The clients sought a unique but traditional house that would feel like a compact cottage when viewed from the street but still function as a spacious family home. It sits on a rise providing separation from the street and peeks of ocean view. An arched opening announces the front door emphatically but casually. Whimsical but simple details, like a small, off-center square window and an oval window tight against the side door, enliven the well-proportioned form. A steep roof furthers the whimsical feeling and helps give the house a touch of storybook character. A slightly top-heavy but charming disposition results from the geometric form created by the steep roof and overhangs bearing down on the form below.
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A bay window projects forward to welcome and capture a diagonal ocean view. There is a freestanding garage with a playroom above that looks down on the house an an object and the outdoor living space as a retreat. It is a miniature version of the house that tucks into a rise at the back of the property.
French doors connect the space to south facing outdoor living space on deck, patios and lawn behind the house. Just inside the mudroom door is a built-in bench seat. Additionally, a window seat allows cozy socializing at the end of the luxurious galley kitchen. The primary bedroom has high ceilings and a long distant water view.