Amongst palms and poincianas, this property had tremendous ocean-front views. However, flood plain requirements required elevating the main living level 15 feet above the ground. A unique result were ‘found’ views of Bali Hai, part of the Makana Mountain range beyond. This became the conceptual design driver for the butterfly roof, the bay window arcade, and the crossing plan great room layout.
Challenging to the project was how to make the ‘underside’ of the house not appear as such, and providing security while still adhering to FEMA requirements. The design introduced a slatted wood foyer utilizing thermally modified wood for durability, security, and breakaway requirements. Dramatic downlighting of the vertically slatted walls and transitioning materials underfoot make the ground level arrival a richly tactile space that disguises its utilitarian function.
At grade, low maintenance materials transitioning from the beach were incorporated: basalt slabs, coral rock pavers, and mountain river rock. These transition upwards in the open stair volume to a higher level of finish and texture at the main living level. Walnut floors, zebrawood casework, monkeypod tables, and limestone tiles. High tactile elements such as vanity bowls, and specialty decorative lighting all hark towards patterns and textures of the either the ocean or to the rugged mountain range flanking the house. Creating ‘special delights’, the owner’s unique collection of Indonesian wood planks were milled to be the kitchen cove ceiling finish and the living room fireplace/tv sliding screens.