A spectacular but compact waterfront site with significant building restrictions established the parameters for this project. The house built on two levels above the ground was a response to this and the owner’s detailed brief on how the owner and his family live. The first floor is open on three sides to capture views and light for the common areas. The second floor provides five family and guest bedrooms with decks on two sides.
Low maintenance materials chosen for tolerance of the harsh exposure include cement panel rain screen siding, glass and metal doors and windows, and vertical grain cedar; all carefully detailed. Sustainability was addressed through the use of energy modeling, a substantial solar panel array, hybrid insulation package, high performance glass, LED lighting and carefully sourced finish materials.