Inside Celebrity Homes: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Bahamas Home – After more than 20 years together, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw don’t quite finish each other’s sentences. Instead, the two long-married country-music stars have developed a manner of speaking that can only be described as down-right harmonious, with each supplying an instrumental part of the whole.
Consider, for example, the way they talk about the first time they saw the future site of their beloved Bahamas home. “There was just a little shack,” McGraw recalls, “that someone——”
“They were friends of the owner,” Hill interjects. “——had sort of floated up onto the beach.”
“It was a great little place.” “A great little place,” he agrees, “and it was the only thing there. When we decided to buy, they just floated the shack away. . . .”
Needless to say, the couple’s own settling-in process was a bit more involved. Hill and McGraw first purchased the private 20-acre island they call “L’île d’Anges” back in 2003; they didn’t move into the house—actually a collection of eight distinct “pavilions,” connected by thatch-roofed loggias—until 2012. “We were a little bit naive, possibly,” Hill admits, “as to what——” “——what the undertaking really meant,” McGraw concludes.
“We set out to build a house. We had no idea we had to build everything else.” She laughs. “We basically had to build a little town.” “You’ve got to have staff houses,” he says, meaning shelter for the original construction workers as well as the current caretakers. “You’ve got to have infrastructure.” “You’ve got to have water.” “Water. Electricity. You don’t quite put all that together at first.”
For help, they turned to McAlpine, an architecture–and–interior design firm that had previously worked on their homes in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. According to architect Bobby McAlpine, who designed the compound with his partner Greg Tankersley, the main question—aside from the very practical ones suggested above, of course—was “What does paradise look like for a couple of creative people like them?” In its raw state, the island “was already otherworldly, with this clear water and white, white sand. I thought, In paradise, you live in ways you can’t live in civilization. So every room is a separate building,” he says, linked by open-air passageways. “You can bathe outdoors or climb a tower and feel that you’re being lifted up into the air. All these sort of romantic ideas, we got a shot at doing here, and we took them.”
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