Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida
Coastal Florida

Coastal Florida

During extensive architectural renovations to an old home on Sanibel Island, the clients decided to update an existing swimming pool and the surrounding landscape.  To suit the ‘Mediterranean Revival’ home, and to facilitate the transition from parking to front door, an intimate arrival courtyard was designed; loose crushed shell surfacing, a wood deck walkway, a native, specimen- quality shade tree, a small water feature, and a 3 ½ foot tall stucco wall covered with colorful bougainvillea vine define the courtyard on the street side of the house.  Beyond, the landscape consists of native grasses and shrubs, chosen for compliance with strict local regulations, drought tolerance, and the variety they offer from more commonly used plant material.  The pool, Jacuzzi, and pool terrace, situated between the house and an adjacent canal with pier, were designed to be clean and somewhat modern and to maximize a variety of uses in a relatively small screened enclosure.  The travertine paving and pool coping are an extension of the interior floor material, though the pattern is customized to reflect a more contemporary design aesthetic.  Beyond the screened enclosure, the landscape consists of several large sea grape trees, chosen for the character of their twisted and gnarled multi-stem trunks, through which the canal can be viewed from the house and pool.