January 1, 2018

Daylight in a Florida Home

“I just liked the whole system.” 

Eneref Institute reports how design, art and nature combine to create beauty and sustainability.

Winter Park, Florida proved to be an ideal site for Bill Cook Luxury Homes to showcase “The Oasis,” a new twostory residential property highlighted with natural interior daylight.

Although multi-million dollar homes are the area’s standard, this property is 100 feet wide by 150 feet deep, larger than what is typical. The facade of the home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and the interior is a blend of modern and traditional elements using natural materials.

In the kitchen, a row of five skylights brightens the room with natural interior daylight.

“Mainly, I wanted the skylights to light up that space and punch through the envelope, and see some daylight,” says James LaPiana, an architect with The Evans Group, the firm that designed the home. “Otherwise, you feel like you’re walking into something that has no exit, visually.”

As part of our Natural Interior Daylight Initiative (NID) to reduce energy use in lighting, Eneref Institute interviewed a number of stakeholders on the recently built 2014 New Southern Home, “The Oasis.” The residence is a demonstration model for the SEBC professional home building expo in Florida. Included in our interviews were Bill Cook, CEO of Bill Cook Luxury Homes, James LaPiana, architect with The Evans Group, and Kate Clarke, of Clarke & Co interior design.


“They functioned well, they looked good, and they provided lots of light to space. So, all the things that we were wanting them to do, they did.”

Right to Daylight