Lido Key Residence

Type: Single Family Residence
Location: Lido Key, FL
Year Completed: 2009

This residence is uniquely sited on a peninsula facing Otter Key to the north and Big Pass to the south. Michael A. Gilkey, Sr. designed the landscape for the original owners over 25 years ago, and last year the new owners rebuilt this nautically inspired home with architect¬†Clifford Sholz . The home’s footprint, combined with the hardscape area necessary for comfortable circulation, maximized the relatively small site, leaving us with the spatial and access challenges. Through a series of creative approaches to both design and installation, these challenges quickly turned into opportunities resulting in some of the finest viewsheds we’ve ever seen. We designed a disappearing edge pool overlooking the key, flanked by an imported natural beach retained by native boulders. Three specimen Canary Palms were transplanted from the homeowners’ previous residence, and were lifted and carefully planted via an 80-ton crane (view image¬†here). The three palms act to frame the viewsheds from the home to the water, and as a result, the property has been dubbed Tres Palmas.