Newport Beach I

Restrained by a small internal lot in a beach community and existing homes four feet away on either side, and the requirements by a couple with one child, the challenge was to create a home that is casual yet elegant and worked for three people but could entertain thirty people. The home was designed with an overall idea about combing elegance with the notion of beach casualness. The home maintains a casual beach character with covered shutters and metal roofing. Yet inside the space has a sophistication and highly refined detail. The ground level has window walls that open onto outdoor spaces, responding to climate as well as entertaining, while upstairs maintains privacy through room layout and window locations. The goal was to create a tropical oasis for living and entertaining shoehorned between existing elements.