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The program brief for this family vacation house included combining kitchen, dining, and living spaces into an open plan to allow for entertaining, creating a master bedroom suite that incorporates a painting studio and porch, and providing two additional bedrooms and a flexible space to serve as both family room and guest room. The owner, a Savannah native, wanted the house to withstand the harsh conditions of its oceanside environment with minimal exterior maintenance.

Flood-zone regulations mandated that the house be raised at least six feet off the ground. The client's requirements for parking, generous patio space, and a pool were accommodated on the tight lot by raising the house an additional two feet. Thus elevated, the house sits within a canopy of shade trees for privacy, while the spaces below frame views of the marsh and ocean and form a sheltered breezeway.

The Island Residence has been featured in national publications, including Dwell, Custom Home, and The New American House IV.

Island Residence

Savannah, Georgia

Custom Seaside Residence

Size (sf): 4200

Cost: $900,000

Completed: 2001

Published In: The New American House IV, Dwell, Custom Home

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