Spectacular homes net design awards

Spectacular homes net design awards

A spectacular contemporary home on the waterfront in Rum Point and a tranquil beach house nestled among sea grape trees in Little Cayman share the 2015 Governor’s Award for design and construction excellence. 

Despite their contrasting styles, both homes impressed the judges at the biennial awards ceremony because of their harmony with the surrounding natural environment. 

The winners were announced Tuesday night in a reception at the governor’s house. 

For Raoul Pal, the construction of the beach house close to Point of Sand on Little Cayman was the realization of a dream. 

He said the award was deserved recognition for Edgewater Developments, which had taken on the “almost impossible task” of making his dream come true. 

He scoured the world, from the Philippines to Tanzania, looking for the perfect slice of tropical beachfront land before finding it in Little Cayman. 

“Little Cayman is an unspoiled paradise. I wanted it to be the star attraction and to build a house within that special environment,” said Mr. Pal, who built the home along with Amanda Goodwin. 

Kris and Debi Bergstrom, the husband-and-wife team who run Edgewater Developments, say their aim was to create a home that appeared to have been dropped in place amid the splendor of the surrounding landscape. 

The lot was hand-cleared and the finished product features three distinct buildings set back from the beach and connected by wooden walkways amid the vegetation. 

“It was unique in that it was designed to be upscale and eclectic but to blend in with the Little Cayman landscape,” said Mr. Bergstrom. 

Vidal and Lisa Brewer were looking for an ultra-contemporary feel when they commissioned British firm Nicolas Tye Architects to design their Rum Point House in Grand Cayman. 

Mrs. Brewer said the idea was for the pool area and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly with each other and the surrounding space in a daring modern design. 

She said the home, which was developed as an investment property, was the couple’s first project in Grand Cayman. “We provided the brief and Nicolas totally understood what we wanted,” she said. 

“It is the kind of house that divides opinion. Some people love it, some hate it. It was brilliant to get the award and the recognition because we weren’t sure how it would be received.” 

Announcing the winners Tuesday, Governor Helen Kilpatrick said the two projects represent two very different but superbly designed and executed variants of the classic Caribbean beachside residence.  

“I am enthusiastic about the awards program and how it continues to celebrate design and construction excellence across the Cayman Islands,” she added. 

The governor also announced that James Whittaker and GreenTech Environmental were commended for their “exemplary contribution” to sustainability and environmental awareness in residential building science in the Cayman Islands, and for various education and outreach programs. 

The contemporary design of the Rum Point house, owned by the Brewers, stood out for the judges. - PHOTO COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The contemporary design of the Rum Point house, owned by the Brewers, stood out for the judges. – PHOTO COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The Beach House at Point of Sand in Little Cayman impressed judges at the Governor

The Beach House at Point of Sand in Little Cayman impressed judges at the Governor’s Awards for design and construction excellence. – PHOTO: MONIKA WOJTKIEWICZ, COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The Little Cayman home features three distinct buildings connected by wooden bridges. - PHOTO: MONIKA WOJTKIEWICZ, COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The Little Cayman home features three distinct buildings connected by wooden bridges. – PHOTO: MONIKA WOJTKIEWICZ, COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The ultra-contemporary design of the Rum Point house stood out for the judges. - PHOTO COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The ultra-contemporary design of the Rum Point house stood out for the judges. – PHOTO COURTESY OF REALLIFE MAGAZINE

The rooftop of the Rum Point House.

The rooftop of the Rum Point House.

Lisa and Vidal Brewer with the design award for their Rum Point House. - PHOTO: DAVID R. LEGGE

Lisa and Vidal Brewer with the design award for their Rum Point House. – PHOTO: DAVID R. LEGGE

Governor Helen Kilpatrick presents Raoul Pal, owner of the Little Cayman Beach House, with the 2015 Governor

Governor Helen Kilpatrick presents Raoul Pal, owner of the Little Cayman Beach House, with the 2015 Governor’s Award for design and construction excellence. – PHOTO: DAVID R. LEGGE
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4 COMMENTS

  1. These homes are just awesome; and it is things like this that make me love Cayman. Peaceful serene and clean; and this is also a reason I feel saddened when I see people from third world countries come to the island and throw bottles, cans and trash out of car windows and along our beautiful beaches. Congratulations to the home owners.

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  2. If course this is a very interesting story, and of course the homes are beautiful.

    However, I think the powers that be should divide the candidates into reasonable cost categories. After all, not everyone can afford to design and build a 6 million dollar home. There are many fabulous homes here on Cayman that are much less, and offer wonder living spaces for more reasonable (??) costs.

    Lets take a look at those!

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