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A charcoal gray sectional by Vanguard and lounge chairs by Taylor-King provide plenty of room for the family of six. Custom coffee table designed by Jana Rizzuto, Decorative Dreams. Fireplace by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

Building a custom home and moving in is never stress-free, especially when accommodating a family with four children ranging from 4 to 12 years of age. Clarence and Jana Hinton, who have lived in four homes in their 13 years of married life, made their transition to their most recent home easier by planning ahead and taking their time — two years to be exact. They didn’t move far — just a few streets away. For nearly a decade, the couple lived in a 5,000-square-foot, Old World Tuscan-style home on a smaller lot in the same subdivision.

“We’ve loved all of our homes,” said Jana, “but each time our family expanded, we needed more space, more bathrooms and a new aesthetic to suit our evolving style. Then we had our fourth child, and the kids were getting older, making more friends, getting more involved in sports. Our need for space and the desire to better adapt our home for our children became a priority. We want them to love being at home doing the things they want to do, and we want their friends to love coming here.”

The couple began by finding the perfect lot, one large enough to include all the amenities they would need to keep their focus on family life and nurture their children’s interest in and proclivity for sports. Their oldest daughter, 12-year-old Jacey, is a record-holding swimmer; their oldest son, 10-year-old Chase, and 9-year-old younger daugh­ter Sloan, are track stars; and Chase, who also plays football, loves coaching his 4-year-old brother Chance at whichever activity Chance is inclined to play. To this end, the 2.5-acre lot they selected allowed the family plenty of room for a tennis court (which sports the same surface used by the U.S. Open tournament); a football field encircled by a running track; a swimming pool; and a 2,000-square-foot loggia. These active kids and their friends keep busy and fulfilled right at home.

To accomplish fleshing out the acreage and building their home, the Hintons hired a professional, reliable team, beginning with Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams, who designed and decorated their previous home.

“We knew we wanted Jana to help design our interior, and we knew she has worked with lots of custom builders, so we trusted her to refer us to a construction firm that would understand our vision and realize our goals,” said Clarence.

The project required finding a builder who was comfortable with utilizing different building materials and working with several subcontractors. The couple decided on Fairmont Homes and worked closely with Mike Pelletier, who has built most of the custom homes in Sienna Plantation, and his project manager, Scot Marcum. “The most unique and challenging part of this project was not only the interaction between the client, the designer and his firm as they made decisions about features and finishes,” said Pelletier, “but also keeping more than 100 contractors on the same page as all the pieces began to come together.”

Pelletier’s favorite part of the home is the exterior design — Spanish Modern — with the clean lines of the stucco crowned with Spanish roof tiles and the natural Mexican Cantera stone arches and trim, along with the abundance of windows that allow as much natural light as possible indoors. “It is extremely satisfying as a builder when you are able to bring the homeowner’s vision to life,” he said.

If the façade is the builder’s proudest accomplishment, it is appropriate that the strong contrast of the interior spaces is the designer’s favorite. “When I first discussed the new home with Jana Rizzuto,” said Jana Hinton, “I wasn’t sure of anything except that I wanted to go from Old World warm to cool modern. When she suggested juxtaposing white with espresso to define the interior, I instantly felt the vibe. When she asked me what color I wanted to add for pop, my immediate answer was Tiffany blue.” Rizzuto elaborated, “There are a few great ways to go modern and sophisticated in the interior of a home. One is with stark white as the primary color with silver accents, which we did. Another is with contemporary lighting, which we did. Another is with hardware and fixtures, which we did. The result is stunning and sleek — totally modern.”

To soften the cool tones, about 10 percent of the color throughout features gold accents in the tile backsplashes, the art and the accessories. This addition adds the right amount of warmth. To suit the new aesthetic, many of the furnishings and accent pieces from the former home were painted white or reupholstered, allowing the budget to be used for other expenses. The Tuscan chairs in the breakfast room were transformed into modern pieces with white paint and new fabric. A formerly warm, red-toned sofa is now a cool blue/gray.

“Once we had settled on the color scheme,” said Jana Hinton, “I began to research online to find just the right décor and finishes. I wanted to stay true to the modern vibe, but I wanted each room to have its own personality without interrupting the flow of the spaces.”

The décor’s cornerstones are the chandeliers in the formal living/dining space, which set an Art Deco glamorous tone in each space. “Everything we chose to finish out the décor was inspired by the lighting in that room,” Rizzuto explained. This was quite a task as the home is 10,000 square feet with seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor kitchens and bar areas, and a casita — none of which has the same tile, lighting or fixtures. Each is entirely unique, yet each is a superb complement to the other.

Jana’s favorite part of the house is the kitchen and breakfast room. She loves the banquette seating and the island counter. This space has plenty of room for all four children and their friends to move freely. Jana points to the high ceilings and windows that “make the space.” Dark wood floors and exposed ceiling beams lend warmth to the open expanse.

The grownups’ game and media room — which features another bar (complete with a liquor dispenser), game table, pool table and large, comfortable reclining chairs in front of the projection screen — is finished in a more industrial feel. A manhole cover embedded in the tile floor is a striking, distinctive feature.

How does all this white translate into a kid-friendly space? “We teach the children how to behave in the common spaces, and we’ve made sure to give them plenty of their own space where they can be kids,” she said,” Jana explained.

While the kids’ rooms reflect each child’s personality, they also keep with the flow of the rest of the home. The girls’ rooms are feminine and feature pink frills, fur pillows, dolls, etc., amid the classic white furniture. The boys’ rooms are masculine and feature race cars, footballs and transformers. Each child’s bathroom is finished with distinctive, cool-toned tile that the children helped choose.

“When we worked on the kids’ rooms, we allowed them lots of input, but guided them to make selections that would easily transition into their teenage years,” said Jana.

Beyond their own rooms and outdoor play areas, the kids have their own game room upstairs where they can converge to play video games, watch movies and more. When they have friends sleep over, they retreat to the casita (adjoined to the house and accessible from the loggia), which is an entirely kid-friendly space. The kitchen, the four bunk beds and the entertainment center in the casita allow the children to have all the fun they want while the parents are still close by to supervise.

This home is stunning on every level: the space, the size, the décor, the exterior design and the outdoor amenities. “Every challenge of this project was worth it,” said Clarence. “Though it took two years from start to finish, and we had so many elements to coordinate, we couldn’t be happier with the end result.”

“We love being at home,” said Jana. “Our kids love being at home. Their friends love coming over. It has become our own private retreat that we get to live in.”

Truly it is a modern Spanish mansion that reflects a cultured, comfortable approach to contemporary family life.

Text by: Cheryl Alexander • Interior Photography by: J. Pamela Photography • Family Portrait by: Alissa Murray  • Interiors by: Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams • Construction by: Fairmont Custom Homes, Mike Pelletier, John Richey, Scot Marcum • Architecture by: Bat Oggero of Sullivan, Henry, Oggero

TOP IMAGE: A charcoal gray sectional by Vanguard and lounge chairs by Taylor-King provide plenty of room for the family of six. Custom coffee table designed by Jana Rizzuto, Decorative Dreams. Fireplace by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

Family portrait from left: Sloan, Jacey, Jana, Clarence, Chase and Chance Hinton.

Family portrait from left: Sloan, Jacey, Jana, Clarence, Chase and Chance Hinton.

A luxurious retreat, this Spanish modern mansion unmistakably reflects the lifestyle of its resident family.

A luxurious retreat, this Spanish modern mansion unmistakably reflects the lifestyle of its resident family.

The living room highlights the lifestyle in this home. The silver chain canopy chandeliers are Corbet from Lighting, Inc. The tailored sofa near the windows is Vanguard. Custom pillows are done in Highland Court silk. Armless chairs, linen benches under the mirrors, and shelter sofa in foreground are custom by Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams. Drapes are Beacon-Hill linen accented with pewter hardware and crystal finials. Fireplace by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

The living room highlights the lifestyle in this home. The silver chain canopy chandeliers are Corbet from Lighting, Inc. The tailored sofa near the windows is Vanguard. Custom pillows are done in Highland Court silk. Armless chairs, linen benches under the mirrors, and shelter sofa in foreground are custom by Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams. Drapes are Beacon-Hill linen accented with pewter hardware and crystal finials. Fireplace by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

An elegant chandelier enhances the natural light and art in the stairwell. Chandelier by Currey & Co.

An elegant chandelier enhances the natural light and art in the stairwell. Chandelier by Currey & Co.

This impeccably designed kitchen is ready for gourmet cooking. Kitchen backsplash is from Graniti Vicentia; countertops by Viaterra; pendant lighting from Lighting, Inc.; custom hood by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

This impeccably designed kitchen is ready for gourmet cooking. Kitchen backsplash is from Graniti Vicentia; countertops by Viaterra; pendant lighting from Lighting, Inc.; custom hood by Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

The glamour and luxury of this master retreat are accentuated by a tufted headboard with polished nickel nailheads, custom-designed by Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams. Bedding is Lili Allessandra. Chairs by Hickory Chair Furniture Co. Drapes are Kravet linen with pewter hardware and crystal finials. Slate gray/white linen upholstered bench is by Century. Turquoise, blown-glass Art Deco lamps and an elegant chandelier from Lighting, Inc. complete the refined aesthetic.

The glamour and luxury of this master retreat are accentuated by a tufted headboard with polished nickel nailheads, custom-designed by Jana Rizzuto of Decorative Dreams. Bedding is Lili Allessandra. Chairs by Hickory Chair Furniture Co. Drapes are Kravet linen with pewter hardware and crystal finials. Slate gray/white linen upholstered bench is by Century. Turquoise, blown-glass Art Deco lamps and an elegant chandelier from Lighting, Inc. complete the refined aesthetic.

Industrial décor conveys a masculine ambiance in the gentlemen’s bar. Flooring and wall tiles are from Graniti Vicentia. Bar stools are from New Pacific.

Industrial décor conveys a masculine ambiance in the gentlemen’s bar. Flooring and wall tiles are from Graniti Vicentia. Bar stools are from New Pacific.

A reclaimed manhole cover embedded in the tile floor of the gentlemen's bar reinforces the masculine and industrial vibe.

A reclaimed manhole cover embedded in the tile floor of the gentlemen’s bar reinforces the masculine and industrial vibe.

Femininity is enhanced by the animal-print carpet, the crystal chandelier and a furry throw rug. The white French bed is thematic with the rest of the home. The mosaic-trim arched mirror and jeweled Tiara art collection are from Unique Art.

Femininity is enhanced by the animal-print carpet, the crystal chandelier and a furry throw rug. The white French bed is thematic with the rest of the home. The mosaic-trim arched mirror and jeweled Tiara art collection are from Unique Art.

The playroom upstairs is the children’s haven and space for games and videos. The sofa and hounds­tooth chair are upholstered in sophisticated Duralee fabrics that are also youthful and fun. Zebra pillows are by Schumacher Ultrasuede. An over-scaled leather ottoman was custom made for the space.

The playroom upstairs is the children’s haven and space for games and videos. The sofa and hounds­tooth chair are upholstered in sophisticated Duralee fabrics that are also youthful and fun. Zebra pillows are by Schumacher Ultrasuede. An over-scaled leather ottoman was custom made for the space.

Framed art is by the younger daughter, Sloan Hinton.

Framed art is by the younger daughter, Sloan Hinton.

Backyard amenities include a 2,000 square foot loggia and outdoor kitchen, a pool, spa and fire pit. Pool and landscaping by Razos.

Backyard amenities include a 2,000 square foot loggia and outdoor kitchen, a pool, spa and fire pit. Pool and landscaping by Razos.

Tennis court by Austin Bauer of American Sports & Concrete is made of the same surface used for the U.S. Open. The 2.5-acre estate also includes a football field and track.

Tennis court by Austin Bauer of American Sports & Concrete is made of the same surface used for the U.S. Open. The 2.5-acre estate also includes a football field and track.

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