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July 10, 2014
Sometimes architecture works best when it frames nature. These seven homes blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors by opening up towards the ocean.
Interior view of outdoor deck

The Porter cottage, on an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, makes the most of its unwieldy site. The cottage was sited as close to the water as legally allowed in order to take advantage of the views, and far enough away from a graywater leach field where the soil is deep enough to allow for proper run off. 

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Originally appeared in Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site. Here, two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom frame expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. 

 

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Originally appeared in Going Coastal
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Modern sustainable house by the beach

The Casa Cuatro sits above a 180-foot cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening. 

 

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Originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure
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modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus dining room table

This coastal home in Australia opens up to its epic surroundings, allowing views of the ocean from almost every room.

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Originally appeared in A Eucalyptus-Lined Oceanfront Home in Australia
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Nestled in Stinson Beach, an oceanside community about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, this green home offsets its energy consumption with a PV array and solar hot water system.

 

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Originally appeared in The Green Lagoon
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Mhia on deck with the family dog.

The residents of this Maui, Hawaii house cite Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, as a loose inspiration for the design of their house. Here, a wooden deck off the living room boasts an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Originally appeared in Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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The frosted glass of the bridge offers a transparent stripe and a view of the ocean.

Although this San Franscisco home is oriented towards the interior, and far more interested in its tranquil inner courtyard than anything beyond, the transparent stripe in the frosted glass of the house offers a beautiful view of the ocean.

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Originally appeared in Highway Hideaway
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Interior view of outdoor deck

The Porter cottage, on an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, makes the most of its unwieldy site. The cottage was sited as close to the water as legally allowed in order to take advantage of the views, and far enough away from a graywater leach field where the soil is deep enough to allow for proper run off. 

Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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