For this adaptive reuse gut renovation in Fernandina Beach, Florida, I designed modern luxury apartments within the historic landmark building in close coordination with the client and city.
Project lead; coordinated closely with the city of Fernandina Beach, the Historic District Committee, and client. I designed and modeled nine new condominium units and a rooftop terrace, including compiling Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment schedules.
Lofts on 5th is situated in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, Florida and provides luxury loft style living with coastal views from the rooftop terrace.
This project adaptively reuses an existing three-story building, completely renovating the interior to accommodate nine new condiminium units.
Existing site documentation
Lofts on 5th were developed with the approval of the Fernandina Beach Historic Council to comply with the intent of the National Parks Service Historic Design Guidelines to compliment the original character of this 1960’s era building.
Small, cantilevered balconies extend off of the east, south, and west elevations. The wood, aluminum, and glass material palette of the balconies mimic that of the front porch.
The existing front porch was not contextually inappropriate both to the surrounding buildings and the time period in which it was originally constructed; furthermore, it is not ADA accessible. We designed a new, accessible front porch on the existing foundations that is contemporary while also respectful of the historic district.
I designed floor plans and FFE specifications for the nine new condominiums on three floors.
Renderings showing the living area with a 4" fly reglet that articulates the wall plane and extruded interstitial wall planes that accentuate the Marvin French doors and insulated casement windows and balcony doors.
These built and inhabited units show the articulated wall plane.
Kitchen units feature high-end soft close cabinets with oversized upper sections. 4’x9’ Italian Porcelain Tile throughout the building. Custom marble islands feature a bar sink, dishwasher, and wine fridge.
Wolf electric induction cooktop, double oven and drawer microwave. Sub Zero side-by-side refrigerator and under counter wine refrigerator.
Primary bedrooms feature commanding views of Fernandina Beach through Marvin windows, while primary baths have heated floors and frameless glass enclosed showers and elongated toilets.
An amenity is that one of the units is a private, luxury guest loft that features an ADA bathroom and kitchenette. Owners can reserve the loft for up to 7 days consecutively and 8 weeks a year.
Bathrooms have Duravit Vero sink basins that sit on a marble slab with undercabinets. Marvin windows with horizontal muntins that flood the space with natural light.
The rooftop terrace is perfectly positioned to take in the historic structures of downtown Fernandina and watch the sunset over the inter coastal.
The main rooftop area is open to all residents of the building. A covered kitchenette and seating area is open to the living roof garden and terrace with landscape lighting and views of Fernandina Beach and the inter coastal waterway.
The owners of the three top floor units have access to their own private rooftop spaces. These areas are delineated by horizontal wood slat fencing.
The rooftop has proven a popular place to entertain guests with one-of-a-kind views of the historic district.
A couple of videos of the client discussing the project.