Industrial-inspired lofts may seem de rigueur in big cities like Chicago, but Cayman is slowly following suit, giving this design trend a Caribbean touch. Over the past decade, construction has shifted from traditional to contemporary, as poured concrete structures are replacing concrete blocks. “A classic example of this is a comparison of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, built around 2005, and the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, completed in 2016. The Ritz-Carlton has a more classic, traditional style of construction and interior design, whereas the Kimpton is contemporary and modern in both its exterior and interior designs,” explains Kim Lund, broker/owner at RE/MAX Cayman Islands.
Whilst newer builds are veering on the modern side, older homes are adopting a more industrial-chic style. Exposed pipes, bricks and non-plastered walls are now seen as design elements that make a space seem more inviting. Home Design Center of Florida is currently working on a high-end residential project on Grand Cayman that reflects this perfectly, enhancing a bunker-style structure’s bones, turning raw elements and imperfections like naked concrete and weathered wood into art.
Taking a cue from 1950s New York City when abandoned warehouses and factories were transformed into sleek urban lofts, the company’s kitchen-focused collection, Industrial Collection by ASTRA Le Cucine, is heavy on metal, wood finishes and grey tonalities with shades of beige and taupe. Distinctive qualities from brushed stainless steel to bronze accents “generate character and sophistication for your kitchen, making this area the centre and heart of your home, full of purpose, functionality and matchless style,” explains Suzette Edghill, owner of Home Design Center of Florida.
This movement towards simplicity and functionality also goes hand in hand with Cayman’s eco-conscious aesthetic, working with green and energy-efficient designs, materials and fixtures. “Designing in a way that will lower the carbon footprint is gaining traction with both exterior and interior designs, where more of these green features are being incorporated,” Lund says.
Trading for 2018
On the haute side, the four-bedroom Sea Breeze Penthouse follows the loft-inspired trend, but it’s done up with an island twist. Currently on the market for a cool $5.25 million, this oceanfront beauty on Seven Mile Beach spans the entire top floor. Enter via private lobby and elevator and head to the top, where you’ll catch 360-degree views of the water below, plus plenty of balcony and terrace space prime for sunbathing. Metal light fixtures and wall art add to the urban vibe, whilst touches of dark wood give it a more tropical feel.
The market, however, seems to be leaning away from Seven Mile Beach, since there’s a lack of new development under way. “As we look towards 2018 with respect to the real estate market, we will continue to see very little inventory along Seven Mile Beach,” says James Bovell, broker/co-owner at RE/MAX Cayman Islands.
For those interested in a place by the water (plunge pool included), The Residences of Stone Island are a great option. Located on a private peninsula just a short stroll from Seven Mile Beach, this gated community features 44 luxe three-storey residences. Starting at $1.95 million, these 4,500-square-foot homes in the Yacht Club neighbourhood are the definition of contemporary chic, with vaulted master bedroom ceilings, sleek interiors, built-in outdoor barbecues and some of the best waterfront views right from your balcony
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Author: Lane Nieset