Luxury Home Quarterly Article 2010 House of the Year

2010 House of the Year


by Kaleena Thompson

“We like challenging projects, to be pushed to our limit, and surround ourselves with the best team in South Florida,” says contractor Steven Paskoski, summing up his work on an award-winning vacation home in South Florida.

The Paskoski Construction portfolio includes many architectural styles, from Mediterranean to modern contemporary homes, as well as commercial properties and high-end renovations. “We believe in the best value”, says Paskoski, referring to the support and commitment of his office staff.

Founded in 1980, Paskoski Construction has cemented a reputation as experienced luxury home builders. A full-service residential and commercial contracting company, Paskoski credits his success to a simple philosophy. “We build a great team—to fulfill the customer’s needs.”

So when high-profile clients asked interior designer Louis Shuster to put together a dream team to design and build their third vacation home, Shuster sought out the best in South Florida. Paskoski Construction, along with architects Colestock & Muir, and landscape architect Krent Wieland, built the 20,000-sauare-foot home for the empty nesters. The home earned recognition as the 2010 House of the Year by the Construction Association of South Florida for “Overall Outstanding Craftsmanship on a Residential Project.”

The award winning estate combines Mediterranean style, cypress wood and natural stone, with contemporary touches, such as a slate roof. Paskoski, who nominated the home for the award, reveals, “We had issues with the homeowner’s association because of the slate roof. However, once [it was] installed, they wanted to re-roof the clubhouse with it!”

The home’s roof wasn’t the only challenge. The contractor says the clients wanted their home completed sooner than the typical timeframe for a home of its size and scope, which is two-to-three years. “The architects, designers and subcontractors banded together and finished in just 17 months,” says Paskoski.

A porte-cochere entry welcomes guests into the six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home. Birdseye maple, interlaced with onyx, canvases the floors throughout, while a transitional design aesthetic fills out the bones.

Mindful of their adult children and grandchildren, the clients wanted privacy and space for visiting family members and other guests. “An entire section is dedicated to their family,” says Paskoski, “while their bedroom suite takes up another side of the house.” The guest section of the house encompasses two suites, complete with bathrooms, an exercise room and enough bedrooms to sleep all of the client’s grandchildren comfortably when they come to visit.

Additional features include a playroom, two fitness rooms, staff quarters, a state-of-the-art theater, a library and an outdoor kitchen.

Warm and welcoming, the interior abounds with extraordinary craftsmanship, and the attention to detail is evident. Paskoski achieves continuity with the application of rounded shapes, stained glass and up-lit onyx throughout the home. A large terrace overlooking a lakefront island gazebo and swimming pool creates the feeling of a luxury retreat designed for a family.

“Being in this home is more satisfying than any other home I’ve ever been in,” says Paskoski. “Every room is comfortable; you just don’t want to leave!”