Dune Road Residence is a low-key, two-story oceanfront house that has been designed by Stelle Architects, situated in Bridgehampton, New York. From the architects, “The original house, slated for demolition, was built into the dune before current coastal construction standards requiring a much higher elevation. The goal was to keep the existing scale and dynamics of the site and design a residence that reflected the footprint and spirit of the original home. Materials for the new house include Alaskan cedar shingle panels interspersed with glass sections. The home has three levels: one for the owners, one for their guests, and one for living and dining. A simple glass and shingle pavilion overlooks a negative edge pool while a path from the garage leads through a natural seaside landscape along the pool and up to the house. Solar control is achieved though the use of overhangs in the southern exposures. Extra thick walls allow for superior insulation, and a geothermal system is employed for cooling.”
Photos: Francesca Giovanelli, Kay Wettstein von Westersheimb
Surfside Chic Nantucket is a beautiful family beach house retreat designed by BPC Architecture together with interior design firm Donna Elle Seaside Living in Nantucket, an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The colors of morning mist, foggy late afternoons and clear days adorn the interiors of this very hip, architecturally designed beach home still lending a presence of the old. A collaborative adventure with BPC Architecture and Cross Rip Builders, Rhett DuPont features visual and sensual forms. The textures, furnishings and lighting lend a style of casual elegance with a flair of femininity juxtaposed to the strong lines in the architectural field.
Front entry way featuring rough hewn timbers hand pickled with 8-10” reclaimed quarter sawn oak flooring hand rubbed white washed floors with a custom closet door out of driftwood.
Classic Kitchen with a twist of modernity! glass and marble mosaic tiled wall with slate counter tops and window sashes painted in marine blue for a pop of emphasis!
Feast your eyes for a wonderful tale of old fishing folk lore and whale etchings hand atop this custom bar, designed by Mary Emery, friend and artist of Donna Elle’s
Dining in this space underfoot with a silk rug from Stark on the infamous Louie ghost chairs on a weathered plank top table with shimmering lights and horizontal ship lap on walls with hand rubbed painted floor boards.
Master bath adorned in marble and mirror and glass for pure relaxation of all senses.
Guest Wing with bar, washer, dryer and 2 bedrooms with private baths.
Sea artifacts adorn this board and batten wall.
Custom designed bar of a ships hull featuring up lighting under frosted glass inset adjacent to old folk lore and sketches of whales on bar top.
Photos: Courtesy of Donna Elle Seaside Living
Daniel’s Lane Residence is a contemporary oceanfront property located on a narrow one acre lot in the Village of Sagaponack, on the Eastern Shore of Long Island, New York, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. The two-storey residence was designed for a father and his three children, inspired by the iconic architect Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House(1970) and Tod Williams’ Tarlo House (1979) and infused with the architect’s signature of designing property’s with quiet elegance, uniquely suited to each client. The home has a great flow that fuses the architecture with its interiors and the site. The lines between indoor and out are blurred, creating a welcoming and cozy environment for the homeowners. The design needed to have clean and contemporary lines and devoid of anything not pertinent to the design.
From the architects: Sited on a narrow, one-acre, oceanfront lot, the design of this house was one of the first projects in the Village of Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height allowance of 40’. All construction was required to be located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line. The location within a high velocity (VE) wind zone added to the planning and structural challenges.
Makoid wanted the structure to appear simple and clean upon arrival. The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off the ground. A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers.
A layer of service spaces run parallel to the wall plane creating a threshold prior to reaching the horizontal expanse of the open plan living room, dining area and kitchen that stretches along the ocean side of the house. Fifteen-foot wide floor to ceiling glass sliding panels maximize the ocean view and create easy access to the patio and pool beyond.
The second floor is imagined as a travertine and glass ‘drawer’ floating above the glass floor below. Three identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east, setting a rhythm that is punctuated by a master bedroom with balcony that projects from the wall plane. It is clad in the same afromosia wood as the stair landing.
The quiet elegance and clean lines of the house are accentuated by the materials that also include poured-in-place concrete floors, Calcutta marble cladding and afromosia millwork.
Photos: Marc Bryan-Brown
Compound in the Dunes is a stunning beach house located on a rolling site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in New England, Boston. Designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, this beach house brings together two contrasting ideas – nineteenth century Shingle Style design, and a contemporary preference for material and textural expression over architectural detail. While the exterior captures the local design aesthetic, the interior treats light, space and surface in a distinctly modern fashion.
Photos: Peter Aaron
Condomínio Baleia is a fabulous dwelling project completed in 2011 by Studio Arthur Casas, located on the Praia da Baleia in São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil. This wonderful home is part of a condominium of 43,056 square feet (4000 square meters), divided into four narrow lots, with average width of 161 square feet (15 meters). The best solution to take advantage of the room and the view of the sea was to create four equal houses, two decks and arranged misaligned, so as to enable the privacy of every one of them. The architecture is timeless and has an interesting volumetry, where open and closed spaces integrate forming swings and reentering angles. Thinking about the durability and practicality for summer houses, the facades were covered with brown ceramic filleted. Next to detail and wood, the result was a rustic touch to the modern design of the houses.
There was a great concern to integrate the buildings with the exuberant nature of the terrain, and the deployment has preserved as much as possible of native vegetation. In addition to the certified coating materials such as wood, stone and ceramics, green roofs have been used and cross-ventilation, eliminating the need of using air conditioning, even in warmer weather.
This balcony with high ceilings and cantilevered coverage is practically an extension of the beach.
In addition to bringing green into the environments, the inner courtyard has the function to distribute ventilation and natural lighting for indoor environments.
The strong point is the integration of spaces with the exterior, which was made possible through the huge sliding doors, which allow full opening of the room for an internal garden and recreation area, bringing into the house the beautiful sea views.
The interior design was also signed by the Studio Arthur Casas, and follows minimalist lines and timeless architecture.
This corridor connects environments of the second floor and is bounded by open wooden shutters which leave circular ventilation around the house.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Monarch Beach Residence is situated in Dana Point, California, on a sheer bluff overlooking Salt Creek Beach, a legendary surfing haven. The clients contacted architect Bob White of Forest Studio to design this dream home and M. Elle Design for the interior decoration. The home features jaw-dropping views and Mediterranean architecture, which the clients were drawn to through their travels from Dubrovnik to the clifftop village of Èze on the French Riviera. The exterior facade was inspired by the architect’s discovery of photos of a flat-roofed house in yet another Mediterranean locale: Ibiza. The result blends old-world rustic charm—a whitewash-and-stone exterior, wood beams, shutters—with California beach house cool.
The long and linear shape of the home embraces the coastline and the clients wanted the house to embrace its occupants and take on a calming atmosphere. The single story home is set just 12 feet from the cliff’s edge, feeling as if the home is floating on the sea’s waves. The decorators made the most of that sensation, using a palette of serene blues, greens, grays and creams. The floors are elegant French white oak and limestone, while the master bathroom features four color lots of marble set in a random pattern. The walls throughout the house are hand-troweled plaster. The landscaping reflects the interior’s palette, with olive trees, lavender, and succulents.
The design also took cue’s from the wife’s favorite “house movies”: The ebonized dining chairs are a nod to Meryl Streep’s in It’s Complicated, while a striped runner down the long central hall echoes Diane Keaton’s living room rug in Something’s Gotta Give.
The wife loves to cook for her large extended family, and the team warmed up the large kitchen with a buttery limestone wall and a ceiling covered in reclaimed barn wood. The island is topped with an enormous slab of Calacatta marble.
Bay House is a contemporary family home situated in Sag Harbor, New York, designed by Roger Ferris + Partners. This residence located on the Long Island coastline has been designed to capture and frame spectacular water views. The design also maximizes transparency between interior spaces and the link between interior and exterior. The design embraces sustainability with geothermal design, daylighting, solar shading strategies and xeriscape landscaping.
Photos: Arch Photo Inc
House at Narrowneck is situated in Auckland, Zealand, comprised of three dwelling units to house an elderly parent, young grandchildren and allow work from home. Designed by Mitchell and Stout Architects, the 5,597 square foot (520 square meters)residence is nestled on a site with an elevated beach side section on a busy road with great views over the harbor. The concrete walls of the house associate with the old concrete fortifications along the coastline. They are to be covered with creeper. Plastic roofs, like wings, give privacy and protection. The traditional verandah is now a roof terrace, hedged and roofed, to take in the views. A separate Studio is the folly – a diminutive house for guests and work.
Rainwater is collected off the roof via a large gutter into a tank for domestic use. Solar panels augment the heating of water. The materials of precast concrete, plywood, plastic and quarry tile are common vernacular fare in Auckland, but not usually put together like this.
Photos: Patrick Reynolds
The Tunquen Residence is a stunning private vacation home situated in Tunquen, Chile designed by Grupo 7 Architecture + Interiors. The architecture studio completed all aspects of the project, including the interiors, lighting design and construction administration. Nestled on a mountainside with views out towards the ocean, the home is surrounded by a rocky outcropping of desert vegetation and rugged landscape. The interiors is comprised of 2,000 square feet of living space with a minimalist design for easy upkeep for when the owner’s are out of town.
Founded by José Tohá and Jim Cronenberg in 2002. Grupo 7 is a full-service architecture and interior design studio. Our work strives for a fresh, modern approach that is attentive to spatial experience, materials, and lighting, while also tending to the realities of function, budget, and schedule. We have completed projects in the US and internationally, varying in scope from condominiums to residences to restaurants, lounges, and commercial interiors.
Photos: Courtesy of Grupo 7
Designing your home in a casual beach-chic style should be bright and airy, visually transporting you to the beach no matter where you live. Coastal interiors blur the line between indoors and out or remove it altogether. Casual coastal style incorporates beautiful accessories such as shells, coral, maritime instruments and coastal art, aiming for a clean and sophisticated ambiance. You don’t have to live near the ocean to achieve a coastal appearance in your home. By just infusing a few tips into practice, you will feel like you have the ocean at your doorstep. Casual beach-chic style is easy to achieve, you just have to remember to keep it simple and edit ruthlessly to get your beach themed haven.
Light could be the most important, yet most overlooked, element of beach style. That’s one reason white is the hallmark color of coastal interiors: It spreads and amplifies light rather than soaking it up. Plentiful windows, glass doors and skylights allow sunshine to flood in, so if your home is skimping on these elements, consider adding them. If that’s not an option, at the very least fake it with lamps and sconces.
A beach house is a natural draw for weekend guests, and it’s inevitable that everyone ends up in the kitchen. Keep yours open with easy-access open shelves and glass-front cabinets, and include an ample island.
While coastal interiors aren’t known for shine and shimmer, a few carefully chosen accents can help to diffuse light even further. Consider a mirror mounted opposite a window or a glass-topped table in a sunny breakfast nook. Just be sure not to bring in so many high-gloss notes that you lose the cozy ambiance.
Bring in varying shades of a single color, like the example above. Or add hints of classic nautical hues — navy and white. The key is to stay consistent; too many color schemes in different rooms add up to too many personalities for a single house.
For upholstered furnishings, consider outdoor fabrics, which come in designs and colors that look as spot on in a living room as in a screened porch.
Style Secret: Collect Beachy Treasures
What did you bring home from your last trip to the shore? Odds are, you filled your tote bag with shells, beach rocks, sea glass, bottles, maybe an old ship’s cleat or two. Take inspiration from these finds in choosing small accents. The key word is restraint. One or two starfish on a shelf look striking and sculptural; baskets and vases full of them can be overkill.
A grouping of shell prints like this one is a wonderful touch to a beach theme. Shadowboxes with pieces of coral or starfish are also a nice way to get the look and feel of the ocean.
Style Secret: Casual Furniture
Coastal furniture should give the impression that it can stand up to salty air and sandy feet, even if you actually live on a suburban street in Dallas. Slipcovers, sturdy wood tables and case goods, wicker and even thick glass fit the bill.
Create a soothing, spalike feel with neutrals and a hint of blue. Add bamboo shades and a few pieces of well-placed coral and shells, and you have a room that feels like a real beach getaway.
Style Secret: Incorporate Natural Fibers into your scheme
Organic materials such as sea grass, straw and jute, in the guise of rugs, furnishings and accessories, bring a natural warmth and texture to coastal interiors. A few touches of rope — nautical balls, cabinet and drawer pulls, even stairway spindles — add lighthearted appeal yet stay true to the theme.
Style Secret: Crisp, Clean Fabrics
In coastal interiors, fabrics are simple, unassuming and put-your-feet-up comfy. Think linen slipcovers, cotton rugs, and muslin curtain panels or floaty sheers that billow in the breeze. You can’t go wrong with pure white, but washed-out pastels or tailored stripes fit with the look as well.
Style Secret: Add Light, Weathered Woods
While exotic hardwoods may jibe with tropical interiors, American coastal style dictates a lighter touch. Picture driftwood: worn smooth and bleached out, with a salt-kissed patina. That’s the look you’re after. Whitewashed or pickled woods, blond maple and ash, or bamboo — on flooring as well as furniture. Painted planks and beadboard are coastal classics as well.
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