The owner of this property originally purchased the site because of its pond-side setting and the views it afforded of the ocean beyond. With the beach within walking distance and large expanses of flat ground to run around on, it was perfect for an active family with small kids. The only missing element was a house that responded to their needs, which the current one did not.
The primary goal was to create a building that embraced the light and access to the outdoors while shielding views from surrounding houses. A courtyard approach was devised, allowing parts of the building to reflect either towards the water, garden, or itself. Transparency is introduced in the east/west main axis of the house, allowing for light throughout the day to filter through. A series of sliding landscape walls at the entry allow for meandering approach, collection a series of gardens on the east side. The west opens up to terrace, pool, and pond beyond.
With an owner dedicated to low maintenance and durability, the exterior finishes range from cement board panels, to plaster with a sand layer, to wood. Accents of black metal are found on fascia boards and the aluminum door and window systems. Wood screens are introduced to further add solar control/privacy, and texture where needed. The palette continues on the interior with concrete floors on the main level, and a wood ceiling, bringing in the language of the exterior overhangs.
While the house is meant to accommodate the family and a rotation of visiting guests, the room that gets used the most is undeniably the outdoor screened in porch. This room contains a full outdoor cooking set up, dining for many, lounging by the fireplace and the stair up to a sunset viewing deck above.