Change of Heart
"Changing the floors from ceramic tile to heart pine made an enormous difference in how the house feels," says homeowner Margo Alexander.
Mix the Old with the New
Guillermo specified bamboo for the stairway railings because of its sustainability and durability in the steamy climate. "I didn't understand why, but I loved the wagon-wheel furniture the minute I saw it," says Margo. "Then my mother reminded me that I slept on a wagon-wheel bed at my great-grandmother's house when I was a little girl."
"I thought the porch, with its 14-foot ceilings, would feel way too grand," Margo says. "Guillermo said, 'Trust me. You'll live there.' And he was right―we do!"
A Natural Choice
The Alexanders chose bamboo for the outdoor shower because of its natural feel and durability.
Go with the Flow
Lush landscaping surrounds a lagoonlike pool. "Key West is a place where you envision beachfront houses, but it's very limited in terms of actually being on the water. That's why I like to bring the feeling of water elements in and open the indoors to the outside as much as possible," Guillermo says.
By converting their home's attic into guest quarters, the Alexanders make the most of all available space.
A New Twist
Custom upholstered beds add a modern touch to the retro interiors.
The colors of river-rock flooring in the master bath echo the hues of the ocean. A local artisan laid the stone to mimic the sea's movement.
Having a separate poolside bath/laundry room is a Key West staple.