The Tiberio Mansion at 277 S Matanzas Boulevard St Augustine Florida 32080
When it comes to luxury homes and mansions, one expects a higher level of appointments than you find in a standard construction home but The Tiberio Mansion takes it to another level. Aside from being built marsh side with breathtaking views of the intracoastal, the home is situated to ensure the ability to enjoy both the magical sunrise in the morning and the awe-inspiring Florida sunsets that are coveted by photographers across the globe.
The actual construction of the home features an extra large foundation – 28”X16” with 5 5/8”rebar – all concrete was extra strength 3000 psi redi-mix. The exterior wall furring is 2 x 4 pressure treated wood, with 2 layers of ¾” foil back insulation between the furring – for extra energy savings. The five HVAC units are newer with all having been replaced in the last 5 years with routine maintenance. This well insulated home features windows with state of the art “Low E” glass. All stucco bands are solid masonry stucco, not foam bands stuccoed over – stucco is “marble crete” and is a solid 1” thick. The arches you see throughout the home were formed and poured with 3,000 psi concrete, there are no plywood arches with wire and stucco used. The attic is vented through soffit vents, and 3 roof vents that have power driven fans to produce positive pressure ventilation enhancing the energy efficiency of the home. There are also some structural features that make this home stand out: All of the ceilings were finished with 1 x 4 wood strips to produce the flattest ceiling possible. The Living room floor is “first growth” heart pine, not reclaimed from existing buildings – this material was cut down over 100 years ago and removed from Florida rivers. The material was sawn and milled at Godwin Lumber in Micanopy, Florida. The flooring is screwed down with over 58,000 screws into 2 x 4 wood “sleepers” – the plugs seen with made on site and glued over the screw heads. The upstairs sub floor consist of 1 layer ¾” T & G pine plywood, glued and screwed, and a top layer of ½” MDF fiber board, solid core material and are also glued and screwed – the floors in this home do not squeak and probably never will. The roof dry-in decking is 1 x 12 #3 spruce pine, nailed at the rate of 5 times the nails required for plywood roof decking. The attics have 1 x 12 decked access race ways to provide mechanical movement and minimize the chance of ceiling damage by accident.
Getting into the aesthetic features of the estate, you will find ever more well thought out features as you move through home. The exterior rails and balustrades are a synthetic root free material, termite proof to which paint adheres perfectly. The yard sprinkler system is supplied by a 4” flowing artesian well and run on a 1 HP pump on an automatic timer so you can rest assured that your lawn and garden will thrive in the Florida sun. Topside, the roof tiles are ceramic covered tile, like a bathroom tile, made in France, applied with all stainless steel fasteners and the two conical roofs are covered with interlocking copper shingles. Inside, the living room walls are site made millwork, raised panel, white pine, special to this project. The custom fireplace has a 6’ opening, with a 6’ steel damper and the blue granite is from Maine and is almost unavailable in today’s market with a mantle and surround that were site made 1 off custom millwork.