We love a little tongue-in-cheek at Peachy, so we were delighted to learn the name of this contemporary Caribbean home owned by a medical practitioner and his family: “Villa Rehab.”
Rest and relaxation are just what the doctor ordered for this 4,300-square-foot home, a collaboration between James Hamilton Architects and Formituri-Grace Bay. The contemporary villa is set in the Leeward Canals, just five minutes from Grace Bay on the island of Providenciales. The canals offer access to everything from fishing to water sports, plus instant serenity with world-class views.
According to Tom Greenfield, Director of James Hamilton Architects and Formituri-Grace Bay, Villa Rehab sits among some of the largest and most luxurious villas within the Turks and Caicos Islands. The property boasts four bedrooms, including a two-bedroom guest house, as well as a garage and an infinity pool.
The layout places the main living area in the center of the property with the bedroom wings spanning each side. The guest house is easily accessible from the main house, yet out of sight and nestled in the landscaping, which also provides privacy.
The waterfront home benefits from a predominant trade wind on the kitchen side of the property. The design allows the breeze to enter the kitchen through the skylight and then disperse at a high level at the other end of the great room.
The Villa’s distinctive trapezoidal approach to the roofline enables the breeze to flow across the entire space. “The roofline was pitched to largely face south for solar panel optimization. Also, the breeze is mostly from the south/east, so several hidden dormer windows were positioned to receive the free cooling effect of the wind. The offset roof pitch also really gives this building its personality,” says Greenfield.
Decorative lighting fixtures from Restoration Hardware and other vendors were used throughout the residence. The ceiling lights, from No. 8 Lighting, enable the homeowners to change the light temperature and direction of the light.
“Using natural materials is often a starting point for our designs. Not only is it better for recycling at the end of the building’s life, but there is next to no bad ‘off-gassing’ that you get from manmade materials. It doesn’t sound like much but actually can have a big impact on living quality,” says Greenfield. “Beautiful Jerusalem stone and wood were the two main finishing materials. Although the wood is American white oak, you still sense the Caribbean feel when inside the building. Native Turks and Caicos stone was chosen for its texture.”
ABOUT JAMES HAMILTON ARCHITECTS AND FORMITURI
James Hamilton Architects is a design-led architectural practice operating in Ireland, UK and Turks and Caicos. James Hamilton became a Chartered Architect and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006. During his education he gained a commendation for his MSc in Computation Design and Architecture. In 2004, he began work as an architect in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Tom Greenfield graduated from the Oxford School of Architecture and attained his chartership while working for London-based architectural firm HTA Design. He moved to the Turks and Caicos in 2016, bringing with him great experience in residential architecture and urban design; he considers sustainability to be at the heart
of all his design work.
Formituri-Grace Bay works with homeowners to select pieces from some of the finest product designers in the world. The firm’s architects and interior designers supply pieces that suit clients both today and in the future. Founded by James Hamilton and Tom Greenfield, Formituri handles design, ordering and delivery. As Greenfield explains, “Recognizing the demand for luxury furniture and lighting in this area, James Hamilton and I established Formituri to address the challenge of sourcing such items for our clients. In the past, our clients had to handle the shipping themselves from Miami. By establishing direct relationships with factories and manufacturers, we can offer competitive pricing, remove the hassle of importing to the islands and provide products that are well-suited to the climate.”