This ultra-casual beach house retreat is full of light and devoid of clutter, designed by Balfoort Architecture with interiors by Beach Chic Design in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This is a vacation home built for a family whose primary residence is in San Jose, California. The homeowners had an affinity for the beach and when this property came up for sale, they could not resist. The original home was unsalvageable and had to be demolished, so the architect had a fresh, clean slate to work with. Encompassing 6,000 square feet of living space, this coastal modern retreat features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with a detached 900 square foot guest house.
This all fits on a long, narrow site, where the homeowners wished to maximize views towards the ocean. Although the home is not directly positioned on the beach, the lot across the street was empty, which allows them a direct oceanfront view. The architect re-configured the floor plan to allow the main living spaces of the kitchen, dining and family room as well as the master suite, to be located on the second level. This allows these spaces the best views of the ocean, while the formal living room and guest bedrooms reside on the first level. Almost every room in this coastal modern home captures at least a partial view of the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the architect, “the beach house was designed to capture the essence of its surroundings, enveloping its visitors with a sense of calm, and imposing a relaxed space that is unique to beach living. Throughout the house the finishes and materials were chosen for their textural quality or because of the way they reflect or capture light.”
What We Love: This coastal modern home reflects a timeless quality, with furnishings that are inviting and comfortable yet also kid-friendly. The interiors have a beautiful aesthetic that is casual and livable, where guests can feel comfortable plopping down and kicking off their shoes. The all white color palette with sand and sea accents and open interiors… very relaxing and tranquil. Its what you would want and expect in a beach house retreat in sunny Florida, are we right? What are your thoughts?
The clients love to entertain, everything from more formal parties to backyard barbecues and even tailgating before a game. The open concept design allows them plenty of space to host family and friends, while at the same time providing quiet zones to indulge in private escape. The east and west facades were designed to be open to the outdoors, capturing fresh ocean breezes. Deep, south facing porches brings in natural light, while enabling smooth transitions from indoors to out. Each space was designed to account for views, sun orientation and the exterior surroundings.
A 900 square foot detached guest house features an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining and living area. The guest bedroom and bathroom are every bit as open, airy and comfortable as the main house. With views of the ocean and pool, the guest house is a vacation unto itself.
Photos: Adam Cohen Photography
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