“I am so blessed to be able to do the work I love in such a beautiful place,” says Risa Priestley, whose company, Risa’s Interiors, operates a high-end design and home furnishings retail operation as well as a custom design, remodeling and staging business. “One of my latest projects is a stunning custom home in the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. I had so much fun making this home really shine, and presenting it to prospective homeowners.” Priestly was responsible for all the furnishings, all the accessories, all the one-of-a-kind special touches throughout the home, and she was able to capitalize on the custom finishes and extra touches that the developer of Regatta Bay, Legendary, LLC, and its builder, Destin Custom Home Builders, use throughout their projects.
The home, located on Ensign Court within the club development, contains approximately 4,000 square feet, including an outdoor living area with fireplace that that takes advantage of the views of the lake and 13th green, and the breezes off the bay, to truly capture the Florida lifestyle year round. The home, like all the developer’s custom homes, contains features that are above and beyond code requirements and homeowners’ expectations, such as extra insulation both for energy efficiency and for sound attenuation, windows with low heat transfer glass for energy efficiency and to reduce fading of furniture, rugs, and artwork. The home boasts Gold fortified construction certification, Schluter waterproofing systems, and insulation between floors and overhead for noise reduction.
According to Lindsey Lynch, Destin Custom Builders’ project manager for the home, there are special touches throughout the home. “The kitchen cabinets – and cabinets throughout the home – are custom made just for us by a family cabinetmaker from south Alabama. They are solid wood through and through, and made entirely by hand. Lighting by LaVonne, out of Panama City, provided all the lighting fixtures. Our in-house designer was Jo Ann Knowles, who was responsible for all the interior finishes. Of course, Risa Priestley of Risa’s Interiors did a wonderful job with the interior staging.” The overwhelming sense of the home’s interior is that it is bathed in natural sunlight. The generous use and careful placement of windows makes the open and airy spaces seem even more so. The warm white finishes, punctuated by touches of natural wood and pops of beach colors, add to the Florida resort feeling.
Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club offers the unique Gulf Coast lifestyle of first-class championship golf, plus a yacht club complete with pool, restaurant and bar, boating classes and boat and jet ski rentals, and a wide array of social activities including tennis, billiards, fitness and locker room facilities. The golf course and club facilities, along with the homes that make up the residential component of the development, complete the feel of full-time resort living, with all the amenities that make Gulf Coast living such a pleasure.