Modernist Retreat

Key West, Florida

This minimal open-floor plan home required a garden that reflected the owners’ love of simple clean lines, open views and a feeling of space. The hardscape was designed with a conservative use of materials to create the illusion of space with the planting used in a more architectural way to mimic the interior of the house. Privacy was also very important but it needed to be done in keeping with the aesthetic of the property maintaining the clean lines and open spaces.

The clients’ love of art and the southwestern United States needed to be reflected in the garden. John Martini is a particular favorite sculptor and a local of Key West. Although most of the color palette is neutral, strong pops of color both inside and out help draw your eyes around the garden.

The clients' love of art and the southwestern United States needed to be reflected in the garden. John Martini is a particular favorite sculptor and a local of Key West. Although most of the color palette is neutral, strong pops of color both inside and out help draw your eyes around the garden.

Indoor/outdoor living is a must as are clean lines, as far as these clients were concerned - less is more.

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Modern home with outdoor, front yard, hardscapes, trees, walkways, gardens, and garden. Clean lines, with the design being more sculptural than utilitarian. Design being a priority but privacy was a must. Photo  of Modernist Retreat

Clean lines, with the design being more sculptural than utilitarian. Design being a priority but privacy was a must.

Modern home with outdoor, garden, gardens, trees, front yard, walkways, hardscapes, vertical fence, concrete patio, porch, deck, grass, and metal fence. Clean lines, with the design being more sculptural than utilitarian. Design being a priority but privacy was a must. Photo 2 of Modernist Retreat

Clean lines, with the design being more sculptural than utilitarian. Design being a priority but privacy was a must.

Modern home with outdoor, garden, front yard, hardscapes, trees, shrubs, gardens, concrete patio, porch, deck, raised planters, and small patio, porch, deck. An outdoor extension of the living room.  The planting more a visual point of the living room and the sculpture is by Rob Lorenson. Photo 3 of Modernist Retreat

An outdoor extension of the living room. The planting more a visual point of the living room and the sculpture is by Rob Lorenson.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, trees, shrubs, gardens, garden, hardscapes, walkways, small patio, porch, deck, and concrete patio, porch, deck. The design was based around the existing lignum vitae with tropical underplanting, it separates the driveway and the guesthouse. Photo 4 of Modernist Retreat

The design was based around the existing lignum vitae with tropical underplanting, it separates the driveway and the guesthouse.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, shrubs, trees, garden, gardens, hardscapes, walkways, lap pool, standard construction pool, swimming pool, concrete patio, porch, deck, tile patio, porch, deck, large patio, porch, deck, stone patio, porch, deck, and pavers patio, porch, deck. The windows/doors open to allow both the interior and exterior spaces to work together or separately creating equal spaces and allowing the maximum amount of sunlight in. Photo 5 of Modernist Retreat

The windows/doors open to allow both the interior and exterior spaces to work together or separately creating equal spaces and allowing the maximum amount of sunlight in.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, gardens, large pool, plunge pool, lap pool, walkways, swimming pool, standard construction pool, large patio, porch, deck, tile patio, porch, deck, and pavers patio, porch, deck. The view from the guesthouse allows friends and family to be part of the outdoor area while still having their own space. The knee wall behind the pool creates a division in the garden allowing the owners to have their own private patio space off of the Master Suite. Photo 6 of Modernist Retreat

The view from the guesthouse allows friends and family to be part of the outdoor area while still having their own space. The knee wall behind the pool creates a division in the garden allowing the owners to have their own private patio space off of the Master Suite.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, walkways, swimming pool, lap pool, gardens, large pool, standard construction pool, large patio, porch, deck, and tile patio, porch, deck. The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish. Photo 7 of Modernist Retreat

The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, shrubs, trees, hardscapes, gardens, walkways, large pool, swimming pool, lap pool, standard construction pool, tile patio, porch, deck, and large patio, porch, deck. The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish. Photo 8 of Modernist Retreat

The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish.

Modern home with outdoor, garden, shrubs, trees, back yard, gardens, walkways, large pool, swimming pool, tile patio, porch, deck, lap pool, and standard construction pool. The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish. Photo 9 of Modernist Retreat

The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, side yard, garden, shrubs, gardens, large pool, walkways, trees, hardscapes, swimming pool, lap pool, large patio, porch, deck, tile patio, porch, deck, standard construction pool, and small patio, porch, deck. A private patio off the Master Suite was designed to allow the owners their own space away from guest and the main pool area. Photo 10 of Modernist Retreat

A private patio off the Master Suite was designed to allow the owners their own space away from guest and the main pool area.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, walkways, gardens, large pool, lap pool, standard construction pool, swimming pool, and tile patio, porch, deck. Irises were planted between the pool and Master Suite not just to add a little more privacy and a pop of color but were used because of their sculptural elements. The long clean lines of the irises mimic the design of the back garden. Photo 11 of Modernist Retreat

Irises were planted between the pool and Master Suite not just to add a little more privacy and a pop of color but were used because of their sculptural elements. The long clean lines of the irises mimic the design of the back garden.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, gardens, garden, hardscapes, trees, walkways, swimming pool, lap pool, standard construction pool, large pool, large patio, porch, deck, and tile patio, porch, deck. All of the elements were designed to create clean contemporary lines and show off the owner's artwork all the while creating separate areas for the clients to enjoy. Photo 12 of Modernist Retreat

All of the elements were designed to create clean contemporary lines and show off the owner's artwork all the while creating separate areas for the clients to enjoy.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, trees, shrubs, garden, hardscapes, gardens, walkways, swimming pool, large pool, tile patio, porch, deck, standard construction pool, and lap pool. The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish. River rock was used to soften the area around the edges of the pool in keeping with the clean lines and modern feel. Photo 13 of Modernist Retreat

The swimming pool was resurfaced, and a shelf was added for lounging. The coping and paving around the pool was updated to White Quartzite giving it a modern, cleaner finish. River rock was used to soften the area around the edges of the pool in keeping with the clean lines and modern feel.

Modern home with outdoor, walkways, garden, back yard, gardens, hardscapes, trees, lap pool, shrubs, swimming pool, standard construction pool, large pool, and tile patio, porch, deck. The windows/doors open to allow both the interior and exterior spaces to work together or separately creating equal spaces and allowing the maximum amount of sunlight in. Photo 14 of Modernist Retreat

The windows/doors open to allow both the interior and exterior spaces to work together or separately creating equal spaces and allowing the maximum amount of sunlight in.