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A Haven within Your Home

Our tropical climate calls for outdoor entertaining—from relaxed dinners to night time cocktail parties. For these occasions, outdoor spaces can set the stage for a successful celebration. Architects and designers know how to make clever use of outdoor areas by creating spaces that encourage conversation, forge intimacy, promote movement, and accentuate the ocean views and breezes. Whether your outdoor space consists of a terrace, pool deck, patio, or rooftop, here are five design ideas that will help you determine your perfect oasis.

A Sizzling Sanctuary (Villa Katsura, BVI)

Fire has traditionally been the heart of the home. Today, fire features can be a luxury centre piece for socialising. A fire and water combination will never fail to create a dramatic aura and back drop to any space, especially in the pool area.

A Shaded Terrace (Hawkins Island, Bermuda)

From shade to structure, pergolas are a great way to bring all your outdoor elements together in a functional and elegant manner. As a dramatic architectural statement, pergolas add a look of luxury to outdoor spaces, while serving as a perfect respite from the midday sun.

A Soothing Spa Space (Longtail House, Bermuda)

Soaking in a bubbling outdoor hot tub is one of life’s great pleasures. Custom-built spas, tailored to preference can provide the best options for concealment, even when they’re aboveground or suspended. A luxurious option for outdoor baths is to wrap a stone wall to hide the tub and integrate the wall as part of a garden.

An Elegant Landscaped Courtyard (Nevaeh Villa, Anguilla)

Greet guests in your outdoor space with a serene, soothing, landscaped courtyard and garden. Centrally locating the courtyard in the home design will provide an impressive entrance and allow guests to easily weave through indoor and outdoor living spaces. A peaceful space is a perfect place to connect with nature and your guests.

A Wood-Lined Outdoor Living Room (Tonic Waters, BVI)

An outdoor living area provides a natural extension to the interior of the home, as well as extra living space. For a contemporary style home, adding a timber canopy will help complement the home’s natural surroundings, while providing a stylish space for dining and entertaining.

A home’s outdoor space should be one’s personal oasis, a place to step out and enjoy nature. To help determine which open-air environment space is right for your home, speak with a knowledgeable design professional who can help create an outdoor area that matches your personal touch and lifestyle needs.

Photography courtesy of OBMI

Sian Seys-Evans, RIBA, LEED – Architect

Sian Seys-Evans, RIBA, LEED – Architect

A Registered Architect in the United Kingdom (ARB), member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and LEED Green Associate Sian has experience in the hospitality, commercial, and residential sectors. An integral part of OBMI’s Island Living Center of Excellence, she has extensive experience in residential design and Caribbean resort renovation, with projects spread throughout the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Sian’s projects in the include the Westin Hotel, Little Dix Bay Resort, and Water’s Edge Commercial Development, as well as several BVI homes. Sian brings to OBMI full dedication to her projects, approaching each with a subtle balance of creativity and practicality, consistently exceeding client expectations.
Sian Seys-Evans, RIBA, LEED – Architect

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