2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House Underway in Rosemary Beach

February 23, 2012 by Lisa Ruby

The 2012 15th Anniversary Coastal Living Ultimate Designer Beach House is on a fast track in Rosemary Beach, to be completed in time for Summer tours by the public. The whole process is being carefully documented for publication in the magazine this Fall.

The topnotch design and construction team has gone above and beyond to ensure that the unique home will be one of the finest ever built in Rosemary Beach. Stay tuned to for more updates, photos, and video.

The home wraps around a courtyard with a very large pool.

Lew Oliver, Residential Design
Lew Oliver is an Atlanta-based master planner and designer, whose work has won numerous national and international awards. As a preferred design consultant to the international planning firm, Duany Plater-Zyberk (planners of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Alys Beach), Oliver has advanced New Urbanism for a decade.

Oliver’s residential design emerged in the early 2000’s with work in noted New Urbanist projects including Celebration, Florida, Clark’s Grove Georgia and Rosemary Beach, Florida, leading to the design of the 2001 Southern Accents Show house at Rosemary Beach which drew a record number of visitors.

Stan Benecki, Developer
Benecki Homes employees are among the most innovative and professional staffs in the business. Founded in 1993, Benecki Homes strives to build inheritable houses that age gracefully and are indigenous to their surroundings. Their goal is dedication to fabulous quality and pushing the envelope in both architecture and cutting-edge materials.

Stan’s staff includes Melanie Turner, ASID and Vern Vanderkleed. Melanie’s work has graced the cover of national magazines including Veranda and she has won the ASID Best Residential Award. Vern Vanderkleed holds a degree with honors in construction management from Purdue University. He has over 20 years experience is custom luxury residential building.

Ericka McPherson Powell, Interior Designer
Rounding out the design team is Point Washington, Florida’s Ericka Powell and her design firm Urban Grace. Erika’s talent and hard work have transformed Urban Grace into a recognizable brand.  Her attention to detail, impeccable taste, knowledge and experience combine to create spaces that are seemingly effortless and memorable. Her Blog, Urban Grace, has propelled the designer and her team to a national following for her work.
Urban Grace has been featured in Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Traditional Home. The Blog was included in the Washington Post’s list of the top 10 Design Blogs.

Rosemary Beach Realty-Listing Brokerage
Rosemary Beach Realty will be the Broker for the 2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Designer Beach House. Billy Creswell is the listing agent. Billy and his family have been a part of the Rosemary Beach Community for over a decade. He brings this experience in luxury real estate sales to the marketing of this fabulous home.

The entire team of agents will also be involved in all aspects of marketing the home. Linda Miller is the Broker for Rosemary Beach Realty and Mike Poundstone is the Sales Manager.  Agents on the team are Lisa Ruby, Karen Otten, Royce Smith, Jan and Steve Stevens, Jeff Troy, Jay Sein, and Jana Gritzmacher.

The Rosemary Beach Foundation will be a beneficiary of the ticket sales. Admission is $15.00.  The home is scheduled to be open on July 1, 2012.

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