You’ve probably heard St. Ambrose’s admonition: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”(OK, we confess, we had to look that up!). The same concept applies when remodeling your Naples, Florida home. You really don’t want to take design or remodeling cues from northern climates for a Florida home.
It’s not just a matter of décor or style. Just because you live in Florida doesn’t mean you have to adopt a tropical style for the interior of your home—unless it’s something you really like (and by the way, here’s a look at a Bonita Bay Master Bath that evokes the essence of Florida décor). There are, however, some remodeling ideas that simply work better in an area like Naples than they would anywhere else. Let’s take a look at a cool remodeling project for a hot Florida climate (that has a delicious Hawaiian name): The Lanai.
One of the big advantages of living in the Naples area is that you can enjoy being outside so much of the time. Of course, if you’ve spent some time in the intense Florida sun, you know that you need to take some precautions to ensure your comfort. That’s what makes a lanai so special.
It’s a bit like having an outdoor living room. You can have all of the comforts and furnishings of an indoor space, but be out in the fresh air and enjoy the gentle breezes and sunshine—without baking. The photo you see here of a lanai we created in a Naples-area home gives you a sense of how beautiful and practical an addition like this can be. The roof area keeps the sun from bearing down too hard on you or your guests while you relax outside. It also allows you to be outside during a gentle rain. And if those nice breezes you’re anticipating don’t materialize, you can simply switch on the ceiling fan and create your own breeze.
The screened in area provides a bit of privacy while still letting you enjoy nice views. Of course it also keeps bugs away and makes the area pleasant for day or evening enjoyment. And while a pool may not be essential, it’s certainly a “Florida thing” that you may want to consider.
One thing you’ll want to think about if you’re considering a lanai for your Naples-area home is where you want to position it. Lanais that face east or west generally get direct morning or evening sun. That may make sitting out there less enjoyable during those specific times—although installing blinds can help with that. A south-facing lanai can be in direct sunlight most of the day. It’s probably a good idea to talk with your remodeler about position and sunlight before you start drawing up plans.
If you tell your friends outside of Florida about the lanai you’re planning to put in, they may have no idea what you’re talking about. That’s OK. Just tell them it’s a Florida thing and that, “When you’re in Florida, do as the Floridians do.”