Cat Cay Residence – Out of the Blue


The client-given name of the house, “Out of the Blue,” was inspired by the many shades of the vibrant blue sea which is a hallmark of Cat Cay. The palette was inspired by nature and a desire to connect to the beauty located all around the island. The relaxing white and pastel blues of the walls contrast the vivid colors of the tropical seas and gardens outdoors.

The house includes Bahamian shutters, porches, breezeways, native keystone, and volume ceilings with wood cladding, all elements with deep roots in Bahamian tradition. The modern feel of the house is best highlighted by the openness of the Great Room, the immediacy of the connection to the dramatic reflecting pool outdoors, and the simple concrete decks perched above the rocks and beach below. Sliding doors in the main space retract to allow for 20 feet of gorgeous, uninterrupted ocean views.

The Bahamian roots of the house also provide several important resiliency features. Cross ventilation makes public spaces well-ventilated and AC optional during much of the year. Elevated decks capture the breezes and shady porches block the sun.

The materials are easily maintainable despite the harsh marine environment, leaving relaxation to be the top priority in this residence. This is a tropical beach house designed to be enjoyed with family and friends.