This Is What A Vacation Home Should Look Like

Island hues and livable luxury.

An original 1960s conch house with roughly 2,600 square feet, this property gave the Edwardses a chance to craft their dream vacation home. “We have four very active children,” says Megan. “We wanted a comfortable space for our family and friends to enjoy—and maybe one day for grandkids, too.”

Key West vacation home patio
Photography by Erik Kvalsvik

Megan teamed up with residential architect Kevin Asbacher of Asbacher Architecture, along with Curry Dixon Construction, to bring the dream to life. “The Edwardses wanted a larger, more open home with a second story that allowed for views of the ocean,” says Asbacher. Pairing contemporary needs with classical traditions, he reworked the original footprint to create an open space for living, dining, and cooking, and also added an expansive roof deck. “The primary living spaces all group together in the center of the house to allow for light and breezes from both sides,” says Asbacher. “The second floor organizes the bedrooms around an extensive ocean-facing terrace, giving the rooms expansive views.”

Key West vacation home bunk room
Photography by Erik Kvalsvik
Key West vacation home mudroom with accent wallpaper
Photography by Erik Kvalsvik

Construction in the Keys comes with unique challenges, including tight property lines and ground made of solid shell. “Digging for even the most basic foundation is an ordeal,” says Asbacher. But the experienced team stayed the course and turned around the extensive remodel—which bordered on new construction—in 16 months.

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