Contemporary Classic, Cayman Islands
A Grand Cayman home gets a modern makeover.
Words by Vanessa Hansen. Photography by www.heatherholt.com and www.pcreativecayman.ky
When Jacob and Fiona MacAdam relocated from the United Kingdom to the Cayman Islands, they didn’t dip their toes into the real estate market with a small condo or townhouse; instead, they dove in with a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house in the sought-after Webster’s Estates neighbourhood of South Sound. Initially, the couple rented the house, but they quickly fell in love and made an offer.
Built in 1996, the house was due for an update. The couple could already see the potential, having renovated previously in the UK. “We loved the flow of the house, and it is such a lovely neighbourhood," Fiona explains. But it was close proximity to the couples’ respective workplaces that tipped the scales in its favour.
They had a very clear, specific vision for what they wanted, which helped keep them on track, but also created a challenge, “It took us a while to find the right tradesman for what we proposed to do,” Jacob says. After a lengthy interview process, local firm AMB Construction was selected with Jacob overseeing the project.
The house was completely gutted and re-finished down to the finest details, marrying style and function for a truly unique home. The couple’s passion for entertaining guided the design, from the open-plan, eat-in kitchen with its spectacular marble feature, to the custom chef’s kitchen neatly nestled in the utility room.
One of the home’s most unique features is the climate controlled wine cellar with white-washed brick, modern shelving and beautiful glass doors. The walk-in cellar was created by repurposing an under-stair storage space. The first floor also features a living room, formal dining room, office and wet room bathroom.
The couple’s style is reflected throughout the home – modern lines, clean fittings and simple hardware are complemented by traditional English furnishings and French Provençal influences. The delicate grey colour palette is balanced with pops of colour in artwork and accessories.
An updated staircase leads to the second floor with four bedrooms. Each of the spacious rooms feature natural light and en suite bathrooms. The master bathroom’s rainfall shower, trough double-sink and floating vanity is both modern and luxurious. Inspired by a European hotel suite, the couple made the design decision to have the soaker tub in the bedroom. With up-lighting, and turquoise sea fan artwork, the tub becomes a main feature of the room.
The master bedroom’s private balcony looks out over the back garden, large pool and mature trees. The pool, complete with a lap lane, is flanked by manicured lawns, palms and fruit trees. Outdoor tiles engineered to resist heat, were installed to ensure comfort for barefoot, island living.
In terms of efficiency, the air-conditioning system, including vents, was completely replaced and is controlled by a Nest learning thermostat. Thanks to the smart system, they have seen an average monthly savings of hundreds of dollars. Motion sensors on lighting also provide safe movement at night and energy efficiency.
The couple explains that the project took several months of planning and about six months of temporary displacement, but are delighted with the result: a stunning home, in a beautiful neighbourhood, with its own unique features.
This home is currently for sale by private owner.
Please contact 1.345.326.1707 to arrange a viewing.
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