When you’re an avid water skier with property overlooking an aquatic slalom course, maintaining a view of your surroundings is key. "The home is really driven by exposure to the landscape," says architect Scott Hughes. The residence was designed to provide not only an optimal platform from which to watch every Raley, backroll, and scarecrow, but also efficient shelter from Florida’s blistering sun and torrential rain. A series of floor-to-ceiling windows along the north facade open the cozy living room, dining room, and kitchen to an expansive vista of bucolic Otter Lake, while a simple corrugated-metal roof shades a terrace and directs cooling breezes through the upper transom. Despite the inlet’s obvious appeal, the resident’s favorite view is actually from his cantilevered master bedroom, where he’s seen bobcats, deer, wild turkey, otters, and even the occasional alligator cruise by.
Project: Ski House H2o
Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
Architect: Hughesumbanhower Architects
A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com