Waterfront Sanctuary

Summerland Key, Florida

This property was done in two phases. The first phase involved creating a relaxing side yard with a cozy lanai over-looking a swimming pool and the water. Relaxing, reflective and contemplative space with dense native planting to protect from the biting winter winds while maintain clear views to the water was the design goal. An infinity edge pool was designed to create an even more dramatic view.

This home was originally a series of buildings used for the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the two phases helped to unify the buildings into a relaxing tropical retreat. The final stage created a dramatic entry to the garden with large native and tropical trees to not only to help hide the view of the property from the street but to create a lush entrance to the property. Horizontal fencing, sculptural palms and large masses of tropical understory all help to create the sense of lush, expansive entrance

This project was used in a local Florida Keys magazine during the 1st phase with different images. This home was originally a series of buildings used as the Bay of Pigs communication center. On completion of phase two the site was transformed into a relaxing tropical retreat.

This home was originally a series of buildings used as the Bay of Pigs communication center. This project was done in two phases: the first phase involved creating a relaxing side yard with a cozy lanai over-looking a swimming pool and the water. The second & final stage created a dramatic entry to the garden with large native and tropical trees to not only to help hide the view of the property from the street but to create a lush entrance to the property. On completion of phase two the site was transformed into a relaxing tropical retreat.

The lanai was designed to be a relaxing retreat & a place for the clients to get out of the hot Florida Keys sun while enjoying the view of their infinity edge swimming pool complete with a bench water feature.

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Modern home with outdoor, front yard, trees, garden, shrubs, hardscapes, and gardens. The grand ficus trees are the focal point and entry to this Florida Keys waterfront property, creating both shade and privacy to this dramatic entrance. Photo  of Waterfront Sanctuary

The grand ficus trees are the focal point and entry to this Florida Keys waterfront property, creating both shade and privacy to this dramatic entrance.

Modern home with outdoor, front yard, garden, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, gardens, walkways, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Lush tropical planting and concrete pavers create a hard and soft feel to the entry of the house. Photo 2 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Lush tropical planting and concrete pavers create a hard and soft feel to the entry of the house.

Modern home with outdoor, front yard, garden, shrubs, hardscapes, trees, walkways, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Lush tropical planting and concrete pavers create a hard and soft feel to the entry of the house. Photo 3 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Lush tropical planting and concrete pavers create a hard and soft feel to the entry of the house.

Modern home with outdoor, front yard, trees, garden, shrubs, gardens, hardscapes, concrete patio, porch, deck, and walkways. Tall tropical planting creates privacy and shade while the lush tropical foliage softens the look of the concrete building and pavers. The lignum vitae in front of the wall creates additional privacy for the owners. Photo 4 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Tall tropical planting creates privacy and shade while the lush tropical foliage softens the look of the concrete building and pavers. The lignum vitae in front of the wall creates additional privacy for the owners.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, trees, hardscapes, walkways, gardens, shrubs, small pool, swimming pool, lap pool, plunge pool, standard construction pool, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Outdoor covered, seating area complete with an infinity pool and views of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo 5 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Outdoor covered, seating area complete with an infinity pool and views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, side yard, hardscapes, trees, shrubs, gardens, walkways, grass, swimming pool, standard construction pool, lap pool, plunge pool, small pool, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Clean, simple lines of the infinity pool allow for uninterrupted views of the Gulf and the water feature off to the side in keeping with the clean lines. Lush tropical planting was added to create textures, shade and privacy. Photo 6 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Clean, simple lines of the infinity pool allow for uninterrupted views of the Gulf and the water feature off to the side in keeping with the clean lines. Lush tropical planting was added to create textures, shade and privacy.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, trees, side yard, garden, shrubs, grass, hardscapes, walkways, lap pool, swimming pool, standard construction pool, gardens, plunge pool, concrete patio, porch, deck, and small pool. Outdoor seating with cover was designed to protect from the harsh summer sun of the Florida Keys as well as create an extra space for privacy and relaxation. Lush tropical planting was designed around the property for privacy and shade with the clean lines of the pool extending to the poured-in-place concrete pavers. Photo 7 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Outdoor seating with cover was designed to protect from the harsh summer sun of the Florida Keys as well as create an extra space for privacy and relaxation. Lush tropical planting was designed around the property for privacy and shade with the clean lines of the pool extending to the poured-in-place concrete pavers.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, garden, back yard, shrubs, trees, grass, hardscapes, walkways, small pool, gardens, swimming pool, plunge pool, lap pool, standard construction pool, and concrete patio, porch, deck. Outdoor seating with cover was designed to protect from the harsh summer sun of the Florida Keys as well as create an extra space for privacy and relaxation. Lush tropical planting was designed around the property for privacy and shade with the clean lines of the pool extending to the poured-in-place concrete pavers. Photo 8 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Outdoor seating with cover was designed to protect from the harsh summer sun of the Florida Keys as well as create an extra space for privacy and relaxation. Lush tropical planting was designed around the property for privacy and shade with the clean lines of the pool extending to the poured-in-place concrete pavers.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, back yard, gardens, hardscapes, trees, small pool, shrubs, swimming pool, lap pool, standard construction pool, wood patio, porch, deck, and concrete patio, porch, deck. A bench water feature was added to the infinity pool in the second part of the design. Tall lush planting was added for privacy. Photo 9 of Waterfront Sanctuary

A bench water feature was added to the infinity pool in the second part of the design. Tall lush planting was added for privacy.

Modern home with outdoor, side yard, garden, back yard, gardens, grass, walkways, hardscapes, shrubs, trees, small pool, plunge pool, swimming pool, standard construction pool, concrete patio, porch, deck, lap pool, and stone patio, porch, deck. Boulders and tropical planting in groups were used to define space throughout the garden while poured-in-place concrete pavers help complete the clean lines of the property. Photo 10 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Boulders and tropical planting in groups were used to define space throughout the garden while poured-in-place concrete pavers help complete the clean lines of the property.

Modern home with outdoor, back yard, garden, trees, hardscapes, shrubs, gardens, walkways, decking patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, and wood fence. Private beach with native planting allow the owners to watch the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico at the lush Waterfront Retreat in the Florida Keys. Photo 11 of Waterfront Sanctuary

Private beach with native planting allow the owners to watch the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico at the lush Waterfront Retreat in the Florida Keys.