Tropical Minimal

Key West, Florida

The main concern designing the landscape for this property was, “truth in materials”. Every aspect of the building was designed with the intention of ‘less is more’. Every plant that was chosen was as part of a discussion as to how it related to the architecture. The exterior walls and fences have supporting elements and were considered an extension of the house. Restricting the amount of materials and plants used was not only a reflection of how the house was designed but also helps to create more visual space but more graphic site-lines in keeping with the style of the house.

The step up was designed to make the entrance even more dramatic and emphasized the fact that one was entering a different space.

The owners wanted a home where the garden felt as though it was an extension of the interior, as though it was another room within the home. Indoor/ outdoor living was a priority and each part of the garden needed to feel as though it had a function. The home is also used in the evenings as a backdrop to watch movies from the lawn.

It was important to have defined spaces throughout the garden just as one would for the interior spaces. This included an outdoor dining area and a fire pit

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Modern home with outdoor, garden, front yard, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, horizontal fence, concrete patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. Entry way to a modern, contemporary Key West home.  Clean lines, planting was done with minimal species and in groupings. Photo  of Tropical Minimal

Entry way to a modern, contemporary Key West home. Clean lines, planting was done with minimal species and in groupings.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, trees, hardscapes, front yard, walkways, shrubs, landscape lighting, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Poured in place concrete was used to mimic the structure of the home and the slight step up to to further emphasize the fact that one was entering into a different space. Photo 2 of Tropical Minimal

Poured in place concrete was used to mimic the structure of the home and the slight step up to to further emphasize the fact that one was entering into a different space.

Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, hardscapes, side yard, garden, walkways, concrete patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. Poured in place concrete was used to mimic the structure of the home and the slight step up to to further emphasize the fact that one was entering into a different space. Planting was kept to minimal species and in groupings. Photo 3 of Tropical Minimal

Poured in place concrete was used to mimic the structure of the home and the slight step up to to further emphasize the fact that one was entering into a different space. Planting was kept to minimal species and in groupings.

Modern home with outdoor, shrubs, trees, side yard, walkways, hardscapes, landscape lighting, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Indoor/outdoor living is a must in Key West. The main design philosophy of the overall design was to create areas outside that acted as their own special spaces and were an extension of the inside. Photo 4 of Tropical Minimal

Indoor/outdoor living is a must in Key West. The main design philosophy of the overall design was to create areas outside that acted as their own special spaces and were an extension of the inside.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, garden, trees, gardens, shrubs, hardscapes, walkways, concrete patio, porch, deck, small patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. Indoor/outdoor living is a must in Key West. The main design philosophy of the overall design was to create areas outside that acted as their own special spaces and were an extension of the inside. Photo 5 of Tropical Minimal

Indoor/outdoor living is a must in Key West. The main design philosophy of the overall design was to create areas outside that acted as their own special spaces and were an extension of the inside.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, garden, back yard, trees, shrubs, grass, hardscapes, standard construction pool, plunge pool, small patio, porch, deck, small pool, walkways, concrete patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. A swimming pool was a priority for this tropical retreat. Poured in place concrete is used throughout the property both as a function and design element. Photo 6 of Tropical Minimal

A swimming pool was a priority for this tropical retreat. Poured in place concrete is used throughout the property both as a function and design element.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, back yard, hardscapes, walkways, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, gardens, trees, concrete patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. The clients had very specific priorities with their dream tropical garden and a fire pit was high on the list of priorities. Photo 7 of Tropical Minimal

The clients had very specific priorities with their dream tropical garden and a fire pit was high on the list of priorities.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, side yard, hardscapes, trees, shrubs, grass, walkways, standard construction pool, small pool, landscape lighting, plunge pool, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Photo 8 of Tropical Minimal
Modern home with outdoor, back yard, hardscapes, walkways, shrubs, trees, grass, raised planters, small pool, plunge pool, standard construction pool, concrete patio, porch, deck, small patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. Swimming pool with a water feature, clean lines, minimal planting and poured in place concrete used to mimic the shape of the home. Photo 9 of Tropical Minimal

Swimming pool with a water feature, clean lines, minimal planting and poured in place concrete used to mimic the shape of the home.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, trees, side yard, shrubs, grass, garden, hardscapes, small patio, porch, deck, landscape lighting, walkways, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Indoor/outdoor living in 'key' here in the Florida Keys. Photo 10 of Tropical Minimal

Indoor/outdoor living in 'key' here in the Florida Keys.

Modern home with outdoor, front yard, walkways, side yard, hardscapes, trees, concrete patio, porch, deck, small patio, porch, deck, pavers patio, porch, deck, and landscape lighting. Lighting is used to create drama, as well as, safety to this modernist retreat. Photo 11 of Tropical Minimal

Lighting is used to create drama, as well as, safety to this modernist retreat.