On Casey Key, lessons in preserving paradise
By MARSHA FOTTLER
Correspondent Herald Tribune, Sarasota Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Sidney and Anita Holec have lived on Casey Key for 30 years. Their experiences of island living led them to build a "green" house with gardens that blend in with the beach.
"I've been influenced by Sarah Susanka's book, 'The Not So Big House,' says Anita. "So when Sid and I were planning our third move on Casey Key we aimed for a smaller home, but it had to be a quality home that would suit the way we live, with clever built-ins and rooms that feel bigger than they are. We also wanted this beach house to be nestled into the island with the sand and shore being part of how we would live in the house every day. To achieve that, we needed a green or sustainable house."
To realize their vision, they had to find the right architect, builder and landscape designer while dealing with the rigorous restrictions governing building or planting on a barrier island. Anita interviewed several firms before putting together a team she was comfortable with: architect Yehuda Inbar, contractor Steve Ellis of MyGreenBuildings and landscape designer Clinton Lak of ArtisTree. Read the full article
This is MyGreenBuildings second LEED Platinum home built on the Beachfront. This home is all about quality and the “beachy” feeling you get from living along the water’s edge. The scale of this design reaches back to the past, when nature was more dominant then the living structures.