2002 Idea House: Family Reunion

This oceanfront Idea House mixes nostalgic beach-home style with modern building technology. The result is an enduring getaway well equipped for large gatherings and generations of seaside memories.


Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Built to Last

"At times, this can be a severe, harsh environment," says architect George Graves. "This house was built to stand for many generations." He chose exterior lap siding made from fiber cement because it won't crack, rot, or warp. And, although it offers much of the same appeal as wood, it doesn't require repainting as often. "It met our design intentions, and it's very durable," he says.

Siding: James Hardie Siding Products. Heating and cooling: Lennox Industries.

Living Room

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Funky Sophistication

Although the seascape commands ultimate attention, the great room beckons with its casual assembly of artwork and furnishings. The palette is so succinct that colors flow seamlessly throughout the great room's three areas: living, dining, and sitting.

On the room's two sofas, a tawny silk weave is visually reminiscent of burlap—but surprises the touch with smooth softness. Rattan chairs trimmed in jute piping compement the silk. Images of the West Indies are woven into the plush area rugs. Abundant rattan ta bles stand ready to hold cocktails or an interrupted book.


Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Simple and User-Friendly

The expansive kitchen, separated from the great room by a counter bar, mixes the latest conveniences with modern design. For cabinetry, the design team chose dove-tailed maple with Quaker styling and bronze knobs to stay true to the simple aesthetic.

Stainless steel appliances and chrome fixtures add reflective accents. The sleek side-by-side refrigerator offers enough storage for family-size meals. A large glass-front wine cooler ensures the proper chill. ANd for afternoon cocktails, an ice maker is conveniently placed to the bar sink. The gas cooktop features a downdraft vent, eliminating the need for an obtrusive hood.

Appliances: KitchenAid. Cabinets: Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry.


Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

All-Weather Friendly

The main kitchen sink overlooks the side porch and the seascape beyond. On the porch, interior designer Linda Woodrum hung aqua-trimmed curtains made from weather-resistant fabric.


Photo: Deborah Whitlaw

Classic Elegance

The corner étagère holds fluffy green towels, stacked and ready to chase away an after-shower chill. The walk-in shower's wall-mounted, handheld attachment makes washing off salt and sand easy. The sink faucet offers old-fashioned appeal with its cross handles and scripted labels.

Towels: Royal Velvet. Faucets and shower fixtures: Grohe.

For more information about the products featured in this home, please see the November/December 2002 issue of Coastal Living magazine.

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