Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim designed this Bahamas home that blends perfectly into its surroundings. Everything about it is natural, from the reclaimed ipe wood to the kitchen hidden by recycled cedar doors brushed with milk paint, and even the locally made palapa hut with a palm frond-roof outside. “You don’t see outlets, air-conditioners or, hardly, the light fixtures themselves,” Mr. Oppenheim told the New York Times.
Less discreet is the majestic stairway reminiscent of a Mayan temple, which leads up to an open breezeway. “The sun rises over the ocean, goes over the house and sets through the trees,” mused the architect. In fact, he loved the beach so much, he offered to build the house himself when his clients, a couple from San Francisco, bought then showed him the property—granted they could split it as a timeshare.