Mustique's Blessed Simplicity
Gillian and Jack Diamond’s homesite on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines underwent serious preparation before building began. To create the ideal setting, a team of builders used dynamite and jackhammers to dislodge rocks and boulders in the cliffside. The result was this gorgeous view of the turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and barren coastline.
Natural materials inspired the home’s exterior palette with walls the color of wet sand and shutters reminiscent of the Caribbean sky at sunset. “It doesn’t look like traditional island houses, but it draws on the same principles,” says Jack, who designed the house. This pergola adds shade and structure to the pool terrace.
Deep eaves surround each pavilion to provide shade over the broad portals open to the elements. To conserve precious water, durable PVC gutters and downspouts direct rainfall to cisterns capable of holding 65,000 gallons. Conserving water is a necessity on the island, especially during the dry season from January to June.
Gardens, a swimming pool, and paved courtyards separate the airy pavilions, each housing an individual bedroom with a veranda, terrace, and outdoor shower. A drip-irrigation system keeps the garden landscaping lush without wasting water. The gardens contain an array of edibles from oranges and figs to peppers and arugula.
A high, vented roof and ceiling fans keep hot air from building up in the bedrooms. “It’s quite comfortable, and without the crutch of air-conditioning,” Jack says. “After all, we come here to live with nature.” The white paint and fabrics contribute to this bedroom’s cool feeling.
Overlooking Pasture Bay, this wide veranda extends living spaces outdoors. “Verandas are essential in tropical architecture to deflect rain and heat,” Jack says. The area provides a comfortable place for alfresco dining, reading, and lounging.
The only glass in the house’s architecture is in the French and sliding doors to the veranda. The wide openings provide cross-ventilation and expansive views of the ocean from nearly every room in the house.