The house is over 40 years old and it has structural issues. The layout does not compliment the views and the exterior is failing. Is it better to just tear it down and start over?
The existing residence is an existing non-conforming structure that exceeds the city’s height ordinance. You cannot tear it down and rebuild, while maintaining the height, and ocean views that the residence now supports.
With new caissons in place where the foundation has failed, we relocated and re-orientated the rooms to focus on the ocean view; opened up the roof structure at the main living area to bring in the view; new interior and exterior finishes to bring new life to the tired home–and suddenly you realized you can save this old house.
The kitchen, previously facing the interior of the site, is flipped to the other side, and now popping out to the take in the view of the ocean to the south. The great room, is now a direct extension to the outdoor deck that wraps around to become a stage for a panoramic view of the coastline. A secret internal stair adds hidden fun to the modern castle.
The exterior finish will be long lasting, and require minimal maintenance by using integral smooth plaster and factory finished simulated wood panels. Solar panels with allowance to be off-grid in the future, and a well-sealed insulated building shell has this house highly efficient.
Architect: Warren Scott + Architecture
Interior Design: Dawson Design Group
Structural Engineer: Paul Christenson
Contractor: Alliance Green Builders