2020 Outdoor Planning Guide: Project Elements

Ryan Hughes Design Build creates the ideal lounging experience with a contemporary pool and spa, elegant fire lounge and waterfront dining patio.

authors Kyle Clapham | April 17, 2020

Ryan Hughes Design Build


Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Designer: Ryan Hughes
Landscape architect: Jeff Sock
Square footage: 4,000

With a great view of the skyway connecting the island to St. Petersburg, the outdoor living space sought to project simplicity by day and drama by night. The design packs generous amenities and experiences into an economy of waterfront area.


Glistening waters surround an outdoor retreat highlighted by an infinity pool and spa as well as a waterfall element.

The new space delivers a seamless view linking its water features to the glass-like waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

A custom-design, sunken 12- by 14-foot fire lounge appears to float within the tile-encircled 19- by 38-foot pool.

A swim-up bar with granite countertop and all-weather wicker bar seating allows guests to gather both inside and outside the pool.

Under the stars, the elegant outdoor living area offers a dramatic wow factor. LED lighting adds interest to the water and plantings.

Photos: Jimi Smith Photography

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