Seibert Architects designs Florida home for indoor-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-focused lifestyle in Sarasota, Florida.

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

Sitting a few feet above the shoreline, the 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) home boasts a slightly set-back garden leading down to the water.

“The pool and waterfront courtyard are terraced to provide a flat outdoor space for waterside activities, children playing, and to ease the transition into 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 in a row of spaces facing the water. These rooms have much higher ceilings and are vaulted to make room for clerestory 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 shelving that separates these spaces helps define each without completely enclosing them.

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

House in Florida by Seibert Architects
The furniture in the house is meant to reflect the Florida lifestyle

This outdoor space is sheltered by a large retractable awning and a screened 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 rest of the bedrooms are located on the opposite 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 entrance hall, for more privacy.

Schechter House
The Schechter Residence has a waterfront courtyard

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

Other Florida residences include an all-white home by Jeffrey Dungan that was completed in a range of different architectural styles, and a Miami Beach home 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
Project Architect/Designer: Michael Epstein
Structural engineer: Hees & Associates
Service provider: Yoder Houses

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