Contemporary Del Mar Beach Cottage
Located in a floodplain, this elevated house is a modern interpretation of Southern California vernacular.
This new one-story home is the result of strict planning. Building in a floodplain required the habitable portion of the structure to be elevated 7 ft. above existing grade. The soils report indicated the need to install two mat or raft slabs extending over the entire footprint to support the building and transfer its weight to the ground. This created a dilemma when routing utilities from the city because most penetrations in a mat slab are restricted; there are also restrictions on the types of utilities allowed below the flood line. Since the tight lot had no real views to take advantage of, getting light into the living space was a paramount concern. The solution was to use continuous operable clerestory windows to provide much-needed daylight and air circulation. In combination with exposed beams on a vaulted ceiling, those windows contribute to a notable design statement in the entry. Along with the rafters, the split-gable form reminds the clients of homes they grew up in, which they describe as “contemporary yet familiar.” Other notable features include four outdoor living spaces—two in the front and two at the rear—which give guests multiple options for private outdoor time. Even though this is a relatively small home on a tight lot, there is comfortable sleeping space for as many as six guests.
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Front of home
Entry - exposed beamwork on vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows
Mezzanine leading to front upper deck
Family room with kitchen and view of rear upper deck