Last month I was on a company photography trip that took me to two of our newest homes; a Deck House in Florida and an Acorn Home in North Carolina. Both homes are on the Intracoastal Waterway and have fantastic views but challenging lots. Great owners, creative designers and smart builders collaborated for these beautiful homes.
Florida Deck House 9930
Here are some of the original Project Manager notes:
- ‘Heritage 9209’ plan as basis for design direction
- Mirror image of plan (garage on left), as they prefer the open views on right hand side. Home to be parallel to river with garage angled to fit narrow building envelope (83 feet wide, max). House footprint will probably need to be reduced as well – great room is quite large, so perhaps can reduce. Will probably go with metal roof.
- 5 Bedroom total (master, 2 @ second level and 2@ garage), plus upstairs “Bedroom 2” to be converted to ‘man cave’ with storage/WIC modified to be a kitchenette (cabinets/sink/small fridge/microwave)
- 5 full and 1 – 1/2 baths. Eliminate ½ bath on right of entry and make bath with shower to left or right of deck to use as a ‘cabana bath’ (with entry from inside and outside).
- Increase garage to 4 car with mother-in-law suite above for 90+ mother-in-law: 2 BD with connected bath in between and small kitchen (cabinets/sink/small fridge/microwave) and sitting room, if possible
- Extend deck full length of back of house with windows/sliders full length of back (plan to build a pool in back/close to house)
- House is in hurricane zone, so will require impact glass and extensive structural engineering review
While building a home is a challenge in itself, these owners had to navigate the building timetable around an endangered turtle migration period! (Nice to have a prefabricated home where the timetable can be managed and changed easily.)
Square Footage: 4150 Living Area, 1700 Garage, Porch, Deck Area
Special Features: Mother-in-law apartment upstairs, 4 Door Garage with exposed beams, traditional Deck House ceilings with Acorn Wall and Stair/Railing finishes.
North Carolina Acorn Home 9900
Like many of our customers, these owners had a beautiful lot with some challenging code requirements. The house needed to be built 7′ above the natural grade, which is about 9′ above the creek. This necessitated the need for bottom level “breakaway” panels in case of rising tides, hurricane winds and storm surges. The Project Designer says the biggest design challenge was the 44′ maximum building width and how to get uninterrupted views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Recognizing that porches and decks would block the view out and down, the design solution was to create a series of glass corners in the living spaces to focus on the dramatic diagonal water view. Porches and decks shifted to the opposite side of the house where the view would not be affected.
Another interesting feature is that the house is designed so an elevator can be installed in case retirement offers some unexpected challenges. It never hurts to think ahead.
While Acorn Deck House Company can recommend builders in most locations, the owners were committed to utilizing the talents of a builder they were already comfortable with. Phil’s input was invaluable from beginning to end, and his creative solutions to some design changes were genius.
Square Footage: 2495 Living Area, 605 Porches, Deck and Lower Level Parking Area Deck
Special Features: Flood Zone for 7 Feet