The Beach House

San Diego, California
This project page was created by community member Modern Architecture Services

Set atop San Diego's Sunset Cliffs Beaches, this three-story home takes advantage of ocean views from balconies and expansive windows at each level. Home to two established writers, two young daughters, dogs, cats, and plenty of house plants, it was essential to have spaces designed for family time together, as well as separate spaces for work and play.
The second story, boasts a large open kitchen space that overlooks the dining and living spaces with a central cooking island that faces the expansive balcony overlooking the ocean. To maximize access to the salty ocean air breeze, glass french and accordion style doors open along the west facing walls. A visual nod to the design of a Lifeguard Tower is expressed in the large roof overhang and V-shape galvanized steel support bars. The third story lookout offers an inspiring 180 degree view and space to encourage creative thinking as the home office. Owners Jeff and Teri wanted central space for the family to commune together, as well as separate areas for themselves and their two daughters. The children's rooms are located on the first floor, with their own bathroom, and access to the play areas in the back yard. The dogs and cats also enjoy easy access to the backyard space in this vibrantly bustling home. The third story master suite retreat space opens to a whimsical boat-bow balcony on a more intimate deck space for the couple to enjoy together.

The main dining area's accordion door opens up to the balcony with an ocean view and salty breeze. Above the dining space sits the 3rd story home office with 180 degree views.

Kitchen Island work station overlooks the living room with fireplace, expansive balcony with ocean views, and the dining and bar areas that overlook the backyard (out of frame).

Three stories of ocean views, and a unique boat-bow balcony offers a bit of humor to this beachy neighborhood.

Accordion glass doors open up to create an indoor/outdoor dining and entertaining experience. During the day, natural light floods the main rooms for the kids and animals to play or nap in the sun.

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