The Boat House
This distinctive four-bedroom oceanfront home was artfully designed by architects Anna and Chuck Dietsche. Having traveled the world, the Dietsches’ clients chose to build their vacation home on a dune-ridge lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. They wanted something “unique but not different” that would comply with the community’s design guidelines and that would be as energy efficient and sustainable as possible. Taking these requirements, their clients’ travels, and the seaside site into consideration, the Dietsches designed this “boat house” with bow, stern, sweeping decks, and gable-end dormers representing three sails. Inside, they replicated the aesthetic of an old wooden boat in the cherry flooring with maple pinstripes; nautical light fixtures and hardware; deep, curving white wall ribs; and a planked, clear-finish cypress ceiling supported by white cross beams. Upstairs, the vaulted ceilings of the three gable-dormer “sails” define the living room, dining room, and master bedroom. Glass doors extend the living space out to the expansive wood deck and the fore and aft screened porches.
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Architecture & Interior Design: Chuck Dietsche and Anna Dietsche, Dietsche + Dietsche Architects, Wilmington, N.C., dietschedietsche.com
Building Contractor: Tim Gaylord, Telesis Ventures, Wrightsville Beach, N.C., telesisventures.com
Photographs: courtesy of Chuck Dietsche