Hicks/Schwamb Neahkahine Beach House
MH: Let's consider full glass on the west side, and enough glass on the western parts of the south and north walls to capture views of the beach/ocean and Neahkahnie Mountain. On the south side, avoid placing too much glass such that the neighbors to the south could easily see directly our house from their windows. They will probably be able to see into our house from their deck, though.
MH: I think that a single, big sink is more useful than a partitioned sink as pictured here. I like the "convertible" open/closed shelf above the sink. It can be left open when the home is occupied and the dishes are being used, and closed when the home is unoccupied to prevent dust from getting on the dishes. This may end up getting left open, though, by guests and the cleaning crew.
MH: this could be a good concept for our place, minus the shelving on the "west" wall and possibly minus the island. the west wall is the wall with the floor to ceiling cabinet, not the wall with the sink. i like the open shelving in the sink area, although stuff may tend to get dusty between guests on open shelving. I like what appears to be concrete flooring with the area rug under the dining table. i would prefer a table large enough to seat 6-8 people, maybe with built-in extension segment to convert from seating for 4 to seating for 6-8. I would also like to see a countertop extension from the kitchen counter area with seating for 2-3 people, which I would expect would get used a lot. I envision more glass on our south wall than shown here in this home.
MH: I can see how the shading provided by the open wood structure allows for both sun and shade, and this makes a lot of sense in a hot, arid climate. i think that would probably be tough to keep clean, especially from moss, i our climate and would only be a welcome feature for a couple weeks out of the year. I like the esthetics of the shadows that are cast.
MH: I like the idea of some seating just inside the entry door so people can sit and take off/put on shoes. This looks to be a bit too fancy, I would prefer seating that can get wet and is easily cleaned when it gets muddy/sandy. I like being able to see a tree when looking out the entry glass. I like skylights, but this may be a bit too much.
MH: Ilike the combination of decking materials: pavers, coarse pebbles, fine gravel. I like how the plants are integrated into the decking. The seating and fire pit are also nice and would probably get used at our place if outside the west bedroom. Would this be too high-maintenance compared with other options, like a wood deck?
MH: would gravel work in our climate as a ground material outside the lower floor west bedroom? This is the only area, besides maybe for walking paths along the N and S sides, for gravel. Would it tend to get mossy or have weeds? I like the grasses in the boarder planters, and I like the landscaping in general.
MH: This place looks super cool: overall design, materials (horizontal boards, different color woods, etc), lighting, cantilevered roof providing rain shelter). As much as I like the esthetics of the offset upper level spaces, I would think that our place would be best built as a rectangle on top of a rectangle. I think that this is too much glass on the front of the house for us.
MH: This is a nice looking space with a great view. I don't think we need a dedicated work space like this in our beach house, but we should think about where in the house we and guests are going to pull out the laptops, and if we think this sort of space is desirable to guests or to ourselves if we end up spending significant amounts of time at the house.