Angular Modern Beach House in Florida

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December 19, 2013
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  Architect Jody Beck with her son Jonah Tisdale, 1, in front of the family beach house she designed on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The home is essentially a bunker on the beach: its structure and envelope are constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete to resist hurricane force winds while enabling dramatic cantilevers and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Traction Architecture.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    Architect Jody Beck with her son Jonah Tisdale, 1, in front of the family beach house she designed on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The home is essentially a bunker on the beach: its structure and envelope are constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete to resist hurricane force winds while enabling dramatic cantilevers and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Traction Architecture. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  4-year-old Robin plays in the home's great room, which is furnished with original mid-century pieces that belonged to Beck's grandmother, including two Saarinen chairs, a Knoll coffee table, and Bertoia bench.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    4-year-old Robin plays in the home's great room, which is furnished with original mid-century pieces that belonged to Beck's grandmother, including two Saarinen chairs, a Knoll coffee table, and Bertoia bench. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  A 24-foot sliding glass door system leads out onto the balcony from the great room. Cypress wraps the ceiling and floor above. Beck says, "In designing this project, we strove for simplicity. Cost efficiencies were obtained by exposing the structure where possible, taking advantage of locally sourced products, and choosing relatively simple finishes." For the floor, a local concrete company ground and polished the elevated slabs to create the finished floors and exterior staircases.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    A 24-foot sliding glass door system leads out onto the balcony from the great room. Cypress wraps the ceiling and floor above. Beck says, "In designing this project, we strove for simplicity. Cost efficiencies were obtained by exposing the structure where possible, taking advantage of locally sourced products, and choosing relatively simple finishes." For the floor, a local concrete company ground and polished the elevated slabs to create the finished floors and exterior staircases. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  Located off the great room, this exterior porch—subtracted from the main volume and therefore protected from bad weather—is also clad in locally milled cypress. "We chose cypress because of its history as a chief building material in the region’s earliest structures," explains Beck. "It contains a natural oil called cypressene, which deters insects and resists mold and mildew, making it an ideal wood for Florida’s hot, humid climate."  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    Located off the great room, this exterior porch—subtracted from the main volume and therefore protected from bad weather—is also clad in locally milled cypress. "We chose cypress because of its history as a chief building material in the region’s earliest structures," explains Beck. "It contains a natural oil called cypressene, which deters insects and resists mold and mildew, making it an ideal wood for Florida’s hot, humid climate." Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  From the entrance, you can see the home's kitchen underneath the wraparound cypress ceiling. The modular kitchen system is by Viola Park. Paperstone countertops are made of recycled material—more cost effective than the traditional stone or quartz.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    From the entrance, you can see the home's kitchen underneath the wraparound cypress ceiling. The modular kitchen system is by Viola Park. Paperstone countertops are made of recycled material—more cost effective than the traditional stone or quartz. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  The kitchen from above, looking down from the second floor. Jody Beck with hudband Ross-Alan Tisdale, partners in Traction Architecture, with their kids Robin and Jonah.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    The kitchen from above, looking down from the second floor. Jody Beck with hudband Ross-Alan Tisdale, partners in Traction Architecture, with their kids Robin and Jonah. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  The kids' bedroom sports an Ikea bunk bed and trundle, which leaves plenty of space for toys. Custom cypress built-ins provide multi-functional storage and seating areas and minimize the need for furniture.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    The kids' bedroom sports an Ikea bunk bed and trundle, which leaves plenty of space for toys. Custom cypress built-ins provide multi-functional storage and seating areas and minimize the need for furniture. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  The guest room doubles as a home office. Here, too, are cypress built-ins framing glass panels that look out onto the sea. The architects call them "St. Jerome boxes," which is inspired by the classic image of St. Jerome at his desk, lost in thought, with the landscape framed in a picture window beside him.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    The guest room doubles as a home office. Here, too, are cypress built-ins framing glass panels that look out onto the sea. The architects call them "St. Jerome boxes," which is inspired by the classic image of St. Jerome at his desk, lost in thought, with the landscape framed in a picture window beside him. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  Small surprises were incorporated into the bathroom design, like a cantilevered exterior shower. Traction chose inexpensive glass subway tile and porcelain floor tile, in addition to modular cabinetry by Viola Park with Paperstone countertops.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    Small surprises were incorporated into the bathroom design, like a cantilevered exterior shower. Traction chose inexpensive glass subway tile and porcelain floor tile, in addition to modular cabinetry by Viola Park with Paperstone countertops. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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  Exterior concrete staircases cantilever over the pool and provide circulation between interior and exterior living spaces. Perforated metal railings provide a protective enclosure while creating patterns of light that mark the movement of the sun. The recycled plastic chairs are by Loll.  Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
    Exterior concrete staircases cantilever over the pool and provide circulation between interior and exterior living spaces. Perforated metal railings provide a protective enclosure while creating patterns of light that mark the movement of the sun. The recycled plastic chairs are by Loll. Courtesy of Traction Architecture.
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