Bayside Contemporary


Sanibel Island, Florida




Dan Hahn Custom Builders

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This newly completed residence is located on Sanibel Island on a unique bayou site with western exposure for a perfect view of the sunset.

The main entry is a long narrow drive that was planted with seven large native live oaks to create an oak canopy with a native hammock understory consisting of native shrubs and ferns for a tunnel like entry experience. Three large curved coconuts sit at the drive terminus and frame the view of the entry lawn and landscape at the front of the residence.

There was a strong emphasis on incorporating native palms and vegetation into a Zen-inspired garden feel.  Native paurotis palms and green and silver thrinax palms were carefully specified and trimmed for use as architectural elements on the tall exterior walls.  Tropical bamboo of many different varieties were incorporated into the buffers for both ambiance and screening purposes.  Landscape grasses and bromeliad species were planted for interest along the front entry way.

Native shrubs and perennial dune grasses and groundcovers were incorporated into the side yard buffer and in the back yard on the berm at the bayou edge to blend the built element into the natural landscape.  The sodded area in the back and side yards functions as stormwater detention area and prevents stormwater from running directly into the ecological sensitive bayou.

All City of Sanibel codes were met for this environmentally and ecosystem rich site including holding and mitigating stormwater runoff on site and meeting the 75% native plant requirement in all vegetation categories.

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