Some would argue the true test of a home's functional bandwidth is a party, and the InSync Home is built to handle even the biggest of blow-outs. Distributed audio, mood lighting, and professional-grade kitchen wares notwithstanding, the physical environment is conducive to socializing in every which way—be it a big family holiday dinner, an intimate cocktail hour, or a summer bash with friends.

An inspired progression of intertwined social realms at the home's core makes it all possible. For fancy occasions, a formal dining area connects to a butler pantry and sits just across the hall from a temperature-controlled wine cove. Laid-back parties and everyday living are made effortless by fluid design in the home's more casual indoor/ outdoor zones. Retractable accordion-fold Nana Wall Systems doors in the first-floor family room fold completely away, opening up the first floor to a spacious outdoor veranda and pool deck.

“This is how Florida lives,” says Goehring. “It's imperative for the connections between indoor/outdoor rooms to be seamless.” With a flatscreen TV, a massive marble fireplace, summer kitchen, and retractable bug screens, the covered patio makes entertaining a breeze.

GOOD WOOD: A coffered cypress ceiling lends a touch of class to the back patio.  Cypress is a natural, high-density hardwood that won't split or shake, says builder Goehring.  In fact, the native species makes multiple appearances throughout the home -- in the soffit overhand and outriggers under the campanile's cap, and in some of the interior trim carpentry.

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GOOD WOOD: A coffered cypress ceiling lends a touch of class to the back patio. "Cypress is a natural, high-density hardwood that won't split or shake," says builder Goehring. In fact, the native species makes multiple appearances throughout the home -- in the soffit overhand and outriggers under the campanile's cap, and in some of the interior trim carpentry.

VIEW TO A GRILL: InSync's industrial-strength summer kitchen on the back patio takes outdoor  entertaining up a few notches. An iridescent Crossville tile backsplash complements  heavy-duty, stainless appliances by KitchenAid and a range hood from  Best by Broan.

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VIEW TO A GRILL: InSync's industrial-strength summer kitchen on the back patio takes outdoor entertaining up a few notches. An iridescent Crossville tile backsplash complements heavy-duty, stainless appliances by KitchenAid and a range hood from Best by Broan.

TO DINE FOR: The ceiling treatment in the regal dining room with a formal table is as commanding  as the view to the outdoors. Ornamental tiers of Fypon decorative  crown molding look like natural, carved wood. “We used satin finish faux  painting, making no attempt to cover up the seams, as natural wood would  show the seams,” says interior designer Donnie Saxon.

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TO DINE FOR: The ceiling treatment in the regal dining room with a formal table is as commanding as the view to the outdoors. Ornamental tiers of Fypon decorative crown molding look like natural, carved wood. “We used satin finish faux painting, making no attempt to cover up the seams, as natural wood would show the seams,” says interior designer Donnie Saxon.

CATCH FIRE: Because the ambiance of a fireplace is appreciated in Florida, the home has  three from Lennox Hearth Products, including a 42-inch Lennox Elite stainless  steel outdoor gas unit and a Superior vent-free unit. The Elite offers 60,000 BTUs, optional  bifold doors, and a herringbone brick pattern liner. The  Superior unit has the look of a traditional fireplace and has a built-in  convection system.

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CATCH FIRE: Because the ambiance of a fireplace is appreciated in Florida, the home has three from Lennox Hearth Products, including a 42-inch Lennox Elite stainless steel outdoor gas unit and a Superior vent-free unit. The Elite offers 60,000 BTUs, optional bifold doors, and a herringbone brick pattern liner. The Superior unit has the look of a traditional fireplace and has a built-in convection system.

COOL DOWN: To help beat the Florida heat, the InSync Home has a variety of ceiling fans  from Hunter Fan Co., including the Fellini, Coronado, and Royal Palm. Measuring 60 inches, the  Fellini has five hand-carved walnut blades. The Coronado  features wood blades that call to mind lush palms. And with an island influence, the  Royal Palm (shown) has four cherry and rattan blades and a faux-plantation  leather finish.

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COOL DOWN: To help beat the Florida heat, the InSync Home has a variety of ceiling fans from Hunter Fan Co., including the Fellini, Coronado, and Royal Palm. Measuring 60 inches, the Fellini has five hand-carved walnut blades. The Coronado features wood blades that call to mind lush palms. And with an island influence, the Royal Palm (shown) has four cherry and rattan blades and a faux-plantation leather finish.

BUG OFF: The weather here is nice, but this is Florida after all: You need to guard  against insects. InSync's back patio is protected with Executive Screens from  Phantom Screens. Integrated into the architecture, the retractable screens  disappear into the arches when not in use. The screens are made of PVC-coated  fiberglass mesh and are specified in charcoal with a sun control factor  of 40 percent.

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BUG OFF: The weather here is nice, but this is Florida after all: You need to guard against insects. InSync's back patio is protected with Executive Screens from Phantom Screens. Integrated into the architecture, the retractable screens disappear into the arches when not in use. The screens are made of PVC-coated fiberglass mesh and are specified in charcoal with a sun control factor of 40 percent.

ARCHWAY TO HEAVEN: The groin-vaulted hall flanking the formal dining room culminates at a handsome, yet  practical, butler station, outfitted with supplemental counter and  storage space.

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ARCHWAY TO HEAVEN: The groin-vaulted hall flanking the formal dining room culminates at a handsome, yet practical, butler station, outfitted with supplemental counter and storage space.

VINTAGE VAULT: A wine cove across from the dining room makes practical use of an odd-shaped  space underneath the main staircase. The honeycombed storage cubbies are  fashioned from sections of terra cotta pipe.

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VINTAGE VAULT: A wine cove across from the dining room makes practical use of an odd-shaped space underneath the main staircase. The honeycombed storage cubbies are fashioned from sections of terra cotta pipe.

DOOR WAYS: Swing patio doors from Hurd Windows  Doors permit sightlines to the outdoors. The  aluminum-clad doors are specified in a brick-red color and feature  oil-rubbed hardware. In addition to the insulated glass, the company offers  nine glazing options including one that blocks 99.9 percent of UV rays, which  can cause fading of home furnishings and interiors.

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DOOR WAYS: Swing patio doors from Hurd Windows & Doors permit sightlines to the outdoors. The aluminum-clad doors are specified in a brick-red color and feature oil-rubbed hardware. In addition to the insulated glass, the company offers nine glazing options including one that blocks 99.9 percent of UV rays, which can cause fading of home furnishings and interiors.

TASTEFUL TUNNEL: An arched passage just outside the wine cove repurposes another empty space  underneath the main stair landing. It's a perfect spot for a wine tasting  bar, with storage cabinets for stemware and a stacked set of wine refrigerators  by KitchenAid. “These little transition areas in the house are fun,” says  designer Bobby Morales. “They create pacing and a sense  of discovery and arrival in the floor plan. We intentionally used varied  ceiling heights to create peek-a-boo views from these little interludes into  the grand spaces.”

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TASTEFUL TUNNEL: An arched passage just outside the wine cove repurposes another empty space underneath the main stair landing. It's a perfect spot for a wine tasting bar, with storage cabinets for stemware and a stacked set of wine refrigerators by KitchenAid. “These little transition areas in the house are fun,” says designer Bobby Morales. “They create pacing and a sense of discovery and arrival in the floor plan. We intentionally used varied ceiling heights to create peek-a-boo views from these little interludes into the grand spaces.”

MARBLE MAGIC: The house has a large number of architectural details, including a travertine  floor medallion, stair inserts, and custom marble fireplace surrounds by  Cuellar USA, a Cosentino company. The floor medallion and stair inserts (below) are  made of Rojo Alhama and Nazari travertine, Crema Marfil marble, and black  granite, the loggia/ summer kitchen has a Gris Viola marble fireplace and  TV surround, and the living room fireplace (bottom) is made from a single block of Rojo  Alhama travertine. www.cuellarusa.com

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MARBLE MAGIC: The house has a large number of architectural details, including a travertine floor medallion, stair inserts, and custom marble fireplace surrounds by Cuellar USA, a Cosentino company. The floor medallion and stair inserts (below) are made of Rojo Alhama and Nazari travertine, Crema Marfil marble, and black granite, the loggia/ summer kitchen has a Gris Viola marble fireplace and TV surround, and the living room fireplace (bottom) is made from a single block of Rojo Alhama travertine. www.cuellarusa.com

Photos: James F. Wilson

Photos: James F. Wilson

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