This project was a collaboration between two landscape architects Ladd Roberts of Landwise Design and Craig Reynolds for Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture both brought their unique points of view to create a custom design that combines the architecture and landscape to make this vacation home a place the owners never want to leave.
Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture replaces the interior finish, giving the pool a more natural hue of blue. On a $45,000 budget, they replace the patio, line the pool with stones and break up the ho-hum rectangular shape with a stone walkway, creating an attractive square-shaped pool and two smaller decorative pools.
This outdoor space in particular has a sense of "organized lushness," as a stone walkway and trimmed turf provide a clear path through the tropical garden. Once they reach the end of the trail, guests can choose to sit or continue their journey in either direction.
This outdoor space's simple lines and openness is in keeping with the home's contemporary style. The space is surrounded by large palm trees and other tropical plants that add color and texture to the space's neutral palate.
Royal palms and flowering plants offer a small glimpse of what's to come from this vacation home in Jamaica. As guests follow the smooth stone driveway, they'll enter a lush landscape that boasts water fountains, stunning structures and an infinity-edge pool with views of the ocean.
For additional ambiance, the landscape architects outfitted the garden with an accent wall that doubles as a cool, cascading water feature. Lush green plants all around further the sense of a hidden oasis.
In the spirit of British Colonial style, this property includes a series of "outdoor rooms," or spaces that are defined by walls of palm trees and other native plants. This wood pergola marks the entrance to one such space, with a bench at the end for quiet reflection.
With a weathered stone water fountain and ivy climbing the wall, this corner of the garden almost seems like a site from an Indiana Jones movie. Those brave enough to explore the 4-acre lot on warm days will reap the reward of this refreshing space.
Looking at it now, it's hard to believe that the backyard once sloped straight down the hill. After careful planning by the landscape architects, locally cut stone retaining walls were added to level off the deck and recapture all of this useable space.
Tucked away in the Florida Keys, this contemporary home is surrounded by palm trees and lush plants. As guests make their way around the side of the house, they'll find a paved path that leads through the garden.