When the owners outgrew their family vacation home, they engaged Hughes Associates A&E to help them make it more livable. After considering renovation options, the team decided to raze the 1940’s era bungalow and replace it with a larger, modern home suitable for four generations. While they wanted a spacious open plan with all the amenities to make their leisure time carefree, they also wanted a house that retained the flavor of the old beach cottage. From the street, the house looks conventional with wrap-around porch and punched double hung windows. On the waterside, however, it opens up with a series of large windows offering panoramic views of the bay and Bogue Sound.
Inside, the first floor has seating areas, dining, and a family kitchen. A front bedroom with its own private bath welcomes older family members for whom climbing stairs is a problem. Upstairs, four bedrooms surround a balcony open to all three floors of the house. A large skylight draws light deep into the house, even on cloudy days. A spiral staircase leads to an attic hideaway complete with media room and additional sleeping quarters.
The exterior of the house has been constructed with low maintenance, highly durable materials ready to withstand hurricane force winds. These include a split-face block foundation, fiber cement siding, impact resistant windows, stainless steel flashing, a standing-seam metal porch roof, and 50-year fiberglass shingles.