Cookie and Bruce Creger were pretty open-minded about the bright, airy home they built in Boca Grande. True, going into the project they knew that they would like a colonial West Indies–style house. And they definitely wanted a deep veranda and a screened porch on the back. Then their design team took the framework of the house and expanded it, designing a home that extends into the outdoors in every direction and off virtually every room.
That’s an interesting development considering two of the team members—interior designer Susan Kroeger and kitchen designer Mick De Giulio—hail from the Cregers’ hometown of Chicago, a city not known for year-round outdoor living. But, by pooling their talents with Naples, Florida, architect A. Jeffrey Harrell, they embraced the best of what Florida living has to offer: 12 months of warm weather that encourages the use of an outdoor kitchen and dining room, cabana bar, outdoor living room, widow’s walk with outdoor bar, 12-foot-deep front porch, screened rear porch, and swimming pool. "We do this with pretty much every house we design," says Harrell. "People want to live outside here, especially in the winter."