This coastal contemporary shingle style residence replaces an existing house that has been in our client’s family for many years. Although emotional attachments existed there were too many issues to make it worth saving. Its removal opened the door to many exciting opportunities that would not have been achievable had the original structure been kept.
Siting of the new house was very important. We oriented the house to capture specific view angles. The core portion of the house containing the Main Entrance, Kitchen, Great Room and Master Suite are oriented South East to maximize the desired view angles and solar gain. The Garage, Mudroom and Guest Suite are angled to the southwest. The merging of the two angles creates a welcoming embrace to all who approach the property. It sets the tone for guests when arriving.
Upon arrival guests are drawn toward a graceful covered entry porch highlighted with a curved opening in the façade. The aesthetic shingle style imagery of the house from the drive court is subtle. We purposefully created three separate focal points with the core portion and main entrance being centered. This strategy enabled us to break down the overall scale of the house into manageable elements. We did not want the house to appear to be too large. To reinforce our strategy we used different shingle textures and materials. The shingled wave pattern is used in the upper gables of the house to build upon the visual interest and tie elements together. Natural stone is introduced at the base of the house to reinforce its relationship to the ground.
Once guests enter the house from the covered entry porch they are immediately greeted with a dramatic thru view to the ocean. Within steps of arrival guests enter straight into the Great Room or Kitchen. The location and functionality of the Kitchen was very important in the design of the house. The Kitchen anchors the Great Room, is visually open, and at the same time enjoys the fantastic views of the ocean. The Great Room is comprised of two distinct zones. Together with Kitchen all enjoy the dramatic view. We also created an exciting covered porch which is accessed directly from the Great Room. From the porch all can relax and enjoy views in multiple directions. Just behind the Kitchen we positioned the Pantry and next to that a spiral stair which leads to the Siting Loft above. From the Sitting Loft one can look down into the Great Room and directly across to the ocean view beyond.
Back on the main level adjacent to the spiral stair is where we located the main circulation staircase. This stair leads one half level down to the Mud Hall, Garage, and Guest Suite located above the Garage. The Guest Suite is comprised of a Sitting space, Bed Room and a full Bath. Guests can enjoy this space while feeling separated from the rest of the house. It is very private.
The Master Suite anchors the southeast portion of the main floor. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and is oriented directly toward the view. The lower level contains an office, art studio with a curved wall of glass and support spaces.
The house is welcoming and comfortable reflecting the personalities of our clients.
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