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by Mark Meyer last modified Jan 04, 2012 12:17 AM
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beachHOUSE is an 1100 s.f. 2/2 vacation house in Port Aransas, Tx, mere blocks from the beach.



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Due to VERY tight lot constraints (most builders thought the triangular lot unbuildable for typical stock floor plans) the plan is laid out as a 16' by 64' long rectangle, capped with a 20' by 64' flat roof. The living area projects a wall of sliding glass doors out to the edge of the roof, allowing for an entry under the 4' overhang. A generous deck mitigates the distance between finish floor and ground required by FEMA flood maps and provides additional space for outdoor lounging.

Long horizontal clerestory windows line the tops of the rooms along the back of the house. Since there are no views to speak of along the North elevation the opportunity to bring in lots of diffuse north light was taken advantage of.

Because of the corrosive salt environment and since the house is a vacation home, Snap-Lock galvalume siding was applied to the three sides of the building. This allows for an inexpensive and low maintenance siding solution.

8" SIP panels compose the flat roof structure and the frame is of 2x6 on 16" centers, sheathed with 1/2" plywood for the 130 mph wind bracing required of the barrier island location. This project will serve as a prototype for a panelized kit system. Inquiries are welcome.




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