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09-14-20 | Feature

Firms of Florida - Mills Design Group

Oviedo, Florida

Blue Planet, Bahamas
Designed and built for Canadian clients looking for a tropical getaway home, this Bahamian Estate functions as a multi-generational family retreat. Mills Design Group worked closely with the architect and general contractor on an aggressive timeline from first concept sketches through planting and occupancy. The transitional architecture maintains a distinct island influence, and the landscape enhances the flow from traditional to modern through materials and textures.
Conch House, Bahamas
This New Providence Island, Bahamas, residence is located in the exclusive community of Albany. The oceanside community is located on 600 acres of land with a mega yacht marina and every amenity imaginable. The lot size is 14,804 square feet (.33 acres) with a 9,231-square-foot two-story house. The scope of work was to design a chic Bahaman courtyard oasis for island entertaining that allowed the inside and outside spaces to flow seamlessly. During the initial project meetings, the client specified a vision of "charming style with a touch of beach glam". Hosting nonstop events, the clients entertain constantly and needed a space that would leave guests with a longing desire to return as soon as possible. The space was designed to be a showstopper and a conversation starter that rivaled any tropical paradise.
Golden Oak, Orlando, Florida
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This spec home located in Disney's luxurious Golden Oak community demonstrates that dream homes really do come true. This transitional home offers spacious living that blends seamlessly into vibrant outdoor entertaining spaces. Some of its more notable features include a water feature fountain flanking each side of the entry drive, a spacious backyard oasis with a curvilinear pool, and a raised spa with a Disney inspired water feature wall.
Sea Glass, Bahamas
Located at Albany, an oceanside community in the Bahamas, this private residence embraces the luxury resort lifestyle that the developers envisioned for their residents. Mills Design Group worked closely with architects, designers, craftsmen and contractors to realize this ambitious island estate. The scope of work included design of the motor court, courtyard with guest house gardens and swimming pool, main house entry features, and the oceanside terraces with an elevated see-through swimming pool.
Via Tuscany, Winter Park, Florida
Part work and part play, this majestic Winter Park residence sits on just under two acres of prime waterfront property overlooking Lake Maitland. The 15,600-square-foot home is nestled among the greats on Via Tuscany Drive, but offers a striking counterbalance with bold Neo-Georgian architecture. The intrinsic nature of this home lies within a delicate balance between a lively, outdoor entertainment space for weekend guests and the need for a full-blown official-size tennis court - a bare essential for the former tennis pro homeowner. Guided by the clients' vision of their dream home, Mills Design Group created a formal oasis with a stunning pool, ample social spaces, and emphasized priceless views of the lake.

Founded in 2006 by Corey and Kathy Mills, we are an award-winning firm that specializes in luxury custom estates, commercial and hospitality projects. Our portfolio extends throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Central America, and we have worked and teamed with architects and designers from all over the world on luxury estates. Our firm consists of six employees including principal and landscape architect Corey Mills and landscape architect Aaron Emerson. Our design services include site analysis, concept design, schematic design, design development, construction administration and project management. We can integrate any hardscape features into each and every one of our custom designs such as pools, spas, fountains, trellises, outdoor kitchens, sculpture, art and paving materials.

Editor's Note: With the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Miami canceled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 health pandemic, LASN still wanted to highlight the landscape architectural work of firms from the southeast region. LASN asked the firms to send us a short biographical profile, plus photography from selected projects, with a brief description of the design work for each project. We let the firms speak for themselves in their profiles and in describing the projects, although some editing was required because of space restraints and not all photography and projects could be included. Thank you, firms of Florida and Alabama for participating!

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2020.

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