When Kate Allenger and Stuart Knox revamped the backyard of their North Sound Estates home, they transformed it into a cozy, whimsical setting.

It now glows in the nighttime with an array of hanging candles and other decorative items, many of which have a magical bent.

The backyard glows in the nighttime with an array of lights and candles.
Photos: Stephen Clarke

Although Kate has lived in the house for 22 years, she decided to make some changes to the backyard in the summer of 2018, which started with the removal of an old and tired fiberglass pool. Now in its place is a lagoon-like pool and grotto that surrounds an elevated hot tub, which cascades water directly into the pool.

The pool finish is a custom mix of Diamond Brite, River Rok, and limestone from the local quarry; and two-by-two cobalt blue tiles complement the handcrafted aqua blue and iridescent rainbow glass tiles on the pool steps and underwater seating.“The pool interior’s deep shade of blue gives it a lagoon-quality, especially at night.

Even though the depth is only about five and a half feet, it appears much deeper,” says Kate, who credits Amar Mundle of Pools Cayman for bringing her vision and sketches to life.

“As the night falls it becomes a black abyss of depth due to the dark colours,” says Stuart. “Amar even called the mix of pool tiles, ‘Kate’s colour.’”

The pool area leads to an outdoor lounge and deck that overlooks the canal where a variety of lanterns and candles hang from above for a twinkling, intimate setting.

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