US studio Fuse Architects added cedar cladding, expanded the home windows and brightened the interiors of the Plover Home on the coast of California.
The weekend house is situated in Pajaro Dunes, a resort neighborhood that lies simply south of Santa Cruz. The neighborhood sits alongside the shoreline of Monterey Bay.
The three-bedroom home was designed for a Silicon Valley couple and their three kids.
“Their need was to have a trip residence, in addition to a spot to host buddies for seashore gatherings and to discover all the advantages of the seaside neighborhood,” mentioned Fuse Architects, which is predicated within the close by city of Capitola.
The venture entailed the rework of a beachfront residence relationship to 1968 and designed by architect George Cody.
Totalling 1,500 sq. toes (139 sq. metres), the home got here with an irregular, pyramid-like roof and cedar-shingle cladding, each inside and outside. The inside was darkish, outdated and closed off to the seashore.
“Inside, it felt like a darkish bunker that was very a lot separated from the skin, to not point out the view of the close by Pacific,” the crew mentioned.
Working intently with the shoppers, the architects got down to brighten up the inside and enhance the views. The studio retained the unique residence’s footprint however made vital modifications overhead.
The crew raised the roofline alongside the lounge, eating space and predominant bed room, permitting for bigger home windows and extra expansive vistas. Within the eating room, a brand new window affords a “portrait view” of the oceanscape.
Over the kitchen, the place the roof’s highest level is situated, the crew reworked the ceiling strains to make higher use of an current skylight.
Sturdy finishes have been used all through.
“Mild plaster partitions, white ceilings and oak flooring create an area that’s ethereal but snug – and sturdy for a seashore way of life,” the crew mentioned.
In distinction to the inside, the house’s exterior was saved darkish.
The unique shingles have been eliminated and changed with linear strips of darkish cedar – a cladding that emphasizes the distinction between the “flowy grasses, the dunes and the ocean with the angular constructing strains”, the crew mentioned.
On the roof, wood shingles have been changed with black standing-seam steel. Within the northeast nook, the place the roof is lower away, the crew clad partitions in clear cedar to intensify the primary entrance.
Total, the home is supposed to exhibit a heightened stage of expertise and cautious consideration to element.
“The excessive stage of detailing and craftsmanship, each on the outside and inside, captures a easy but advanced design,” the crew mentioned.
Different coastal California properties embrace a cedar-siding home by Malcolm Davis Structure that’s situated within the famed Sea Ranch neighborhood, and a cypress-clad beachfront dwelling by Feldman Structure that’s meant to steadiness “excessive design and an informal Californian aesthetic”.
The pictures is by Joe Fletcher.
Architects: Fuse Architects
Builder: Hagen and Colbert