pooled re­source

Key West, meet Mid­west. In cen­tral Illi­nois, life­long friends team up to cre­ate an is­land-in­spired back­yard re­treat.

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AULA HUDACHKO RE­MEM­BERS the swel­ter­ing Au­gust day her pool house was born. Six cou­ples—close friends since their wed­ding days, and now en­joy­ing life as grand­par­ents—had gath­ered by her East Peo­ria, Illi­nois, pool to cel­e­brate sum­mer birth­days. As the sun baked down, con­ver­sa­tion shifted to the heat. “My pa­tio looked like a tent city, cov­ered with um­brel­las,” Paula says. Some­one floated the no­tion of a pool house, and the idea hung in the air, shim­mer­ing like a mi­rage.

Lofty plans be­came con­crete when one of the gang, re­tired car­pen­ter Bruce Wilson, vol­un­teered to man­age and de­sign the project. “We love the Keys and were drawn to that ca­sual, is­land feel,” Paula says. She en­vi­sioned a blue, turquoise and white color pal­ette, with tex­tu­ral and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails com­monly seen in color­ful, laid-back Key West. With in­put from her friends, she and her hus­band, Brad Mayeur, penned a wish list: a cov­ered three-sea­son liv­ing area with fire­place, a bath­room-shower combo and an out­door kitchen. All for $25,000.

lo­cal har­vest walled in

blue steel all-in­clu­sive rain or shine

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