Highway Hideaway

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January 16, 2009
Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies. Tom Lloyd-Butler’s beach house by Ernest Born, however, is deeply interior, and far more interested in its tranquil inner courtyard than anything beyond. One transparent addition later, the avid surfer has a new outlook. Read Full Article
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  The original house (left) only gave two glimpses of the vast Pacific Ocean out of the west-facing windows—an unusual choice given the epic sweep and clear cachet of an uninterrupted ocean view. Aidlin Darling Design took a different tack with the new addition (right), using the cypress trees as a natural screen to shield the lower levels while opening the third floor to stunning views. The Cor-Ten steel cladding on the new house is designed to further redden and rust with the help of the obliging sea air.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The original house (left) only gave two glimpses of the vast Pacific Ocean out of the west-facing windows—an unusual choice given the epic sweep and clear cachet of an uninterrupted ocean view. Aidlin Darling Design took a different tack with the new addition (right), using the cypress trees as a natural screen to shield the lower levels while opening the third floor to stunning views. The Cor-Ten steel cladding on the new house is designed to further redden and rust with the help of the obliging sea air.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  The frosted-glass bridge unites the original 1950s structure (right) to the new addition, which is sheathed in Cor-ten steel panels.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The frosted-glass bridge unites the original 1950s structure (right) to the new addition, which is sheathed in Cor-ten steel panels.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  Aidlin Darling took pains during construction to preserve the cypress trees that give the Great Highway House so much of its charm.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    Aidlin Darling took pains during construction to preserve the cypress trees that give the Great Highway House so much of its charm.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  The site plan shows how the old (A) and new (B) buildings connect.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The site plan shows how the old (A) and new (B) buildings connect.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  Sliding glass panels in the bathroom open to put the tub in the tree canopy.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    Sliding glass panels in the bathroom open to put the tub in the tree canopy.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  When not surfing, Lloyd-Butler and his son John repose in the new addition over a game of backgammon.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    When not surfing, Lloyd-Butler and his son John repose in the new addition over a game of backgammon.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  A 24-by24-foot Cor-ten-clad pavilion tops the three-story addition.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    A 24-by24-foot Cor-ten-clad pavilion tops the three-story addition.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  The frosted glass of the bridge offers a transparent stripe and a view of the ocean.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The frosted glass of the bridge offers a transparent stripe and a view of the ocean.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  The collection of neck-ties Lloyd-Butler and Zelen have amassed is on permanent display draped over an upstairs railing.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The collection of neck-ties Lloyd-Butler and Zelen have amassed is on permanent display draped over an upstairs railing.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  Lloyd-Butler’s second-floor office in the old house, which connects to the addition via the frosted-glass bridge.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    Lloyd-Butler’s second-floor office in the old house, which connects to the addition via the frosted-glass bridge.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  Born outfitted the living room of the original house with vertical slats on which to mount any manner of visual material. Artwork becomes easy to move around, but Lloyd-Butler likes the placement of a painting by Wayne Gonzales depicting Lee Harvey Oswald.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    Born outfitted the living room of the original house with vertical slats on which to mount any manner of visual material. Artwork becomes easy to move around, but Lloyd-Butler likes the placement of a painting by Wayne Gonzales depicting Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  Zelen (left) and Lloyd-Butler take advantage of their shady outdoor space.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    Zelen (left) and Lloyd-Butler take advantage of their shady outdoor space.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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  The cypresses beyond the ipe fence afford the family privacy.  Photo by: Robert Schlatter
    The cypresses beyond the ipe fence afford the family privacy.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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