The goals for this home's extensive outdoor space: Keep it sustainable; include spots for entertaining and quiet reflection; and evoke the Iowa prairies, the homeowners' native terrain. Grasses are a low-maintenance choice and lots of shade trees temper the sun and glare.
Kitchen Cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino took a narrow and dated galley kitchen and created this beautifully open floor plan in a luxe new space that marries kitchen, dining area and living room. The new 13-foot kitchen island features brilliant white quartz countertops. Its front panel is made from reclaimed wood that was locally sourced from a decommissioned water tower that was more than 150 years old.
Almost like a mirage in the desert, this tropical flowing pool reflects its surroundings in clear, blue waters. The whole backyard maintains a resort styles feel with a curved pool, stone tower and tropical landscaping.
It's impossible to imagine a setting more dreamy than the location of the Tower House, perched above Frenchman's Cay in the British Virgin Islands. The property offers private dock access. Stairs lead up from the water to the large deck with multiple seating areas and a jewel of an infinity pool.
A desire to embrace the sweeping water views informed the home's design, emphasizing openness and prominence toward the cove. On the inside of the towers, the ceiling height extends to over ten foot high and a window wall blurs the boundary between the inside and outside.
Panacea gets its name from the “cure-all” qualities of the Wakulla Springs. In the early 20th century, people from all over the world would journey to bathe in the hot springs, which were thought to have healing powers. Today, taking a dip in the springs is almost a rite of passage. If you’re feeling adventurous, jump from the 22-foot-tall observation tower at Wakulla Springs State Park into the 69 degree water of Wakulla Spring. If you’re looking to relax, find relief from the summer heat under the large, shady cypress trees.