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