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Justice Residence

Joe and Alberta Justice had seen a traditional plantation-style home that we designed and built not far from them, and contacted us to discuss building a home for them on their property in Winter Park. The first time we met was on a Saturday morning before a Florida Gator football game. I was already dressed in my orange and blue when they answered the door. To my pleasant surprise, they were both dressed in orange and blue. I felt like I was off to a good start.

Because of size restrictions posed by Winter Park, the home was limited in size to a little more than 2200 square feet of air-conditioned space. Based on what I learned from our first meeting, a few days later I presented them with a preliminary budget and happily received a design retainer. My goal would be to design a home that could be built for the budget that I had presented them.

I sketched a preliminary design while vacationing at my wife's uncle's cabin in the North Carolina mountains. When our children were younger, we used to make the trip in mid-October to catch the leaves changing. I have to admit that the design of the home is influenced by the region. As I designed I made up a story to present to the Justices along with drawings. Since the home would be built in an area of Winter Park surrounded by older homes, I wanted theirs to come with a pre-packaged history.

When I presented the plan, I explained how the house and the garage might have been built originally. They had steep shingle roofs and were separated by about twenty feet. Then at a later date, the two structures were connected by an addition, and porches were added. The addition and porches have metal V-crimp roofs with a flatter pitch. They studied the preliminary plans for a little while and responded with an "okay". At first I was a bit confused but came to realize that I had heard correctly. The only change we made to the plan I had presented was the addition of a fireplace in the Keeping Room. Since the fireplace would be under a part of the house with the tin roof, we left the metal flue exposed. A detail that adds to the charm of the home.
Designed by Keith Groninger

Used Chicago Brick Porches
Exposed Rafter Porch Ceilings
5V-Crimp Metal Roofing on Porches
Wood Cabinetry and Granite Counter Tops
Traditional Wood Stairs and Railing
Multi-Zoned AC System
2nd Story Guest Suite
Media Room over the Garage