Williams Residence is a dream vacation home for a Houston couple designed by Geoff Chick & Associates in WaterColor, Florida. The three-story house faces a neighborhood park and backs up to the Point Washington State Forest, a huge natural preserve. The homeowner who had collected two decades of notes and magazine clippings interior designed the space herself, with simple and clean design of blues, greens and beiges that seems to be collected right from the beach. The home is comprised of 4,731 square feet of living space, with four beds plus a bunk area, four-and-a-half bathrooms and a spacious apartment above the garage with a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The awe-inspiring exterior has a signature galvanized roof and HardiePlank lap siding with red cedar shingles, all painted a custom soft blue color made to harmonize with all the materials. Gas lanterns, transom windows, exposed rafters on the top tower structure and a detailed railing with a recurring X pattern punctuate Watercolor’s architectural style. With the intense Florida sunshine, the extended eaves help cut down on solar gain in the tower, and since hurricane winds pose a threat to ripping the roof off, a beam and a corbel detail were added.
This landing area connects the main house to the garage apartment. With a Dutch door, a farmhouse sink, antique wood furniture and a color palette of red, black and white, the style is a mild departure from the rest of the house.
This view is from the third floor — which has a home theater and an office space — looking down on the second, which has a bunk room, a master suite and two guest rooms.
Denise Williams has a massive collection of beach sand from all over the world. The antique nautical map wallpaper in the back of the niche is used to display portions of her collection.
The second-floor bunk room is meant to accommodate future grandkids. The bunks were custom made. The green door is a hundred years old and from Romania.
Note the starry night motif in the bunk room with the dark blue ceiling and custom chandeliers.
A sliding, distressed door on the third floor closes the house off to the fourth-floor tower to prevent heat loss.
Photos: Jack Gardner
This bright and colorful beachfront property is situated in Vero Beach, Florida, designed by John David Edison Interior Design. This stunning 7,200 square foot vacation retreat was built for a couple from Toronto, Canada, located on the waterfront near John’s Island. The interior derives from the home’s strong architectural elements and sports a vibrant blend of colors – fuchsias, turquoises, and kiwis to reflect the bright, natural beauty of that part of the state.
Photos: Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography
Peka Peka Beach House is a holiday home built by Parsonson Architects as an exploration in how to create a building of both a strong architectural character and economy situated on Pekapeka Beach, New Zealand. The architects used simple modular construction techniques combined with a very simple form. The 1,679 square foot (156 square meters) plan is a rectangle and is divided into three parts, the solid bedroom forms at each end support a floating roof over the living space in between. This layout allows the living room to face both east to the hills and west to the sea. It allows sun into the house throughout the day, for passive solar heating of the concrete slab and creates a sheltered outside space on the east side that still keeps a strong connection to the western sea views.
Photos: Simon Devitt
This exclusive waterfront property listed with Jamie MacDougall for Sotheby’s Realty, is situated on Pender Harbour, a multi-inleted bay on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. This gated oasis spans over 21 acres with 1,000 feet of natural shoreline and offers total privacy and seclusion. The masterful architecture and luxury building materials make this a world-class living experience. Exposed architectural reinforced concrete walls are combined with Pennsylvania Blue Stone floors and Douglas Fir beams inside to create a delicate warmth to host an over 6,600 square feet of main residence with six fully en-suited bedrooms. Each bedroom enjoys total privacy, 180-degree breathtaking views and its own access outdoors. The grounds also host a 630 square foot boat house guest suite and a 1,240 square foot self-contained caretaker’s residence. Each of these spaces was mindfully designed to embrace the natural beauty surrounding this extraordinary property.
The open plan kitchen, living and dining room extend outside thru bi-fold doors to meld the indoor/outdoor ambience with a heated patio, fire pit and in ground hot tub at water’s edge. The exterior finish includes a mix of zinc and planted green roof with harvested cedar siding and stone veneer walls, carefully considered to blend with the West Coast environment and its spectacular elements. A sensational home with top of the line technical details: Crestron Smart Home, Geothermal heating and cooling and private water supply mark today’s standards. Residents enjoy this private oceanfront, a dock, boardwalk, sport court, a helipad and over 1 mile of manicured hiking and walking trails.
This architecturally significant and spectacularly engineered masterpiece is listed for sale at, $20,000,000, from here.
The Aupiais House was designed by Cape Town-based studio Greg Wright Architects, situated in Camps Bay, South Africa. Site Interior Design was approached by a couple to skin the shell of their newly purchased, though technically incomplete, Camps Bay home. The house was a contemporary shell but needed a “layer” to make it a home. From the outset, the clients were open-minded and came with an exciting frame of reference and good aesthetic sensibilities. Contrary to the default bleached ‘Beach House’ aesthetic so prevalent in the area, a rich palette was realized with natural materials bringing warmth and highlights to the often dramatic rooms that resulted. Via
Furnishing the spaces was done with a balanced combination of well-known local and international furnishing brands in combination with a substantial number of custom-designed and manufactured feature pieces. The intention is a diverse series of striking environs, each unique but having a recognizable design DNA connecting them as a family of patently related spaces.
The strong joinery concept that defines the main living areas and study are evidence of the continuity of materials throughout the house. They set the base palette but are designed to be interactive and intended to be “curated” by the owners, encouraging them to accumulate art pieces and exhibit them in various often-changing configurations. The incorporation of sustainably sourced timber, paired with luxurious linens and worn leather upholstery, tempers the otherwise warm, dark interiors.
The cavernous basement space is transformed into the ideal entertainer’s retreat affectionately termed the ‘Legend Room’ by the owners. Reflective surfaces contrast against matte walls and the unusual ‘wetsuit’ fabric of the custom-designed sofa especially shaped to fit the unusual wall configuration of the existing structure.
Bedrooms have been finished in varying neutral tones, always having natural timber as a consistent accent. Furniture was selected or designed specially to live alongside bespoke headboards and bed bases and natural, woven designer rugs and throws, quirky object and iconic lamps come together to add a sense of individuality to each of the rooms.
Each element of the house is viewed as an opportunity to build upon the theme of neutrals and naturals set off against contrasting materials and colours. All work together to create a striking visual impact; the final result is a bold, livable interior with clear identity.
Photos: Del Fante Photography
This bright and airy character filled home captures the true essence of its coastal lifestyle in New South Wales, Australia. Nestled on a spacious property with beautiful gardens, this private paradise is close to the cosmopolitan Newport village, famous for its diverse blend of shopping, cafes and restaurants. The front of the property features a wonderfully protected sandstone courtyard useable for all year round entertaining. The refreshing beachy all white color scheme, rough sawn timber walls, open plan living and sun-drenched decking, combine to create the ‘ultimate beach home’ with gorgeous ocean views. The stylish design includes many individual and distinctive characteristics and high attention to detail.
There are three bedrooms on the lower level with one of the bedrooms open to an area fabulous as a kid’s play room or TV room. The king size master bedroom on the upper level with a deluxe en-suite opens to a private and covered deck also with built-in day bed taking in the wonderful ocean views. Storage is aplenty with a couple of storage rooms useable for surfboard storage, or workshop and a large area underneath the house which can be used as additional storage or a home office or artist studio with a deck area also capturing the ocean view. Via
Sun drenched decking with built-in day bed creates a relaxed area to sit back admire the ocean view and read a paper or a book.
Character filled kitchen with an entertainer’s stainless steel gas oven and wooden island bench top and large pantry and original character sink. Includes built in under bench industrial fridge.
Open plan living incorporates the lounge, dining and kitchen and flows out to a sunny deck. The lounge area has a classic open wood fireplace surrounded by enough built-in shelving to hold a library of books.
A translucent glass bridge connects this 1,820 square foot Corten steel and glass pavilion to a mid-century modern house, Ocean Beach Residence has been designed by San Francisco Bay Area architect Ernest Born of studio Aidlin Darling Design. Gently placed among existing trees, the addition, though physically simple, is phenomenally complex. A private cypress grove in the rear and the Pacific Ocean in front are experientially connected through a strategic layering of space, view, reflection, acoustics, and nature.
The House at Big Hill is situated near Victoria, Australia’s Great Ocean Road, characterized by a restrained material palette and singular form by Kerstin Thompson Architects. The triangular plan, semi-recessed into the sloping site, is orientated to take advantage of the 180 degree views towards the townships of Lorne and Airey’s Inlet and of Bass Strait through a filter of mature eucalyptus. Responding to the client’s preference for a solid building a natural grey concrete block was selected for the walls, both inside and out. In combination with a black ceiling and dark roof the 2,583 square foot (240 square meters) house is effectively camouflaged within its bush landscape.
The interior has an intimate quality achieved through the careful modulation of natural light and shadow and the use of timber accents which offset the concrete floors and blockwork walls. Views are captured by picture frame windows that become spaces to occupy through deep reveals and window seats. A contrast to the lightweight beach house this dwelling instead provides a solid retreat from which to contemplate the extremes of this beautiful west coast landscape.
Photos: Trevor Mein
This gorgeous beach home is situated on a beautiful stretch of the Oregon Coast, furnished by Jessica Helgerson Interiors for a large family that will be spending lots of time there. The house is divided into three levels, each with its own common living space as well as adjacent bedrooms. The designer wanted to give each level its own special feeling.
The upper level is light and elegant with a 16-foot-long sofa that curves gracefully on thin walnut legs, a handcrafted walnut lamp that curves to match the sofa, and a chandelier that reflects the ocean in hundreds of slightly irregular hand-blown glass drops.
The mid-level is comfortable and warm with colorful rugs and cozy wing back chairs upholstered in linen and cowhide. The game table was designed by Jessica Helgerson who had vintage chairs upholstered to match it.
The lower level is playful and casual with a big sectional clad in reclaimed barn wood and a boat transformed into a day bed that hangs from the ceiling.
With very few exceptions nearly all the furniture is either the design of Jessica Helgerson, built in Portland, or vintage.
The home theater has inviting velvet chairs, funny Mexican movie posters and pillows made from vintage silk scarves.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
This stunning property is a four story waterfront retreat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that boasts panoramic aquatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, designed by Bruce Palmer Interior Design. Taking four and a half years to complete, this property’s end result is used for relaxing on weekends and holidays. The exterior incorporates harlequin pattern shingles with a subdued flared out shingle. Custom transoms frame the ocean views and create picturesque moments at sunrise and sunset.
Upon entrance to the home one is greeted with a custom splayed door, wooden textured columns, stone flooring and amendoim wood. A horizontal board was placed from floor to ceiling to give added texture and dimension. Off to the right is a wet bar that artistically displays a hand carved wooden underwater seascape scene. The doors complement this idea with rippled glass suggesting wave like motions. Exotic veneers were incorporated into cabinets, walls and furniture and curb less showers showcase natural stone with all the latest plumbing fixtures.
Commissioned artwork was ordered from Italy, along with antiques from all over the world. Plus, artisans were gathered to create Venetian plaster, generate wave-like agate stone walls and trim, and construct antiques to house vanity sinks and design lighting fixtures to fit the scale of each room.
The kitchen and dining room have a mixture of stone and wood set on a diagonal pattern. The Blue Bahia countertops in the kitchen impersonate the deep blue color of the nearby ocean.
The powder room has many features that include a stain glass window featuring seashells and textured glass. The vanity was wire brushed and then lime washed to convey tones of aged driftwood.
The ceilings have been treated with bead board, reminiscent of an old beach cottage.
Stepping out onto the exterior deck made of Massaranduba wood, you will find an oasis complete with a unique barbecue area, lighted pergola, and countertop seating overlooking the shoreline.
By installing a cable railing, the ocean views appear to be unobstructed.
Custom casing were created to hide and house motorized shades.