The owner utilizes his wealth of knowledge as a real estate agent to realize his dream home.
I feel sorry for realtors who specialize in luxury properties. These poor souls routinely explore some of the latest and greatest trends in the home. On a daily basis, they brave drool-inducing kitchens and face miles of spa bathrooms. They are keenly aware of the treasury of living comforts.
How could they go to work every morning and face such a daunting task and the opportunity to be the envy of their families?
For Kirk Kessel, the problem is solved by building your own heaven. And at well over $3 million, that piece of heaven is just heaven.
Kessel, who owns Carpenter/Kessel Compass Real Estate in Indian Harbor Beach, is an experienced realtor and one of the Space Coast’s top producers. His signature properties include luxury homes in Adelaide, Vielha’s most elite and gated community, boasting a pedigree of the region’s finest architects. A landscape upgrade alone could set the owner back his $250,000.
When Kessel decided to build his dream residence in 2020, he tapped into the endless well of inspiration he’d gathered over the years by showing some of these top residences along the Space Coast. I was able to do. Just over 3,000 square feet of Kessel’s creation of his 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, and 3-car garage, the home isn’t huge by luxury home standards, but it’s packed with amenities. crammed into this space.
Heeding the real estate mantra of location, location, location, Kessel chose a spectacular 90-foot-deep water lot on the southern tip of Merritt Island as the location for his new nest. The house is all about water views.
The home facing both the Indian and Banana Rivers is a treasure and its 360 degree panorama sold the Kessel on site. Architect Alex Metz designed the home built by Bayswater Construction to take full advantage of its enviable location.
“The aim is lots of windows and a big view” Kessel said.
The house certainly has a lot of windows. In fact, all rooms have great views, except for his one special space, which we will discuss later.
Given the home’s idyllic location, it must have been very appealing to go completely coastal for interior stylist Kara Parks.
“He likes a very breezy, uncluttered, down-to-earth masculine look, but he also wants something warm and inviting,” Parks said.
It’s a tall order, but Parks drew inspiration from her experience of magical hours at luxury spas in Costa Rica to make it happen.
She chose Benjamin Moore’s Soft Chamois White as the home’s primary interior color, and added a few accent wall splashes, including the use of Polo Blue in the hall. and exposed ceiling beams provide contrast and add warmth.
timeless chic furniture
For most of the furnishings, Parkes used restoration hardware bespoke pieces.
“They have the timeless chic we were looking for,” she said.
Oversized chairs and large sofas feature performance fabrics for easy maintenance, even if a Kessel dog, a scooter puts muddy dog paws on it.
Parks approached the bar area, which dominates the open floor plan’s conspicuous space, as a statement piece with tile accents and a functional, artistic wine rack.
“Why aren’t you cute?” she asked.
The kitchen relies on a white palette, but the look isn’t overwhelming thanks to the splash of color offered by Tuscany’s Oak Island.
Parks designed special shelving in the walk-in pantry as a command center where these kitchen helpers can find a permanent home with adequate power.
“Kirk doesn’t like mess,” she said.
But Kessel loves to entertain, and the Thermador 36-inch Dual Frame Series, plus a 30-inch Thermador refrigerator with custom panels and a 24-inch stainless steel microwave drawer, has what it takes to keep the party going. Everything should be there.
Privacy for everyone
Never a friend of window treatments, Kessel has opted for a network of blinds of all kinds that fade cleanly when not in use and provide complete privacy instantly.
From the wall of windows in the master bedroom, you can enjoy the view of the water from the moment you wake up.
The master bath is also flooded with light and the shower also has large windows. This is not the only shower in the space. An outdoor shower with sitting area is also accessed from the master bath. Again, Parks brought his experience from a Costa Rican resort to the space. Plenty of privacy thanks to beautiful stone walls.
Most of Kessel Residence’s rooms are surrounded by the outdoors, but there is one special place that looks inside. A 10 x 10 room, accessible only by a ladder, has a sofa, coffee table and TV for our teenage daughter Sophia.
“That’s where she’s hiding from me,” Kessel joked.
Key to home control
Kessel, a busy man, wanted a home where he could work as hard as he did, so the home is equipped with a network of technology accessible from Kessel’s smartphone. Garage doors, air conditioners, generators, alarms, swimming pools, security cameras with remote speakers, and ovens can all be controlled with a touch of your phone’s keypad.
“The home was designed with ease of living in mind and to be controlled from a mobile phone,” says Kessel.
There are many fun magnets in the house for Kessel’s precious leisure time. For example, there’s a built-in spa, with two docks instead of one and a three-hole putting green next to the pool.
“For the pool, we wanted a clean infinity pool look without the price and infinity pool issues of an infinity pool,” says Parks.
Susan Hall, First Lady of Space Coast Landscape Architects, added an elegant touch to the plantings surrounding the home. For projects from the Florida Keys to Jacksonville, Susan Hall Landscape Architecture blends a deep understanding of architecture, engineering, urban planning and horticulture for nearly 40 years to create not only visually pleasing, but environmentally conscious designs. I have created a design that Kessel’s home conveys her understated yet masterful touches with classic, flawless plantings.
A hassle-free luxury island resort living on the island, the home offers an oasis from the demanding profession of Kessel. It is difficult.
“Kirk is already talking about a new project,” Parks said with a laugh.