This waterfront home on
an unusually narrow site takes advantage of spectacular views while preserving
privacy from adjacent properties. The loft-like interior spaces open to glass curtain
walls at each end. Screened side walls provide visual separation from
The design responds to
strict site land coverage and setback requirements,
as well as FEMA guidelines regulating first floor elevation and setbacks from
the shoreline. Side yard zoning rules limit the building width to less than
twenty-eight feet. The angled entry wall creates, within these constraints, an opportunity
to capture sunlight, orient views, and provide formal interest.
The house is clad in
stained cypress. Its glazed volumes feature the living room and master bedroom on
one end and the kitchen and guest bedroom on the other. The low rectangular
mid-section, clad in contrasting dark cypress, contains the entry hall, staircase,
bathrooms, and support spaces. The glazed end rooms offer framed views to the
water to the south and inland down the street to the north. The windows integrate
retractable shades for sun control or privacy. The bedrooms have cypress
louvers for these purposes.
The angled north
elevation leads to the front door at the midpoint of the house. This angled
wall also orients the kitchen and breakfast room to the morning sun and
captures a view down the street and across an adjacent property. The water view
one sees entering the house is framed with a perspective defined by the angled stair.
The open first floor plan provides interior spaces with loft-like proportions,
increasing the scale of the major interior spaces.
The interior finishes
continue the loft aesthetic, with kitchen cabinets of natural white oak and
ribbed glass doors. Counters and back splashes are granite. Floors are white
oak throughout. Interior illumination includes indirect uplights and recessed