Hurricane Ivan damaged half of all homes in Grand Cayman in 2004, destroying many heritage buildings. Recent architecture on the island is largely uninspiring, but Londoners Lisa and Vidal Brewer have taken their experience from remodelling period homes in Camden and Westminster to build Grand Cayman’s most striking contemporary home.
Camden House at Rum Point is an ocean front property designed by UK-based architect Nicholas Tye. The strong architecture includes glass walls, a cantilevered steel staircase and a roof terrace made for parties.
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“Building this house has been unbelievably difficult,” admits Lisa. “We had terrible arguments with Nick, but he pushed us to be purists and I am glad he did. Finding contemporary products even in the US is challenging. For example, all the light fittings came from Ambiente Direct in Germany.”
The couple, with six-year-old daughter Emily, arrived in Grand Cayman four years ago and own a property development company. “We live an easy, happy, outdoor life here,” says Lisa. “It’s relaxed, it’s safe and everything works.”
They also own a large four-bedroom detached house on the beach at Rum Point, which they rent out from £420 a night. “It’s ranch style, which we painted white and furnished with modern pieces,” says Lisa. “It rents very well, even in low season because people are mad for modern.”