Ultra-customized, palatial family estate home occupies one-acre lot
Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. is pleased to announce it has completed construction of the largest residence in the prestigious luxury living community of Talis Park in Naples, featuring an extreme level of customization, exquisite materials and artisanal craftsmanship to bring the grateful homeowners’ vision to life. In partnership with architect Weber Design Group and Interiors by Design West, the nearly 24,000-square-foot project came together in 21 months from groundbreaking to issuance of the certificate of occupancy, with Van Emmerik Custom Homes owner Chris van Emmerik on site to coordinate subcontractors and the army of workers on any given day.
Aside from being a showpiece, this palatial estate home serves as a comfortable and functional residence for the homeowners’ large family, with plenty of room for the children to explore on the nearly one-acre footprint. With about 17,400 square feet of living space, this elegant home features accents, materials and design elements inspired by the homeowners’ extensive world travels, including many water features throughout and surrounding the home.
The moat floors in the two master bath showers, for example, recall a stay at the Kempinski Ambience Hotel in New Delhi. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall takes up one side of the master bath, looking out onto a wading area with a waterfall continuously cascading over a privacy wall. An infinity-edge waterfall spa is the centerpiece of that serene space. An impressive fountain surrounds two sides of the home office, with sliding doors that open 90 degrees to bring the outdoors inside. The swimming pool, designed by Outdoor Productions, Inc., features a spa and stepping stone walk and tiled beach entry. In keeping with the large scale of the home, the pool measures 40 by 60 feet.
The home offers six bedrooms, seven full baths, two half baths, formal living and dining rooms, a wine room, craft room, formal salon and study. A covered walkway connects to a guesthouse that features three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. The opposite side of the estate has a walkway connecting to a two-story home office with a large conference room and a “man cave” upstairs.
Among the Talis Park home’s impressive features is the extensive use of Galala stone, named after the mountain in Egypt from which it was carved out specifically for use in the trim work, window arches, the 76 stone columns throughout the exterior and interior of the home, finely detailed scrollwork around the three garages, and even the driveways. For interior flooring, more than 5,000 square feet of 48-by 48-inch limestone slabs were installed, requiring three men to carry and set each slab into place. A massive amount of concrete work went into the home as well. The exterior is concrete and concrete block with a hollow precast floor system with a concrete topping.
Energy efficient LED lighting is built into the home, and having personally traveled to the headquarters of Savant, Crestron and AMX, the discerning homeowner had an AMX Home Automation System installed. The family enjoys touch-button control for the home’s lighting and sound system right from the front door. An iPhone control can even turn on the spa. A Ruckus Wi-Fi network provides unparalleled Internet coverage and speed throughout the home.
Chris van Emmerik said, “Every home we build is unique and precisely tailored to the desires of the homeowner. This project was monumental in scope, but it was a dream to bring together with our team, including Weber Design Group and Interiors by Design West. As with all of Van Emmerik Custom Homes’ projects, the homeowners were the most important team players, and we just couldn’t be happier with the realization of their dream and the seamless process it took to get there.”
Interior Designer Alexis Limb with Interiors by Design West said, “The weekly site meetings were integral in the coordination of all of the interior architectural enhancements designed for the house as well as keeping up with the pace and timeline of the building process. Van Emmerik Custom Homes was amazing to work with on this project and making sure the end vision was brought to reality.”
Bill Weber, President of architectural firm Weber Design Group, Inc., said, “It truly takes a unique and highly qualified builder to coordinate and execute all the requirements necessary to bring this caliber of a project to life and the team at Van Emmerik Custom Homes has done just that. They exceeded our expectations greatly—from time frame coordination to communication with all parties involved. It’s such a pleasure working with great professionals like Van Emmerik Custom Homes. It’s part of what make this industry so awesome.”
About Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc.
Chris van Emmerik got his start in the construction industry as a carpenter in the custom home industry in 1982, and worked with some of the finest craftsmen in the field for 10 years. In 1992 he formed Van Emmerik Construction, and later began to specialize in custom homebuilding. The company quickly built a reputation for value, craftsmanship and its dedication to communication with clients. It rebranded as Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. in 2012 to more clearly reflect its focus on high-end luxury homebuilding. Chris personally oversees every aspect of every project and every client enjoys cell phone access to him for questions and ideas that occur outside of a 9-to-5 workday. A complete custom home builder and Certified Building Contractor, Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. is located at 5621 Strand Blvd., Suite 114 in Naples, Florida and can be reached at (239) 825-5643. Visitvanemmerikcustomhomes.com for more information.