Rick Caster has done it all when it comes to building. He has built homes, offices and shopping centers.
Now, his focus is more specific to infill projects. The developments his company Azure Development is producing are gaining recognition and winning awards.
His most recent award was for townhouse project Delray Modern East.
The architect on the project Jeffrey Silberstein of Silberstein Architecture brought home the Design Excellence Award of Honor in the residential category from the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The project consists for four homes that are just over 2,800-square-feet under air. They are a modernist style with three bedrooms, three full baths and a half bath and two-car garage.
The homes don’t feel like townhouses because you walk into a gated garden and have a large pool with fire pit, summer kitchen and covered patio.The floor plan is open with a great room that has an open waterfall island kitchen, 12 foot ceilings on the ground floor and 10 foot ceilings on the second floor. There are floor to ceiling windows, skylights and a glass wrapped staircase.
“We felt we had to do something dramatic,” Caster said of the project.
All four of the units have been sold.
The smaller projects are different from what Caster produced previously in his career. He said he has completed projects with several hundred homes. Now, he works on six to eight projects a year.
Even though the project count is lower, he said there is such an attention to detail that takes up just as much time as a large scale project.
Azure has several other projects in the works:
Delray Modern Intracoastal
Located on Palm Trail, the waterfront property contains two homes. It is close to a five-acre nature preserve. Also designed by Silberstein, each home has four bedrooms, four and one half baths, two car plus golf cart attached garage and total 4,432-square-feet under air. The homes can be combined to create a house totaling 8,843-square-feet.
There is a gated motor court entry, great room concept with double island kitchen, adjacent clubroom and large covered terraces on both the ground and second levels. On the ground floor ceilings are 12’ high – with 12’ high glass sliding doors – and 10’ high ceilings on the second floor. A wrap around pool feature has fountains and a fire pit.
Delray Modern Beach
The homes at 225 and 235 Macfarlane Drive have views of the Intracoastal and are walking distance from the beach. Also designed by Silberstein, the homes each include three bedrooms, four full and one half baths and an attached two car garage that toal 2,895- square-feet under air.
A roof top glass enclosed ‘retreat’ with full bath may be used as an office, gym or optional fourth bedroom.
Theres is a gated garden entry, great room concept with open waterfall island kitchen, lush landscaping for privacy and individual 9’ x 22’ pools. On the ground floor ceilings are 11’ high with 11’ floor to ceiling windows. The roof top terrace features include a back bar, spa and fire pit.
Boca Beach House
Azure is also making its mark in Boca with a show-stopping ‘beach house’ on 2600 N. Ocean Blvd. Built right on the sand, the homes each have four bedrooms, five and one half bathrooms, a glass elevator, four car garage and rooftop pool with a spa, fire put and summer kitchen. The total square footage has not yet been determined.
LEED designated office/retail space coming to Federal Highway
Azure also has an office and retail building totaling 6,500-square feet on Federal Highway in downtown Delray. It will be available in April.