Coastal Oasis

There was a time when people wished just the opposite from their homes: how to keep the outdoors out.

Protection from the elements led to common-sensestrategies like low, sheltering roofs on the north-facing side of a house and small and few windows to admit some natural light while limiting heat loss and maintaining structural integrity.

 Although concerns about heat loss and protection from weather remain relevant, through thoughtful design there are a number of ways to achieve a greater connection.

The designs represented here all share details – deep roof overhangs, permeable decking at same- level interiors/exteriors, carefully-chosen weather-resistant materials like stainless steel, mahogany, and Ipe – that ensure a lasting result.