Casey Key is a narrow strip of land separated from the coast by Blackburn Bay just south of Sarasota. Homes on the key enjoy both a seaside Gulf exposure to the west as well as views eastward across the bay to the mainland. Discover a new landscape that became a landmark soon after completion due to its strikingly unique features. Step inside to discover why:
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Gilkey created moongates in the true Chinese style to more cleanly transition from western-inspired spaces to the Asian garden. Walls, partitions and dense planting were immediately integrated into the site to solve the problems of wind and salt. "Plantable space was limited," says Gilkey. "We didn't want it to feel like a theme park due to the number of large elements on a relatively small lot." The gulf side of the key experiences the greatest wind and salt problems so plants for this project must be naturally adapted to these forces of nature. "The biggest challenge was to balance elements for wind protection with our open view corridors." Gilkey imported a massive load of topsoil to apply an 18 inch layer of fertile ground over the entire site to support a much wider range of plants - 200 in all.