There's a reason cement tiles have been used for centuries, Khoury-Vogt says. "They work inside and out, with their intricate geometric and floral patterns traditionally laid as carpets in living rooms and outdoor loggias." The firms favorite is Aguayo Tile, shown here on the Alys Beach Caliza Pool. Aguayo Tile, 809.533.3161; www.aguayo.com.do.
Khoury & Vogt Architects
Marianne Khoury-Vogt, AIA, and Erik Vogt, AIA
Alys Beach, Fla.