Be Our Guest
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Photos by James Northen
Attracting houseguests is a given when your beachfront home is inspired by a medieval castle or a Barbadian beach estate. Luckily, accommodating visitors was just what Kermit White and his business partner Dennis Rainho of YRA Design had in mind when they dreamed up the Vero Beach Estates. The two luxury homes differ starkly in details and aesthetic, but they share a design that gives visitors a guest suite about the same size as the master, ocean views, and private balconies.
White and Rainho’s designs channeled the old-world sophistication and elegant island style the properties’ owner had experienced in Barbados, respectively, for the homes built on spec to appeal to a variety of buyers. “We did not want to create another over-embellished Spanish Mediterranean estate,” White says.
Instead, the designers incorporated dramatic, high-end choices such as a covered, elevated, stone-clad entryway; a grand circular staircase; and an infinity edge oceanside pool set among ample indoor/outdoor space.
Even with the lavish details, White and Rainho were careful not to overdo it. “It’s easy when designing such high-end estate homes to want to create elaborate, intricate details, but the elegance of these homes is in the simplistic detailing,” White says. “Through the use of elegant materials, rich colors, and varying textures we were able to create a luxurious style and design that makes a dramatic statement but is not cluttered with unnecessary busy detailing. We deliberately selected styles that had clean lines.”