2023 VIBE - Best Single Family Home Over 4500 sq ft
Close collaboration between homeowner and builder resulted in a dream custom home perched at the water’s edge.
Built on a rocky waterfront, these homeowners prioritized enjoyment of the outdoors in their vision of a forever home. While living in the Middle East, they developed a deep appreciation of the ability to enjoy their natural surroundings year-round and incorporated that into the home’s design.
The homeowners studied the lot topography and worked with Horizon through the custom design process and construction to fit the house within it. Utilizing innovative construction techniques, the house was positioned to ensure neighbouring views were preserved without sacrificing features or design.
The infinity pool and hot tub are positioned on a natural plateau and the water-facing façade is curved, mimicking the shape of the lot and maximizing the oceanfront view. Ten-foot ceilings on the main floor open to a fifteen-foot ceiling in the front room, drawing people through to the front of the house.
Seventeen skylights are positioned throughout the home including the laundry room, powder room and closets. A catwalk on the third floor maintains the home’s open feeling and airflow.
Designed to be enjoyed by three generations, the home’s elevator is an aging-in-place feature that ensures everyone can access the rooftop patio, an entertaining space that includes a small bar and fireplace. The garage features a car elevator, increasing the usability of the garage’s lower level.
The house features an adaptation of the windcatcher design used extensively in the Middle East. Windows on the home’s top level not only let in light throughout the day, but they are also a passive cooling element to help regulate the house temperature in the summer.
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