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Modern Coastal Custom Home

Lake Santa Fe Project Spotlight

This custom Alachua County lake house perfectly embodies the Modern Coastal Farmhouse aesthetic in every space as a nod to Lake Santa Fe just outside its windows. Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes used a refreshing color palette of blues, bright white, and natural wood that leaves the home feeling airy and comforting. The team created the perfect place to spend hours relaxing and gazing out of the windows to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding the home.  


Alachua County, Florida

Project Goals

  • Modernize 
  • Open Up Home
  • A House With a View

Project Type

Whole Home Renovation
Lake Santa Fe Wooden Beam Ceiling Custom Home Florida
Lake Santa Fe Custom Home Living Room
Lake Santa Fe Wooden Beam Ceiling White Walls Custom Home FL


The living room showcases the home’s rafters in a medium wood tone that stretches across the entire ceiling. The beams and rafters were found during the demolition phase, and it was decided to leave them exposed... a happy discovery that adds some coastal farmhouse style and a great deal of warmth to the room. The designer’s choice to use recessed lighting–rather than pendants or a statement lighting feature–leaves the ceiling unencumbered and keeps the ceiling structure as the main focal feature. Along the floors of the entire home is engineered wood that’s durable, long-lasting, and in a timeless and warm chestnut tone that plays off of the ceiling wonderfully.

Lake Santa Fe Custom Home Kitchen Alachua County FL
Lake Santa Fe Florida Alachua County Custom Home
Lake Santa Fe Kitchen Custom Home Florida


The main living area leads right into the open kitchen, where the deep blue of the lake is mimicked in the glossy ceramic subway tile on the backsplash. Against the bright white of the cabinets and quartz countertops, the backsplash offers a striking and sophisticated contrast. Recessed lighting is carried into the kitchen as well, leaving the space feeling clean and tidy.

Ample storage in the home’s U-shaped kitchen echoes the old adage: A place for everything, and everything in its place. Even with floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a storage island, and an efficient kitchen layout that leaves plenty of room for upper and lower cabinets, Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes still managed to incorporate loads of natural light with two single-hung windows. The white cabinets are in the transitional shaker style and feature understated hardware.

The Sleeping Area

The nods to coastal living continue in the bedrooms through various shades of blue, white, and natural wood tones in the decor and furnishing of the home’s bedrooms. To keep the airy and fresh feel of each space, Robinson used natural light and minimal features to the home’s advantage. For each room, a simple, contemporary ceiling fan recedes out of view due to its white finish that matches the ceiling color. 

Lake Santa Fe FL Custom Home Bedroom
Lake Santa Fe Costal Home Florida


The Bathrooms

The full bathroom fits perfectly within the cohesive style of a refreshing color palette. The slight color variation of the deep sea blue shower wall tiles anchors the space. The same style and materials of the kitchen are carried into the space in the storage vanity, countertop, and hardware. A counter-to-ceiling vanity mirror makes use of every available square inch to help the bathroom feel larger. The engineered wood the homeowner chose for the flooring across the lake house is useful in the bathroom, where durability and water resistance are especially important.

Lake Santa Fe Florida Bathroom Custom Home

In the primary bathroom, the walk-in shower is enclosed in frameless glass to show off the same deep sea blue ceramic tiles. The shower floor is covered in penny tile that features nearly every shade of blue-gray and resembles the pebbles you might find on the lake’s shores. The deep colors of the shower are contrasted here as well against the bright white of the shaker storage vanity, quartz vanity top, and bright white wall color. 

Lake Santa Fe Bathroom Custom Home FL

Robinson Renovation & Custom Home specializes in creating spaces that are perfectly tailored to each client, their budget, and their timeline. Whether you prefer a restrained use of color and detail on a coastal farmhouse canvas or a bold dose of color across a contemporary home, we strive to accomplish your vision. Discover what our proven design-build process can do for your remodel or custom home journey in Gainesville and all of Alachua County and contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your custom home or remodel.


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