Home Tour: Luxury Outdoor Living in St. Petersburg, FL

Contributor: Ryan Hughes Design Build

Year Built: 2019
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Home Style: Contemporary
Square Footage: 4,000 sq. ft. of outdoor living area
Builder: Ryan Hughes Design Build
Designer: Ryan Hughes

sleek outdoor furniture

The view from this luxury outdoor retreat. Photo credit: Jimi Smith Photography

Tell us about this project.

With a majestic view of the skyway connecting the island it calls home to the city of St. Petersburg, this outdoor retreat offers sophisticated simplicity by day and modern drama by night. Entitled “Skyway,” the award-winning exterior design project packs generous amenities and experiences into an economy of waterfront space.

cozy dining patio

The cozy and secluded dining patio. Photo credit: Jimi Smith Photography

What were your design inspirations for the outdoor space?

We wanted to create an outdoor retreat accomplished in a limited amount of space but offering extensive elegance and wow.

Sunken fire pit and pool

The sunken fire pit with a waterfront view. Photo credit: Jimi Smith Photography

What makes this outdoor space special compared to other projects you’ve worked on?

The ability to offer multiple outdoor living experiences within a limited amount of space made this project very special. There’s a contemporary spa and pool, a sunken fire lounge, a waterfront dining patio, a swim-up bar, and an infinity pool — and each feature was accomplished with superior craftsmanship.

Sunken fire pit waterfront

The secluded and inviting sunken fire pit. Photo credit: Jimi Smith Photography

What advice do you have for homeowners inspired by this outdoor space you’ve created?

There is no limit to creativity that can be incorporated into an outdoor living space!

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