An island-style house with modern twists
marks the home of the Farjallah family, who live at The Plantation, a
boutique residential community in South Sound.
Carlos, along with his
wife Dianne, and their two young children, Sebastian and Benjamin,
moved into the 2,750 square foot property in July 2014.
As one of the
Phase 2 developers of The Plantation, building a home that also happens
to be his personal abode, has been a rewarding yet challenging
experience for Carlos.
After a few delays during the construction
phase, namely with a shipment of windows from Germany as well as the
contracted air conditioning company going out of business before the job
was finished, the end result made it all worth it.
three bedroom-plus-den home’s traditional exterior is reminiscent of
the centuries-old wattle-and-daub style so prevalent in Cayman, with its
characteristic front porch and white-picket railings. The interior,
however, is modern with clean lines and contemporary features.
open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas are filled with an abundance
of natural light thanks to many windows, while an oversized fan hangs
below an 11-foot ceiling that leads to a gabled roof, creating a “wow”
factor as soon as you step through the entrance.
The airy, open space
is further enhanced by a tiled feature wall and a staircase sided by
glass that leads up to the second floor.
A guest bedroom, bathroom,
laundry room and den are also located on the main floor, while upstairs
consists of a master bedroom with walk-in closet leading to a spa
bathroom, and the children’s room, which has an en suite bathroom.
Touch of glamour
refers to the interior’s style as “contemporary beach chic with a touch
of glamour” and reveals that Dianne furnished the home without the help
of an interior designer.
Marked by whitewashed tones and gray
accents, the living area’s distressed furniture creates an eclectic mix
that gives a warm and welcoming vibe.
Most of the furniture is from the U.S.-based stores Restoration Hardware and Z Gallerie, with a few pieces from Pottery Barn.
open-concept living area is especially great for family time, as it
flows effortlessly into the back patio and barbecue area to create one
big space. It is one of Carlos’s favorite rooms in the house.
“Everyone can be together whatever they’re doing, whether it’s cooking, eating, hanging out, playing, or watching TV,” he says.
fixtures and finishes are high-end and modern, and the home is also
wired throughout with “smart” technology, yet the home’s traditional
feel remains intact.
For example, the addition of window sills and
full wooden casings keeps in line with the plantation-style homes so
common in the Caribbean, and the white kitchen cabinets contain
horizontal lines which tie in with the exterior siding of the house.
expansive kitchen includes top-of-the-line Kitchenaid appliances, as
well as a walk-in pantry. The Italian-crafted cabinets by Cucine Lube
contain stainless steel drawers, while the countertops are made of
The kitchen island is fitted with two polished
nickel pendants hanging overhead, creating a modern, industrial-looking
silhouette; and the rustic harvest table paired with an oblong-shaped
crystal chandelier connects the kitchen and living area together to form
the heart of the home.
The den, which is situated in the back-right
corner of the house, is uniquely placed on a 45-degree angle with open
access to the main dining and living area via double glass doors, which
allows for even more natural light.
The multi-functional home is filled with a comfy sectional, built-in shelving unit and desk and white oak flooring.
is great for children and for entertaining as it creates two separate
areas which can be closed off or opened up together depending on the
need,” says Carlos. “It can go from family room to kids play room to
home office to movie room – even to night club.
“During the day it is
very bright and at night it turns into a really cozy space to either
curl up and watch a movie or listen to music as it has a great home
theater and sound system. It can also be used as a kids TV room while
the adults are in the main living room, or open up to make one big area
when entertaining as it opens up to the back patio.”
architect Darrell Ebanks of Tropical Architecture Group (TAG), the
original architect of The Plantation, to re-design the initial floor
plan, which was slightly different from the near-identical homes in
The large master bedroom opens up to a
Juliet balcony via French doors, and includes a substantial walk-in
closet and a luxurious spa bathroom.
An ultra-modern, freestanding
Duravit tub and spacious double rain shower with a built-in bench are
the bathroom’s focal points; his-and-her vanities and high-end Hansgrohe
faucets complete the elegant look.
All three bathrooms in the home
are fitted with crystal-white marble flooring and countertops for a
crisp, bright look, with different combinations of brick and mosaic cuts
to create each bathroom’s own character.
Built with the finest
materials, the Farjallah family home seamlessly combines modern, deluxe
features with the relaxed vibe of island living: simply put, the best of
- LIV Development (developer)
- Elite (Caesarstone quartz and marble countertops in kitchen and bathrooms)
- A. L. Thompson’s (KitchenAid appliances)
- URC Total Control (media system)
- Dave Lillico (Lutron lighting control)
- Brandsource (closets)
- Paint Pros (paint)
- Paul’s Metal Roofing (roof)
- G.E. Electrical (electrics)
- Home Gas Ltd. (gas)
- The Security Centre
- (alarm system)
- Kennedy Gallery (artwork)