Japanese saunas, Brazilian beach resorts, and European mountain getaways were all sources of design inspiration given to us from the client at our initial design consultation. We were also tasked to compliment and reinforce the forms and colors of the existing house and landscape. The clients’ existing residence, located in Sandy Springs, GA and situated down the hill but clearly within view of the cabana area, is a contemporary house with a brown metal roof, numerous wood accents, and a central design aesthetic of clean, horizontal lines. Steel accents, bright accents colors, and rectilinear forms are prevalent throughout the existing landscape and pool area.
The challenge of marrying the numerous inspirations the clients had found traveling the globe while still tying the cabana’s design into the existing residence and landscape was a steep one, but our design team was up to the task.
We arrived at a final cabana design that is an L-shaped, open-air structure with wooden slat walls, steel posts, and overlapping metal roof panels covering the space. The smaller section of the “L” houses an outdoor living room with space for a couch and chairs, hanging day bed, and a linear fire table. A bathroom anchors the corner of the space and acts as a vertical element in an otherwise horizontal oriented design.
The kitchen, bar, and dining space occupy the long section of the “L”. Our design team worked to infuse the space with the warm hues of Japanese saunas, playful bar, and lighting materials reminiscent of Brazilian beach huts, and the clean, linear forms of Europe’s modern ski chalets into a cohesive finished product.
Efforts to match the existing Sandy Springs residence include matching the house’s roof material and color, using steel posts to continue that material’s use in the landscape, and constructing the walls out of horizontal slats to maintain the aesthetic of horizontal planes found throughout the space.