A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

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March 11, 2010

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.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    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.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  From his perch Dwares can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the ocean.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    From his perch Dwares can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the ocean.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  The eastern side offers an equally mesmerizing view of Mount Tamalpais, which is lush with foliage throughout the year.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    The eastern side offers an equally mesmerizing view of Mount Tamalpais, which is lush with foliage throughout the year.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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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.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    With almost as much area dedicated to decks as to interiors, Peter Dwares’s house is truly made for outdoor enjoyment.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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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.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    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.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  The bed folds vertically into the wall to open up the living space for lounging or entertaining.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    The bed folds vertically into the wall to open up the living space for lounging or entertaining.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  Even the bathroom features narrow ocean views.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    Even the bathroom features narrow ocean views.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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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.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    The steel stairwell that connects the garden-level patio with the new living space performs double duty as an anchor attached to the foundation.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  The cantilevered entry court assists with the reinforcement by securing the building’s weight seaward.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    The cantilevered entry court assists with the reinforcement by securing the building’s weight seaward.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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  Concrete pillars are key in the event of a tidal wave.  Photo by: Mathew Scott
    Concrete pillars are key in the event of a tidal wave.

    Photo by: Mathew Scott

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