Access to the house is provided in two places. A stair leading from the beach lands on a deck that spans the width of the house (and has become a prime party location). The west side of the house abuts a pedestrian pathway. A separate switchback stair provides access to the side entrance, which slides between volumes corresponding to the living room and an indoor–outdoor bath/shower. Because it is accessible from outside, that sky-lit bathroom it provides a place to rinse off and deposit bathing suits and towels before entering the house.
These two entrances flank the living room volume, which is defined by a raised cedar-clad ceiling; nine-foot tall, south-facing sliding glass doors; and a diagonally pitched roof. Across from the dining area, the kitchen abuts the stair to the second floor in an L-shaped alcove. The clients wanted separate zones for adult and children to live and entertain in. That was accomplished by locating the master suite on the main floor so that the children can have the second floor to themselves.
On the east side, the master bedroom has wraparound windows looking east toward undeveloped beach frontage. A bathroom and walk-in closet buffer the bedroom from a parking lot to the north. A level change allows part of the deck to connect directly to the master suite.
Upstairs, three small bedrooms feel expansive thanks to their corner views. A rec room opens onto a covered deck. The fiberglass-wrapped roof culminates in a large ‘surfboard-like’ overhang that protects the first floor from solar heat gain. White cedar cladding wraps the building and roof overhangs and encases the sides of the deck, helping the house fit in despite its newness.
- Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
- National Design Award, 2018
- AIABQDA Award, 2018