Major project goals included creating a freestanding spa bath house that was (1) distinctively designed, (2) made from sustainable materials, (3) ecologically conscious, and (4) built in collaboration with local craftspeople.
Working from NMA's designs, woodworker Chuck Bayliss fashioned the millwork. General contractor Ben Cook and a local team produced the stonework and carpentry details, which are unique to the project. NMA also designed the space’s decorative lights, custom stone spa tub, outdoor shower, and removable exterior screens made from sustainably grown cedar.
To design a modern house that is in-scale and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood houses
To provide privacy and outdoor living spaces on a small city lot.
To provide abundant natural light to interior spaces.
To provide indoor/outdoor spaces where practical.
Use of low maintenance, durable materials.
The primary goal of this project was to preserve the historic charm of the original cottage while providing the convenience of a modern home. Opening the structure to bring in light and provide views of the surrounding site were also very important.
The owners also wanted the design to address their concern to minimize the tracking of beach sand into the cottage. This was addressed with an outdoor shower, a bathroom that is accessible from the outside, and a serving counter between the kitchen and outside deck.
Adding a space for a studio, kayak storage, and firewood storage were also key.
- To keep the original modern look and feel of the home.
- Use light colored, natural materials on the interior to keep it clean, uncluttered, and bright.
- Provide a low maintenance, retirement home.
- Create an inviting outside environment.
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