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The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Nov 13 2015

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GLOBAL FINDS FOR A REIMAGINED LANDMARK PROPERTY Creating a home that's both modern and timeless"â?as well as unique"â? requires inspiration, stamina, and the ability to think outside the box. For John Finton, of the luxury-building firm Finton Construction, this process is second nature. Literally no stone is left unturned in his search for the ideal building materials and furnishings for his custom projects in both the U.S. and abroad. Finton recently was called to work on a high-profile Miami Beach project"â?a historic Mediterranean Revival home on Star Island Drive that has been stripped of more recent additions, picked up, and repositioned on its lot in order to accommodate a new, modern dwelling for the client. The original house is being restored with a contemporary twist, adjacent to the new home. "Nobody wants to tear down something beautiful and charming. In Pasadena,"¨I grew up remodeling"¨and restoring these"¨homes, so it made"¨sense to me to move"¨this house," he says. Finton's team sourced contemporary furnishings from Italy to complement the classic stone floors. Finton's globe-"¨trotting ways have"¨led to an appreciation"¨for the best and most"¨unique building"¨ materials"â?ones that"¨he can bring back and"¨use in his projects."¨"Traveling has always"¨been a passion and"¨hobby of mine, so I"¨source products from"¨around the globe,""¨he says. "In the new"¨Miami Beach house, the windows, doors, and cabinetry are from Germany. The stone for the faà §ade, floor, and bathrooms is from Rome and Sardinia. The furniture is from Italy. The shell and core are really the only things that are from local suppliers," he notes. Finton sources products and inspiration from around the world"see Sotheby's International Realty® homes for sale in some of his favorite markets, like this modern architectural masterpiece in Switzerland. The products that made their way into the Miami project's modern home were selected using a number of criteria. Says Finton, "Some choices are aesthetic. I consider what's appropriate for the setting. For this project"¨in South Beach, the materials are timeless and low-maintenance. The travertine is from Rome, and the granite is from Sardinia. The house is modern yet the materials are classic." A bathroom features classic materials"â?including travertine from Rome and granite from Sardinia"â?presented in a modern context. Sometimes Finton stumbles upon the perfect solution to a building dilemma during his travels. "I'm renovating a midcentury-modern estate in Hawaii using bronze gates. At the Louis Vuitton store in Venice, I saw the most beautiful bronze doors, and I found out they were made by a longstanding Italian company. That company is now making our gates. No one local could do it," he says. What Finton's clients love most about these unique finds is their quality"â?as well as the stories behind the products. "So many times the local suppliers' stock is limited to what's popular. When you travel, you realize there are many more marbles and stones"â?and they come from all over the world," he says. "Not everyone wants to travel as much as I do," he acknowledges. But the result, according to Finton, is learning that the best of everything isn't only what's in your backyard. "When you travel, you realize there are many more marbles and stones"â?and they come from all over the world." "â?John Finton ADlogo sothebys-worldly-vision-slideshow-10 sothebys-worldly-vision-03 sothebys-worldly-vision-02  

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