January 26, 2014
12380 NW 18 Street

Pembroke Pines


Custom Home Builder

French Country

French Country When a South Florida couple sought to build an authentic French country chateau among the suburban acreage of Southwest Ranches, they turned to Landmark Custom Homes’ Rick Bell to accomplish the architectural and design challenge.  What’s been mastered -- and in a nod to the distinctive designs of a bygone era -- is an architectural work-of-art.


A stone bridge and tree-lined drive leads through a wooded pass to an entry court at the facade of the beautifully-crafted, 16,000-square-foot estate. Nestled on six acres along Hancock Road, the residence features seven bedrooms, eight and one half-baths, a six-car garage, a two-stall stable, and a 2,000-square-foot pavilion outfitted with a secondary kitchen, full bath and six sets of 10-foot-wide impact pocket sliding doors that open the room to the outdoors.

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French design elements can be discovered in all corners of the home -- from 16th and 17th Century reclaimed wood beams to a Cinderella turret that houses a 500-gallon, tile-lined sunken spa. For an additional, bona fide touch, Landmark Custom Homes collaborated with Vintage Elements, a South Carolina-based company that offers antique and reclaimed flooring, roofing and architectural design elements from Europe. Vintage Elements President Stefan Hartung directly sourced French limestone for flooring in the home’s family room and informal dining room, as well as custom-aged oak wood flooring throughout the remaining common areas of the estate.


frenchbdrmWith a seemingly endless list of features and amenities, the residence, which has 12,000-square-feet of conditioned space, has additionally been outfitted with a state-of-the art, cathedral-ceiling theater, a two-sided master room fireplace with antique fire brick and stonework sourced by California-based Phoenician Stone, an expansive game room/arcade, and a wine cellar with custom mahogany built-ins by Alabama-based Burnham’s Fine Cabinetry.


The property’s exterior is as distinct as its core, marked by views of local pastures, neighboring ranches and grazing horses. Landscaping was meticulously developed by renowned landscape architect Krent Weiland Design, Inc., accented by majestic oaks and blooming flowers. A true “dream home” tailored to every specification, this Landmark Custom Homes estate is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the French countryside, fine craftsmanship and custom design.


For more information on building a custom dream home, please contact Rick Bell at rick@homesbylandmark.com or at (954) 444-9875.