Home on the Intracoastal Waterway

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Location
  • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 3500
  • Lot Size
  • 15000sf
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project page was created by community member Gardner Architects LLC

    The Intracoastal Waterway runs along the east coast of the United States, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and comprising many kinds of waterways. This project sits on one of those waterways – the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal – in a wooded beach neighborhood and facing perennial wetlands.

    The design agenda called for a sensitive response to climate and site. The house is sited to maximize views to the canal and wetlands, simultaneously providing a variety of protected and shaded exterior spaces. The form of the house is split by a glazed entry foyer, offering views along a continuous boardwalk from the streetside through the foyer to the canal and marsh.

    Creating a shaded place, saving all the trees on site, capturing yet protected from sun and breeze, maximizing views, creating habitat for bees, birds, and other flora and fauna – these are some of the project’s sustainable strategies employed to decrease energy demand and enhance building-site synergies.

    The project focuses on passive sustainable strategies in order to decrease energy demands, and burden on the local utilities, and enhance building-site synergy. By creating a highly performance building envelope, employing a geothermal system, careful zoning, and employing an energy recovery ventilator, energy costs are minimized. Operable windows and skylights, including in the open, gabled stairway, allow for natural ventilation and take advantage of the stack effect. Reclaimed and recycled materials, LED lighting, and extensive native plantings comprise some of the sustainably minded elements of the project.

    The home is a home for the beach, not a suburban home transplanted to the beach. The heart of the home is where the towels are! Spaces for circulation, gathering, and chance encounters of the extended family and friends who gather and hang about the inside and outsides spaces. The kitchen bridges the interior and exterior, linking a porch with the living and dining areas. Materials are matter of fact, rough-hewn, utilitarian. A home for the grill, kayaks, laundry, outdoor showers, and beach storage were as important as spaces for sleeping, eating, hanging out.

    Site Plan.

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    Sustainable strategies employed.

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    Inspired by a shared interest in sustainable design and artfully crafted buildings, we established Gardner Architects in 2003. We bring to our practice a detail-oriented approach to building design, developed over two decades of professional practice working on a range of projects from large scale commercial and institutional buildings to private homes. The focus of our practice is residential architecture. Whether a project involves a renovation, an addi- tion to an existing building where new meets old, or new construction, we offer full service architectural design services at a highly personalized level for our clients. While our work is unwaveringly devoted to a concern for space, light, order, and craft, it is most importantly guided by our commitment to environmental stewardship through responsible, inventive design. and professional leadership.
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