Naples Daily News - May 29th, 2016

Naples Daily News - May 29th, 2016

Knauf-Koenig Group unveils custom home in Park Shore

Knauf-Koenig Group's latest project is a 5,173-square-foot under air residence with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths in Park Shore at 344 Pirates Bight. With long, southwestern views of Venetian Bay, this waterfront new construction home features the work of the luxury home industry's top professionals. The architectural plans were executed by Falconer Jones.

The highest level of construction detail is combined with classic, yet contemporary finishes and details. European solid oak floors were designed and installed by Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring. Clive Daniel Home provided the lighting and furnishings. The home illustrates the trend today for a free flowing open floor plan, perfect for entertaining and indoor/outdoor lifestyles and allows a seamless use of the abundant square footage.

The custom built-in cabinetry was designed by Ruffino Cabinetry of Naples and Fort Myers, and is complemented by a gourmet appliance package and Calcutta marble countertops. The craftsmanship in this homes is evident in the use of solid mahogany wood interior doors and cypress exterior and garage doors. Details include hidden air vents, a solid concrete second floor, glass hand rails, and solid masonry construction. The 13-foot ceiling heights all through the main areas of the home, and the vaulted tongue-and-groove beamed ceilings in the master bedroom add to the luxury.

The home features intricate trim work throughout along with cypress tongue-and-groove ceiling details. Many builders rely on the architect for designing the trim work, but Knauf-Koenig Group designs it themselves. Symmetry being at the forefront of the more sophisticated craftsmen's plans, all interior doors are 10 feet tall with transoms to match the exterior windows and doors.

Outdoors, the home is enhanced through landscaping by Doria's Landscaping, a full-service 30-year installation firm specializing in residential, estate, and community entrances. The wood and stone elements on the outside of the home give the exterior a transitional style that blends with the simple, yet sophisticated, furniture, finishes, materials, and fabrics inside the home.

Knauf-Koenig Group uses only the best materials for this and all their homes, including an Andersen 400 Series window package, Epicore concrete floors, and the Aprilaire dehumidification system. Aprilaire is unique in that it introduces fresh air into the home by replacing air removed by an exhaust system.

The infinity edge pool and see-through gas fireplace set the stage for luxury entertaining experiences outdoors. Since the quintessential Naples lifestyle brings the outdoors in, this home's large outdoor lounge areas and dramatic water features add a bit of drama to the homeowner's experience and ensure that they are maximizing their view.

This home is being listed by Michael G. Lawler of Premier Sotheby's for $6.595 million.

The Knauf-Koenig Group is at 5640 Taylor Road, Suite 3, Naples. Online at

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Home & Design Magazine, May 2016

Home & Design Magazine, May 2016

Coastal Chic : A Unique Take On Classic Design

To create a sophisticated coastal dream home with a tropical flair was the intention of both Matt Knauf, owner and general contractor with Knauf-Koenig Group, and architect Falconer Jones of Falcon Design when they teamed up to work on this beauty of a home nestled on a quiet street in the heart of Pelican Bay. "We chose this lot because of its generous size, fantastic location, and southern exposure. It has a gorgeous backyard that opens up to create a spacious and private outdoor oasis. The difficulty was the cul de sac, our challenge was to design a home with fantastic curb appeal that maximizes the less than generous front yard space," Knauf explains.

To make the most of the lot, the team designed a unique floor plan that was both comfortable and luxurious. They wanted to come up with a fresh take on the popular coastal look. Their objective was to design an amazing home with every detail well thought out and executed with the highest quality craftsmanship.

The result? An expansive 4,864 square foot, open concept, coastal dream home with soaring ceilings, enormous windows, beautiful millwork, and wide plank European oak floors – and almost 2,000 square feet of additional outdoor living space.

The furnishings for the home were selected in collaboration between Calusa Bay Design and Hayes Elkins Design. "The great room furnishings are both functional and sophisticated, starting with an appealing neutral color palate, with the addition of a soothing and complimentary pop of color — in this case, a beautiful aqua blue," says Tatum Johansson, Design Coordinator for Calusa Bay Design. The great room emits a chic and classic style with twin Chesterfield sofas by Century, and six bunching cocktail tables fit perfectly in between. Oversized end tables by Vanguard hold classically styled ceramic table lamps from Wilson Lighting. A perfect pair of casual, classic modified wing chairs by Vanguard finish the seating area. Glass boxes, a few coffee table books, and a pair of tall eglomise candlesticks provide the perfect finishing touches. "What makes this room so appealing is the openness to the outdoor living space provided via a spectacular wall of glass in the form of triple French doors with double transoms above," explains Leslie Sherman, owner of Calusa Bay Design and Partner at Calusa Bay Properties. Other notable features include the intricate trim work on the box beams and tongue-and-groove ceiling detail, courtesy of Knauf-Koenig Group's renowned expertise in trim carpentry detail. The design team chose a European oak floor from Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring, which creates the perfect foundation for a timeless, sophisticated look.
KKG Custom Homes Dining Room Built-ins

The dining room feels cozy and private though still united with the rest of the home through color and texture. Anchoring the dining room furniture grouping is the custom built-in wet bar by Ruffino Cabinetry in a driftwood finish. Wanting the wet bar to be the central focus of the room, the team chose a simple, light wood, trestle style dining table from Century Furniture. A pair of skirted, linen wing host chairs, also from Century, pair perfectly with the stylish upholstered side chairs from Vanguard, and two elegant chandeliers from Currey & Company in a champagne finish from Wilson Lighting. A thick wool rug in a soft gray-green hue completes the look.

KKG Custom Homes Luxury Kitchen Island Remodel

The kitchen in this home is the cornerstone of the floor plan, creating open sight lines to the pool and outdoor living areas. Complementary finishes and beautiful design are everywhere you look, from the two-inch mitered Sea Pearl quartzite used as the island countertop to the Alabaster white and driftwood-colored floor to ceiling cabinetry by Ruffino Custom Cabinetry. Matt and Gisela Knauf were very much involved in the kitchen design process, selecting details like the wood slatted hood with stainless steel straps which quickly became a favorite feature in this well-appointed kitchen. Completing the sophisticated look are Vanguard Furniture's barstools and the chandelier by Currey & Company, which add a simplistic and feminine edge. Appliances by Ferguson complete the kitchen.


"The master bathroom is my favorite room in the house," says Knauf, and it's easy to see why he loves it so much. Knauf and Calusa Bay Design were able to create a sophisticated spa-like feel through the use of color, glass, and stone. The focal point of the room is the oversized cast iron freestanding bathtub by Kohler, glazed in a white finish.

KKG Custom Homes Master Suite Remodel
The master bedroom is graceful and serene in style, filled with soft colors and a calming touch of blue. It overlooks the home's lushly landscaped and private backyard oasis, feeling like a tropical retreat. "We tried to make the windows as large as possible in every bedroom," adds Knauf. "Natural light is an important component of the overall design of this home." The simple but striking four-poster king bed from Bernhardt Furniture is complemented by oversized chests and an upholstered champagne silk chaise from Century and a bench from Dovetail Furniture. The touches of color are subtle in the master bedroom, created by artful floral choices and linens by Legacy Home with accent pillows in fabrics by Robert Allen Designs. The old-world chandelier by Currey & Company adds a touch of simple charm to this sophisticated room.

KKG Custom Master Suite Remodel Guest Room

Dark wood nightstands flank the eye-catching linen upholstered bed with nail head trim, all from Vanguard Furniture. Soothing cool blue-green tones in the artwork and bed linens create a serene feel with earthy touches. This intimate feeling is accentuated by table lamps from Currey & Company and a cozy, soft shag rug from Loloi Rugs.

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Viewing the home from beyond the pool, the exceptional design by all involved with the project becomes even more stunning. The 40-foot pool is lined with palm trees from Doria's Landscaping and has a stepping stone detail for both form and function. The jewel toned water and fire bowl accents complement the natural wood soffit and trim details of the home's exterior while adding ambiance. "Prospective buyers responded very positively to this home, so much so that we sold it before it ever hit the market," advises Taber Tagliasacchi, Listing Broker and Partner with Calusa Bay Properties. "The master bathroom, outdoor living, and overall style and quality of the home were all key selling points." Clearly this talented team has found their niche in the new construction home market with this inviting, well thought out and beautifully appointed coastal chic retreat.

Written by Diana Bocco

Photography by Amber Frederiksen Photography

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Naples Daily News & Florida Weekly, May 2016

Naples Daily News & Florida Weekly, May 2016

Builder Knauf-Koenig Group Has Record 2016 First Quarter With 30 Custom Construction Projects in Naples


In a market that some are saying is softening somewhat, the Knauf-Koenig Group has broken ground in the first quarter of 2016 on 14 custom homes. The houses are spanning from Aqualane Shores to Pelican Bay with retail prices between $4-8 million. The architectural firms of Stofft Cooney and Falconer Jones are the architects of record.


With 7 more homes well underway in the mid-construction phase, and 9 recently completed in the last 3 months that puts the total number of projects at 30 this first quarter which is a huge footprint in the Naples market.


Knauf-Koenig Group is one of the leading luxury home builders serving the needs of the Naples area. As a licensed general contractor in the state of Florida, they specialize in building the very finest custom homes.


For over 20 years, Knauf-Koenig Group has earned a reputation for excellence and quality in building custom homes and remodeling projects. The consistent quality and craftsmanship in every one of their projects directly correlates to their team of dedicated professionals who are committed to the success and quality of every project, as well as to the satisfaction of their clients.


Published in local home and lifestyle magazines and well-respected throughout the industry as a solid family-run construction company, Knauf-Koenig Group has enjoyed a steady rise over the past two decades to the top of their sector.


Knauf-Koenig Group offers pre-construction services to their clients by providing a project budget, scheduling, and site evaluation to ensure the project’s constructability. During preconstruction, Knauf-Koenig Group also provides clients with an early analysis of their projects materials, equipment, and scheduling that will be implemented during the construction phase.


When Knauf-Koenig Group completes a new project, they keep in contact with the client, checking in periodically to ensure long-term satisfaction. Customer satisfaction, repeat business, and referrals from their customers are very important to the principals, husband and wife, Matt and Gisela Knauf, and they have a strong reputation for honesty, loyalty, and integrity.


For more information, visit, or call 239.592.9900.





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