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September 26,2016 - Stock Development starts models in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch
Naples Daily News

Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:01 a.m. EDT September 24, 2016

BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners announced that Naples-based Stock Development has started construction of five furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch. Babcock Ranch is a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson east of Fort Myers, off State Road 31 in Charlotte County.

Homes by Towne has also started construction of furnished models in Lake Timber, the first neighborhood to be built at Babcock Ranch. Fox Premier Builders and Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers will begin construction of additional models between now and mid-October. Completed models are expected to be open for viewing in early 2017. Each home at Babcock Ranch is being built to Florida Green Building Coalition Certification standards.

Base priced in the $500s and situated on 70- and 80-foot lakefront homesites, Stock’s new floor plans were designed specifically for Babcock Ranch by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, the same firm that established Babcock Ranch’s Craftsman, Farmhouse, Coastal Gulf Vernacular, Spanish, and Colonial/West Indies residential architectural styles. Featured in Babcock Ranch’s Longleaf Collection of residences, each plan includes a covered front porch.

The Lake Timber neighborhood’s lakefront green spaces and pathways, trail head facilities, a dog park, lakeside fishing dock, observation deck, and Babcock Ranch’s first town garden will provide opportunities for connecting with nature. The Lake House neighborhood center will include a lakefront pool, barbecue area and playground. Lake Timber is a short walk or bike ride from Babcock’s Downtown District. Phase I of the Downtown District is under construction and expected to be completed by the end of February.

“Stock Development has been building homes in communities and neighborhoods throughout Southwest Florida for 15 years,” said Stock’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Claudine Leger-Wetzel. “We are looking forward to being part of what Kitson & Partners is doing at Babcock Ranch and to supporting their commitment to environmental sustainability. What has been especially gratifying is how the interior designers of our models have grasped the town’s sense of community and connection with nature and incorporated those elements in their designs.”

The interior of Stock’s Crystal model by LDL Interiors’ Lynn Lombardi for Pizzazz Interiors is grounded in a New Americana design concept that reflects the inviting tenor of Babcock Ranch’s architectural designs. Beginning with the swing and rocking chairs on the front porch, and extending through an interior replete with rustic Old Florida elements and wood flooring, this is a home where neighbors will always be welcomed. Easy to maintain fabrics and furnishings will contribute to a relaxed lifestyle. The wall color in the living area will be a light gray-blue complemented by whites, blues and pops of red and green. Plans call for the great room ceiling to be accented with rustic beams. The study will include a sleeper sofa and built-in corner desk. In addition to the great room and study, the 3,076-square-foot floor plan includes an island kitchen with a walk-in pantry, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a large lakefront outdoor living area with a summer kitchen, pool and spa.

Norris Furniture and Interiors’ Licensed Interior Designer Deborah Chase-Schulte has combined a mix of old and new elements to create a relaxed interior for Stock’s Sebring model. Warm beige-gray backgrounds throughout the home will be accented with colors that celebrate the outdoors, including citron green, sky blue and sunset red. Flooring in the common areas will be wood-look plank porcelain tile. Black and white photographs taken on the Babcock Ranch property, wood furnishings, board and batten wall details, unique elements such as an old Florida style sliding barn door connecting the dining room and kitchen, drop-down and beamed ceiling details, and doors that open the dining room to a covered front porch with rocking chairs will contribute to the home’s sense of connection with the outdoors. The outdoor living area will include a rectangular pool and pavered deck that will draw the eye to lake views. The Sebring’s 2,676-square-foot great room plan includes a formal dining room, island kitchen, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage.

Clive Daniel Home’s Rebekah Errett-Pikosky and Charlie Hansen created an ecoluxe interior for Stock’s Bartow model. Their organic design style is punctuated by furnishings that convey a contemporary feeling while maintaining the home’s relaxed ambiance. An environmentally themed color palette includes greens and grays, creamy base backgrounds, natural wallpapers and grass cloth wall coverings that play with the living area’s light gray hardwood flooring.

The lakefront residence offers a 2,822-square-foot great room plan with an island kitchen, study, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a two-car garage, and an outdoor living area with a pool. Special features in the model include a built-in and a dry bar in the dining area that will include a refrigerated beverage center, applied molding details in the powder bath, and bump-outs that create recesses for the windows flanking the great room’s feature wall.

Stock’s Destin model will present an organic contemporary style interior that combines clean lines with a mixture of materials, including concrete, wood, glass, and high-gloss finishes on some of the furnishings. Created by Soco Interiors’ Senior Designer Meredith Summersgill, the design will feature a color palette with grays, taupes and whites accented with pops of orange. The flooring in the living areas will be 9-by-36-inch wood-look plank tile.

Summersgill incorporated interesting wall and ceiling details, various fabrics, and furnishings with a variety of finishes ranging from the great room’s distressed concrete top side tables with a parson style stainless steel bases to a petrified wood accent table in the study. The great room, island kitchen, and dining space is the heart of the Destin’s 3,191-square-foot floor plan that also includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, three-car garage, and an outdoor living area with a pool and spa overlooking the lake.

The two-story Delray model presents street-facing covered porches on the first and second floors. The 3,264-square-foot floor plan offers an exceptional level of livability and features a variety of gathering places, including a great room and dining area that opens to the outdoor living space, an island kitchen, a study, an upstairs bonus room, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage.

Megan Ellis, senior designer at Builders Design in Sarasota, created an interior with a tailored industrial feeling. The design mixes Ralph Lauren’s signature red and deep navy blue colors with large-scale industrial furniture pieces and 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile flooring. The front porch will host a pair of rocking benches with a side table between them. The outdoor living area overlooking the lake offers another place to relax.