Homes of the West Indies in the Caribbean have a distinctive vernacular style that evolved to address the climate as well as the unique advantages and challenges of the region. This home is reminiscent of those early colonial dwellings. With its wide porches all around, it shelters the interior of the home from the hot sun. Large openings on all sides provide ample cross-ventilation, allowing the gentle trade winds to move through it freely while opening the living spaces to the beautiful views of the sea and neighboring islands.
High ceilings let warm air escape upwards, while steep roof pitches help protect against hurricane winds. Shallower porch roofs are attached to the outer walls, assuring that even if they are damaged in a storm the integrity of the structure will remain intact.
Water is frequently a scarce and precious resource in these islands, which are subject to periods of drought. For a planter’s home, water for crops is crucial. The large roof area is finished in metal, making an ideal water collection surface to fill the two large cisterns in the basement.
The property is about 10 acres in size, and is planted in fruit trees, vegetables, and ornamental shrubs and trees. There is also a separate cottage affectionately known as the “children’s house”, built to provide comfortable and inviting accommodations for adult children and other guests.