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Leading Florida Designer Infuses Large Homes with Style and Grace

Leading Florida Designer Infuses Large Homes with Style and Grace

Steven M. Hefner, ASID, IIDA, AIA Allied is a Florida interior designer is accustomed to designing large graceful homes of mansion proportions. With homes in the works from 26,000 to 50,000 square feet, his challenge is historic accuracy and craftsmanship.

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 13, 2005

Steven M. Hefner, ASID, IIDA, AIA Allied, owner of DesignWorks Creative Partnership, Ltd. in Delray Beach, FL announces that he is designing four astonishing megamansions ranging in size from 26,000 to 50,000 square feet in size. The homes are located in Delray Beach, Manalapan, Gulfstream, FL and Pittsburgh, PA.

"The homes are being designed for stars in the business and entrepreneurial arenas as well as for actual stars in the entertainment industry," said Steven Hefner, owner of Designworks Creative Partnership in Delray Beach, FL.

"There are unusual challenges when working with a home of this size," Hefner acknowledges. "While the estate is approached as a cohesive whole encompassing the entrance, gardens and out buildings, the spaces within the estate each have a unique sense of approach and an arrival statement creating calm and grace at a dramatic scale."

Hefner is traveling to several countries to commission handcrafted items for the estates. "You have to go where the artisans are and where the materials are available locally. We are finding ironworkers, woodworkers, cabinetmakers, artists and crafspersons in several countries for these projects."

Hefner is currently designing a 26,000 square foot Delray Beach mansion to be used as a permanent year round residence. The home is an Italian Renaissance villa based on the James Deering Estate, Villa Viscaya in Miami. The Italian estate is historically correct and will appear as a mansion that has been occupied and renovated by several generations of one family.

The owner of the new house is of an Italian background. Growing up in Spain and Italy, he spent his childhood with a father who was a professor of Ancient History and a translator of Dante from Italian to English.

The historic villa spans the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal, bisected by the winding of AIA serving as a natural path to the entrance. Decorative iron gates stand at the entrance to the Oceanside property.

The main house is accessed by a twenty-five (25) foot grand staircase, or through an exterior covered loggia set with elaborate stone and marble pebble designs. A three story access tower with a glass bridge connects to the wine cellar and wine tasting room.

The designer retained an artist in Florence, Italy to paint several murals and ceiling details. A portion of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel will be painted on canvas for the upper level of the library.

Steven Hefner also designed a twenty-five (25) foot high two story fireplace for the space with a place for an antique 13th Century altar belonging to the homeowner.

Custom hardware forged in South America is in the crafting, as is the large scale lighting for the project. Also being handcrafted in this region are custom doors, jambs, casings, and vanities, and an 18th century "dilapidated farm house/palace Marie Antoinette styled" vanity for the "Her" master bath.

Italian Renaissance gardens for the estate are reminiscent of the great Italian Renaissance gardens of Italy such as Villa d'Este and Villa Lante in Rome.

The second megamansion Steven Hefner is designing is a 30,000 square foot residence located in Manalapan, FL.

The Manalapan residence is being designed for a European couple with four children. The client is involved in the restoration of 18th and 19th century historic buildings in Germany and Italy and they maintain a historic villa in Italy which they are restoring.

The third megamansion that Mr. Hefner is designing is a 50,000 square foot residence for a Fortune 500 executive in the third largest pharmaceutical company in the United States.

Creating a residence for this busy executive and his family, including eight children, requires that Mr. Hefner design and coordinate not only the new home, but a temporary residence as well. With the clients so busy (he is intricately enmeshed in important business transactions, she in managing the daily family life of a family of ten, the youngest child only six months old), decisions are at times being made as the corporate jet lands on the tarmac.

The fourth over thirty thousand square foot megamansion is being designed In Gulfstream, FL (with another 9,000 square foot home in Connecticut) for an active couple with Hollywood connections. The couple produced a Broadway play last year.

He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, she is an actress playing a lead role in one of the most popular daytime daily dramas, and currently is working on a movie.

Originally designed to be a permanent year round Florida residence, the home will be sold, while the couple is working with Mr. Hefner on the design of a weekend home and summer residence in Connecticut.

The house has a heated swimming pool, billiard room, theatre, staff quarters complete with kitchen, fully stocked library, five bedroom suites, dramatic living room, kitchen, breakfast and morning room and two laundry rooms. An English style glass conservatory is in the planning stage for an addition to the Family Room.

The Florida megamansion in Gulfstream, FL, originally designed as a custom home for the couple, will now be re-marketed.

Amenities include a double columned exterior Entrance Loggia with Honey Onyx granite flooring, private entry alcove with diamond patterned granite flooring, Entry Gallery with coffered ceilings, custom double entry doors, Master Bedroom suites with ‘His and Her’ walk in closets and separate sitting areas, dual master baths, formal Living Room and Dining Room, Butler’s Kitchen and Pantry, dine in Kitchen with private phone booth, Dual Offices, Theatre, Library, Exercise Room, private, high speed elevator to the second floor, private on grounds Guest House with Master suite and sitting areas.

The home has Panoramic Ocean and Intracoastal views, exterior Entertainment Areas with wet bar, Outdoor Lounge areas, custom hardwood plank flooring, hand milled millwork and ceilings inset with a Stained Glass Dome.

CONTACT: Leslie McKerns, McKerns Development.

561-305-4264. McKerns Development is the Publicist for DesignWorks Creative Partnership.

Steven M. Hefner, ASID, IIDA, AIA Allied, has been a professional interior designer for more than thirty (30) years, and is the founder and owner of Designworks Creative Partnership, Ltd. in Delray Beach, FL., www. designworksltd. com.

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