The homeowners decided to buy an existing home in a prime location in the Higgins Beach community. The site is nestled between the ocean and AngelCreek. The plan was to remove the existing home and build a new, energy efficient home, that maximized square footage on the small lot and take full advantage of the ocean views to the front as well as dramatic Angel Creek views to the rear.
The lot is located in an area with many building restrictions and this called for a very small footprint and also required the house to be built on piers. We were able to utilize the space under the house as a parking area for cars with an internal stair set to the living space above. Due to the small footprint, we used every inch of the allowable space. The home is built with a high-performance shell and utilizes solar panels with a Tesla power wall to power the home.
The completed home contains three bedrooms, including a primary suite with exterior balcony, an open-concept kitchen/dining/living room with an exterior deck, as well as a home office. This home, while modest in size, allows room for entertaining and overnight guests, which was important to the owners.
While the footprint of this home was predetermined based on lot and code constraints, the form took its shape through careful study, while also adhering to the Higgins Beach Character Code. The design team wanted to accentuate the beauty of the site and its surroundings by keeping this structure simple.