Grand Award - Laplante Residence

The prevailing architectural style in Rosemary Beach is “Dutch West Indies,” but the family that commissioned this 5,500-square-foot residence wanted a home blending Italian and Moroccan influences. Fortunately, the irregularly shaped lot was the biggest and farthest from the beach in the TND, which gave them some latitude to break the rules.

The site's most notable constraint—a deeply sloping lot with a 12-foot grade change—became an asset in the quest for private outdoor living space. In back, the home wraps around a terraced courtyard, pool, and gardens, with expansive windows, balconies, and loggias oriented toward the view. Moroccan flavors get their due in this secluded backyard retreat, as well as in interior spaces.

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