A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

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March 11, 2010
Originally published in Prefab Today
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Prince of Tides

For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

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  On a sandy cul-de-sac in Stinson Beach, California, architects Matthew Peek and Renata Ancona built an elevated modern structure beside a modest 1940s bungalow.
    On a sandy cul-de-sac in Stinson Beach, California, architects Matthew Peek and Renata Ancona built an elevated modern structure beside a modest 1940s bungalow.
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  From his perch Dwares can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the ocean.
    From his perch Dwares can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the ocean.
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  The eastern side offers an equally mesmerizing view of Mount Tamalpais, which is lush with foliage throughout the year.
    The eastern side offers an equally mesmerizing view of Mount Tamalpais, which is lush with foliage throughout the year.
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  With almost as much area dedicated to decks as to interiors, Peter Dwares’s house is truly made for outdoor enjoyment.
    With almost as much area dedicated to decks as to interiors, Peter Dwares’s house is truly made for outdoor enjoyment.
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  Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom create the sensation of being outside, as if the entire house is one platform deck strategically shielded from the elements.
    Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom create the sensation of being outside, as if the entire house is one platform deck strategically shielded from the elements.
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  The bed folds vertically into the wall to open up the living space for lounging or entertaining.
    The bed folds vertically into the wall to open up the living space for lounging or entertaining.
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  Even the bathroom features narrow ocean views.
    Even the bathroom features narrow ocean views.
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  The steel stairwell that connects the garden-level patio with the new living space performs double duty as an anchor attached to the foundation.
    The steel stairwell that connects the garden-level patio with the new living space performs double duty as an anchor attached to the foundation.
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  The cantilevered entry court assists with the reinforcement by securing the building’s weight seaward.
    The cantilevered entry court assists with the reinforcement by securing the building’s weight seaward.
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  Concrete pillars are key in the event of a tidal wave.
    Concrete pillars are key in the event of a tidal wave.
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