Sited along the Intracoastal Waterway with 270 degree views of Figure Eight Island, Rich’s Inlet, and the vast marshland between Nixon’s and Green’s Channels, this home is designed to capture the sun and breezes through its use of a “one-room-wide” plan with a courtyard entry.
The main entry, through an oversized custom fabricated mahogany front door under a large porch is aligned with distant views of Figure Eight Island. The stair is tucked discretely around the corner of the entry so as to not invite guests to the private quarters on the second level. The main level is one large open space comprising the kitchen and living spaces which are open to the east/southeast to take advantage of ideal solar orientation, views, and breezes. The dining room, while a part of this great space, is tucked away in an alcove to the west for optimum daylighting and sunset views while dining at the end of the day.
The main level ceilings are ten feet above the floor with working structural coffered beams skinned in sustainably harvested North Carolina cypress. All interior doors and trim are fabricated with the same wood, unpainted, of the finest clarity and grain.
The main level of the house adheres to the very useful “one-room-wide” concept, where one can literally see clear through the house from front to back. This strategy not only fosters the ability to take advantage of cooling breezes passing through the house unobstructed, but it also enhances the feeling of openness and evens-out daylighting from both sides of the house.
The second floor of the home employs the “one-room-wide” concept equally as well. Two small dormers flank a large cross-gable dormer on both front and rear elevations. These dormers serve the upstairs bedrooms and common gathering space, enabling the same cross-ventilation strategy employed on the lower level.
The garage/crofter, attached to the main house through a covered breezeway serves as a guesthouse with its own private entry tucked away on the north side of the structure.