A traditional tropical Key West style garden with "an honest pool, within a fantastic grove", that was what the Danish Industrial Designers requested when they hired us to design their home away from home. They wanted to stay in in keeping with Old Key West style and chose to go with brick as it's what you would see in the forts around the island. "An honest material that doesn't try to be showy". The large multi-trunk palms that were already on the property were left as they create drama and act as sculptural features of the garden. The pool coping was raised as the clients wanted their property split between the main house and the guesthouse. Planting was strategically placed to create further privacy between the two properties and a pathway around the pool helps connect the two homes and allow the home owners and the guest to have their own space to relax in the garden or to enjoy together.
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An outdoor shower was a requirement of the homeowners.
The main bedroom opens up to the garden and allows easy access to & from the pool.
Old Chicago Brick was used throughout the property as the owners wanted the property to have the feel of 'Old Key West' and liked the idea of using a material like brick that had a more classic feel to it.
The coping of the pool was raised, as the owners wanted the property to feel as though it was spilt in half, allowing the guesthouse to feel separate and private from the main house.
The coping of the pool was raised, as the owners wanted the property to feel as though it was spilt in half, allowing the guesthouse to feel separate and private from the main house. Tall palms were used for their canopies and plantings were done by groupings of the same varieties to help the garden feel open and spacious.
A view from the garden side of the guesthouse shows the main house is visible yet the pool creates a division and strategic planting helps to create privacy between the two spaces.
Separated by a swimming pool allows the clients' guest to feel as though they have their own private tropical lagoon.
The Old Chicago Brick adds to the feel of 'Old Key West' and the raised coping of the pool helps separate the guesthouse from the main house.
Groupings of plantings help to keep the garden looking open and modern while still having a tropical feel.
The canopy of the palms help frame the Master Suite and provide privacy from the neighbors. The different levels of the garden add interest and help define spaces.
The canopy of the palms help frame the Master Suite and provide privacy from the neighbors. The different levels of the garden add interest and help define spaces within the property
Landscape lighting helps to create drama
Landscape Lighting now only provides safety and security but when done correctly can help add drama to your property.
- Haven Burkee, Bender & Associates Architecture
- Tamara Alvarez