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Picturesque beach house getaway in WaterColor

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Williams Residence is a dream vacation home for a Houston couple designed by Geoff Chick & Associates in WaterColor, Florida. The three-story house faces a neighborhood park and backs up to the Point Washington State Forest, a huge natural preserve. The homeowner who had collected two decades of notes and magazine clippings interior designed the space herself, with simple and clean design of blues, greens and beiges that seems to be collected right from the beach. The home is comprised of 4,731 square feet of living space, with four beds plus a bunk area, four-and-a-half bathrooms and a spacious apartment above the garage with a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

The awe-inspiring exterior has a signature galvanized roof and HardiePlank lap siding with red cedar shingles, all painted a custom soft blue color made to harmonize with all the materials. Gas lanterns, transom windows, exposed rafters on the top tower structure and a detailed railing with a recurring X pattern punctuate Watercolor’s architectural style. With the intense Florida sunshine, the extended eaves help cut down on solar gain in the tower, and since hurricane winds pose a threat to ripping the roof off, a beam and a corbel detail were added.

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This landing area connects the main house to the garage apartment. With a Dutch door, a farmhouse sink, antique wood furniture and a color palette of red, black and white, the style is a mild departure from the rest of the house.

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This view is from the third floor — which has a home theater and an office space — looking down on the second, which has a bunk room, a master suite and two guest rooms.

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Denise Williams has a massive collection of beach sand from all over the world. The antique nautical map wallpaper in the back of the niche is used to display portions of her collection.

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The second-floor bunk room is meant to accommodate future grandkids. The bunks were custom made. The green door is a hundred years old and from Romania.

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Note the starry night motif in the bunk room with the dark blue ceiling and custom chandeliers.

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A sliding, distressed door on the third floor closes the house off to the fourth-floor tower to prevent heat loss.

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 Photos:  Jack Gardner

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