MANY OF THE SHORES
that grace the abundant lakes and rivers of the Pacific Northwest have steeply sloping hillsides immediately adjacent to the beach. Often in these areas the beach is not large enough, nor accessible enough, to support a full-sized custom home, which needs to be located a the top of the bluff. This arrangement can have many advantages…the main house enjoys unparalleled views from higher up and ease of access to and from the home. The challenge is to still maintain the value of owning a waterfront property. A beach house is the perfect solution to provide comfortable facilities immediately adjacent to the shore for entertaining and enjoyment of the water.
A UNIQUE BEACH HOUSE
for a property such as this that has a fascinating blend of contemporary exposed wood beam construction and historic recreations of traditional structures. The owners have constructed a new pool and pool house patterned after traditional Normandy styled homes. Wanting to connect the beach house with the new pool house at the top of the bluff, Curtis suggested a new beach house rising out of the ruins of an old Normandy inspired stone structure.
AN INCREDIBLE 283 STEPS
connect the Beach House to the top of the bluff and the main residence. A new stair was designed and constructed using steep slope construction techniques to minimize impact to the hillside.
To buffer the structure and occupants from any potential for shallow slides that could pose a risk from the steep slope.
After descending the hillside, the family and guests may want to linger for days in the new Beach House and put off as long as possible the climb back up the hill. Since they will be surrounded by such an engaging and interesting lakeside facility, the need to return diminishes in proportion to the engaging comfort this unique Beach House has to offer.
THE DESIGN TEAM
Projected Completion: 2015
Principal: Eric Drivdhal
Project Manager: Tatiana Darnell
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