The New American Home: Outdoor Splendor

THE LIFE AQUATIC: The legnthy pool terrace, accessed at several points from every room along the back of the house, features a playful pool. Water that splashes over the disappearing edge flows into a trough sporting gas-fired tiki torches that add even more visual interest.

COVERED COMFORT: The downstairs loggia (seen in the background) offers plenty of casual seating area under its ample cover, as well as a pest-control screen and wide-open access to the pool terrace.

POOL VIEW: As seen from the upstairs loggia, the dramatic pool along the back edge of the terrace features concrete planter columns within its waters and an integral spa at the far end, giving ready access to the owners from the master suite just beyond it.

Screen Play: Yes, the insects of are a problem in Florida, especially along waterfront properties. But who wants on of those permanent screens for a seasonal problem? The answer is a retractable insect and sun screen from Phantom Manufacturing that not only keeps insects from invading the loggia, but also reduces solar heat gain and ultraviolet rays while stile allowing ample ventilation through the space.

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