Palm Garden Retreat - Outdoor Living

Last Resort

Jean Allsopp

Last Resort

A pool, spa, tropical landscaping, and comfortable furniture turn the lagoon-side lawn into a resortlike backyard oasis. Large, cast-stone tiles create a wide pool deck. Luxurious faux-bamboo double chaise longues in a faux-tortoise finish join
bar-height bistro sets "for eating, drinking, and being merry," Debbie says.

Exterior

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Exterior

Inspired by Caribbean architecture, this plan incorporates outdoor rooms, a courtyard, and a pool and spa that bring water right to the back door. Just one-room deep in most places, many spaces have windows on three sides.

Master Porch

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Master Porch  

Just outside a pair of French doors, the master porch, draped with lengths of outdoor fabric, offers a place to relax after a dip in the warm spa. A grouping of faux-bamboo chairs and an ottoman invite more relaxation.

Spa Treatment

Jean Allsopp

Spa Treatment

Just steps from the pool,
a bubbling spa entices the weary. Here, low-slung palm trees and sea grapes provide privacy from neighbors.

Upstairs Porch

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Upstairs Porch

On the upstairs porch, architect Don Cooper used louvered railings. "All three bedrooms face the water, and we wanted the louvers to give them some privacy from passing boats," he says.

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Sun Block

Jean Allsopp

Sun Block

For a nautical exterior accessory, designers chose lanterns with an aged copper finish. French doors made of tinted, insulated glass keep indoor fabrics in the upstairs bedrooms safe from UV rays.

Best Seat in the House

Jean Allsopp

Best Seat in the House

The courtyard patio is a front-row seat to lagoon sunrises. Trailing vines climb the patio's arbor over
a bistro table and chairs that "invite you to sit and relax before you even enter the house," says Debbie. Connie agrees: "It is a wonderful place to enjoy cocktails and admire the landscaping."

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