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“They pur­chased it, opened it into the ca­bana prop­erty and re­al­lo­cated some of the guest bed­room space in 310 to 300, re­liev­ing the ca­bana of ex­tra bulk. We edited the ex­te­rior of 300 so it would re­cede into the back­ground of the pool gar­den,” Fer­gu­son ex­plained.

The added guest­house, along with guest rooms in the other two build­ings, eas­ily ac­com­mo­date vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing the cou­ple’s son and daugh­ter, as well as five grand­chil­dren.

“The com­pound — or what­ever you want to call it — is per­fect for us two. But when ev­ery­one is here, ev­ery­one has his pri­vacy,” Peter said. “Even though (the main house is) a small home, you get a lot of space.”

The es­tate also com­ple­ments the Mays’ other homes — a coun­try French-style va­ca­tion house in Beaver Creek, Colo., a Colo­nial-style res­i­dence in Bridge­wa­ter, Conn., and their New York City apart­ment.

In all, the main house has 4,900 square feet, the pool ca­bana has 4,200 square feet and the ren­o­vated house on Dun­bar road has 4,100 square feet.

But com­bin­ing all three houses into a uni­fied com­pound wasn’t quite as ef­fort­less as it might ap­pear to­day. Com­pli­cat­ing things was a neigh­bor’s long drive­way that bi­sects the main house from the pool pav­il­ion prop­erty. And that means that to get to the pool, one has exit the lake­front prop­erty, walk along the side­walk, pass the neigh­bor’s drive­way and en­ter the pool prop­erty through its own gate.

“The sim­ple ges­ture of a low wall, a flower bed and a uni­form paint color,” Fer­gu­son said, visu­ally links the three prop­er­ties.

An in­door-out­door house

Glass doors from the main res­i­dence’s court­yard open onto the kitchen and break­fast room on the north and a hall­way that ac­cesses the master suite’s bed­room and bath­rooms on the south. The court­yard also is cen­tral to the liv­ing room, which faces the lawn, the Lake Trail and the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way beyond. On one side of the liv­ing room is the lake­front master bed­room and on the other, the sun­room with a din­ing area.

“The sep­a­ra­tion be­tween in­side and out­side is al­most non-ex­is­tent when the fold­ing doors are open,” Fer­gu­son said. “The court­yard is a source of light, air and space, which ex­pands the feel­ing of the house beyond its ac­tual size.”

With an out­door fire­place and bar­be­cue grill, the court­yard is also the home’s main din­ing area. “I call that my ‘Re­nato’s court­yard,’” Peter May said, ref­er­enc­ing the pop­u­lar restau­rant known for its al­fresco seat­ing in Via Mizner off Worth Av­enue.

The house also has an un­usual garage, which doesn’t act like a garage at all. Town codes re­quired the free­stand­ing house to have a garage, even though the Mays park their cars in the one next door.

Fer­gu­son fit­ted the garage open­ing with a bank of fold­ing French doors, so that it could ac­com­mo­date cars if nec­es­sary. But Wil­liams de­signed the space as a me­dia room, with a rug, com­fort­able seat­ing and a screen that drops down from the ceil­ing.

At the pool pav­il­ion next door, an ex­pan­sive liv­ing area faces the pool, which stretches nearly to Dun­bar Road. A per­gola is at­tached to the pav­il­ion to pro­vide shade for the

Photo by Darrell Hofheinz / Daily News

Peter and Leni May bought this 1960 Palm Beach Re­gency-style house at 300 Dun­bar Road at the cor­ner of Bradley Place, and re­mod­eled it as part of their com­pound. The es­tate oc­cu­pies the south side of Dun­bar Road be­tween Bradley Place and the lake.

Photo by Lisa Romerein, cour­tesy Fer­gu­son & Shamamian

The pool pav­il­ion is fronted by a per­gola that shel­ters its pa­tio. The pa­tio’s stone deck­ing was con­tin­ued into the pav­il­ion to unify the spa­ces.

Photo by Lisa Romerein, cour­tesy Fer­gu­son & Shamamian

A path­way leads from the side­walk gate into the sep­a­rate prop­erty just east of the main house.


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