates.

The photograph is from Ryan gamma.


Project credits:

An architectural firm: Seibert Architects
Reference architect: Samuel c holladay
Architect / project designer: Michael epstein
Structural engineer: Hees & Associates
Service provider: Yoder Houses