Designed as a retirement home on a coastal property this new shingle style residence replaces an existing structure that was inferior and in disrepair. Shoreland zoning requirements and a confining buildable envelope limited what could be done. Our approach was to maximize the sites potential by locating all of the focal point living spaces across the width of the property facing the ocean view on the first floor. To provide future handicapped access for the second floor bedrooms we included a residential elevator. The master suite along with two en-suite bedrooms enjoy direct ocean views. The master suite also has a covered porch to relax and enjoy the view. A third en-suite bedroom is oriented with views toward the drive court but also can see the ocean off to the side. A sizeable full laundry supports all of the bedrooms on the second floor.
The living, dining and kitchen spaces are open visually to each other which enhances their spatial proportions. The living room is anchored by a large stone fireplace while the focal point of the kitchen is a 4' X 10' center island. The kitchen is also supported by a large pantry which includes a wall oven, sink and second refrigerator. Adjacent to the kitchen is a mudroom which is directly accessed from the water and driveway sides. The mudroom has multiple storage options including separate closets, open cubbies, and custom cabinets. A home office space is located adjacent to the entry hall. Aesthetically the house is clad in natural white cedar shingles of varying textures. Natural stone is used on the exposed chimney which anchors the house to the property. Subtle exterior details are introduced to create visual appeal and soften its overall appearance.
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