Glass and Steel Beachfront Estate

This new glass and steel beachfront estate features classic contemporary lines softened by natural wood and stone finish materials. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and a saltwater marsh on the other, the goal is to keep the beachfront home above the “base flood elevation” and protect it from potential high tides and winter storm surges.

The entire first floor and podium deck “floats” on pillars eight feet above grade, supported by a matrix of forty below-ground caissons that are two-to-three feet wide and run up to sixty feet deep. CHSL or Cross Hole Sonic Log Testing was required during the caisson concrete pour. This process, which the Soils Engineer explains he’s seeing more and more of noted on plan specifications by engineers, adds a level of quality control to the caisson construction but needs to be coordinated properly.

Steel moment frames support large window and door systems, which maximize the surrounding views. Though a large portion of the home is glass we were able to achieve strict current tile 24 requirements by creatively adding a solar thermal water heating system and floor insulation.

The exterior siding is Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood that will weather well in this coastal location. Ceilings throughout a majority of the home are also wood. Great attention has been given to the building corners and window and door corners where wood joints and mitered corners were achieved and overtime maintain their desired look. The home was weatherized with a bulletproof air- and water-resistant waterproofing prosoco system and the wood siding are attached via rain clips.  A sample board was exposed to the elements for 6 months with different sealers/stains to understand how the wood will weather over time.

Stone floor tiles in the interior flow through large sliding glass doors out to exterior patios, creating strong connections between the indoor and outdoor environment. The exterior patio tile sits atop the pedestal system. Density calculations were provided by the stone vendor to establish the appropriate thickness for tile setting on a pedestal system.  This unique pedestal system also allows the deck drains to be hidden under the tile, maximizing deck usage and clean lines.

Poggenpohl interior cabinets were installed with great attention to clean, crisp, and even reveals of adjoining walls.

Architect: Barry Winick
Photographer: Paul Warchol
Aerial Photos: Bill Dewey

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