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6. Compact Backyard in Key West, FloridaWhile limited in square footage, this garden around an 1800s carriage house in Key West’s historic district presented an opportunity for Florida landscape architect Craig Reynolds. Following his client’s requests for an outdoor lounge, hot tub, outdoor dining area and outdoor shower, Reynolds worked all the outdoor living elements into the 900-square-foot outdoor area like a jigsaw puzzle, with room left to spare for tropical plants to soften the edges. “I refer to it as a little jewel box,” he says of the space.
Yard at a GlanceLocation: Key West, FloridaSize: 900 square feet (84 square meters)Designer: Craig Reynolds Landscape ArchitectureOf all the challenges that come with creating a new landscape design for a historic home in tropical Florida, the biggest one Craig Reynolds had to solve was how to fit in everything the homeowners wanted. “Key West is that way,” the landscape architect says. “You are given these tiny areas to fill in.”He first determined how much space each request would require and which areas should connect to the house, starting with this outdoor lounge and hot tub area off the kitchen. From there it was a matter of flow, figuring out the most fluid progression of spaces.