Features of the Hafner home on Sarasota's Madison Court


PHOTO GALLERY: Madison Court "atomic ranch"

The Hafner Home at 540 Madison Court in Sarasota's Laurel Park has just come on the market at $1.15 million. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is LEED Gold-certified and has 2,549 square feet of air-conditioned area on two levels. Its energy- and water-efficient features:
• Placement of windows and overhangs provide daylight and ventilation, while preserving privacy.
• Use of LED and Compact Florescent lighting throughout the home minimizes electricity usage.
• Screwless electrical outlet plate covers.
• Timer-controlled exhaust fans in bathrooms.
• LED Landscape lighting.
• A layer of Icynene “spray foam” insulation under the roof deck and in some areas of second floor
• Block wall cavities filled with foam.
• ¾” foam board on masonry walls with ¾”thermal break between.
• Windows are insulated to reduce sound and thermal transmission.
• Windows upgraded with aluminum exterior and wood interiors.
• Insulation in interior walls and between floor trusses provides sound deadening for family.
• Passive cooling and ventilation provided by large sliding glass doors under deep overhangs on west side of
home to catch the prevailing breeze. Hot air is funneled up staircase opening and out of the awning style
windows on second floor, creating a chimney effect.
• Air Conditioning equipment and ductwork are in air conditioned space for maximum efficiency.
• HVAC system was professional designed, sized and tested for maximum efficiency.
• All ducts were tested for air leakage prior to completion of construction
• Energy star ventilation fans and timers in each bathroom remove moisture quickly and efficiently.
• Hot water system uses an Ezinc Passive Solar system consisting of an 80 gallon water storage tank with 2
solar collector panels located on the roof of the home. Provides all of the family’s hot water needs from
March through November and provides preheating for gas tankless heater during winter months.
• Red buttons in bathroom and kitchen trigger an on-demand hot water recirculation pump located in the
laundry room that circulates water, putting cold water back into the supply pipes until hot water fills all of the
pipes. All hot water pipes are insulated.
• All shower heads and faucets are Water-Sense low flow fixtures.
• Dishwasher and washing machine are Energy Star and use very little water to operate.
• Toilets are highly water efficient. Toilets in both pool bath and kid’s bathroom flush with just .8 gallons of
• 1700 gallon Rain water collection cistern located in back yard collects rain from roof through gutter and
downspout system. Water is currently used to irrigate plants and to fill swimming pool. In event of a severe
water shortage system is pre-plumped to be used in indoor applications such as toilet flushing and
• All plants in yard are either drought tolerant and/or native to Florida so they need less water to thrive. Two
large Southern Slash pines were preserved and protected during construction to provide shade and wildlife
• Shoe removal area at family entrance prevents contaminates from being tracked through home.
• Detached garage prevents potential danger from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
• Central Vacuum system with hose in wall provides quick access for clean ups.
• 900 CFM blower in range hood removes heat and odors from cooking in a direct system with motor outside
and rheostat control located at cooking area.
• Low or no VOC paints and finishes throughout.
• Situated on a 6,400 sq. ft. 64 X 100.
• Downstairs office can easily convert to 4th bedroom.
• Upstairs laundry with utility sink, drain basin, custom cabinets and long countertops for folding
• Gas appliances including range top, dryer, grill and tankless water heater
• Outdoor Cabana Kitchen consists of stainless built-in gas grill with side burner and sink, professionally
designed bar seating with LED lighting for nighttime enjoyment.
• Salt Water pool measuring 12 X 28 with high efficiency variable speed pump
• Home prewired for Sonos sound system, CAT 6 network wiring and 5 TV prewires
• Built in speakers in Kitchen and lanai
• Outdoor shower
• Alarm System
• Keyless entry system
• Irrigation well for all landscaping
• Built to Hurricane Code with impact insulated garage doors, impact low-e insulated windows, aluminum
clad exterior with anodized finish, and 24 gauge standing seam galvalume roof.
• Flooring downstairs is white polished and densified concrete. Upstairs flooring is resilient vinyl.
• Ceiling in living area is reclaimed antique cypress salvaged from the garage formerly located on this home
• Pool bath counter and wooden counter at island is recycled from the same garage.
• Reclaimed sinks were used in Kitchen, pool bath, and laundry room.
• Built in will remain in the office and other areas of the home.
• Kitchen features include: 2 sinks, 2 disposals, 2 full sized side by side refrigerators, double wall ovens plus
built-in microwave, 5 burner gas cooktop.
• Kitchen cabinets are laminate and quarter sawn cypress veneer.
• Kitchen counter tops are Quartz.
• Staircase is welded steel and maple treads.
• Fruit producing trees and vines including: loquat, mercot (tangerine like orange), lychee, mango, passion
fruit and key lime.
• Large white concrete stepping stones were formed and poured at the same time as lanai floors.
• Great room with open plan kitchen.
• Upstairs family room and gathering spot.
• Balcony off of the Master Suite.
• 2 Walk in pantries.
• Tons of built in storage.
• Stainless steel hinges and hardware on exterior doors.
• All framing on deck constructed with marine-grade pressure treated wood.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
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