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An Empire Contracting Custom Home

New Construction, Residential

An Empire Contracting Custom Home

We constructed this precisely designed and executed home for David and Anne, who became good friends during the construction period. The home was designed by Sara Warshaw of Warshaw Architect, and even though this being her first project at The Sea Ranch, this home could not be more in keeping with the local architecture. Lisa Scott provided Construction Oversight, and her expertise in detailing was invaluable.

The exterior of the home is clad in clear cedar 1×6 Siding, the windows and sliding glass doors are bronze aluminum, and the roof is metal, standing seam. From the front door, there is a fantastic view straight through the sliding glass door across the Foyer, to the bluff top beyond. The palette of finishes inside are simple and natural: Douglas fir ceilings and paneling, Heath tiles, and heated concrete floors. The walls are finished off in integrally colored plaster, giving them a feeling of depth. A sunken sitting room, heated by a Rais Fireplace, is the ideal spot to spend the afternoon.

“The Fishrock House settles into its gently sloping site with a minimum of intrusion and almost no displacement of land. The small footprint is composed of two wings linked by a glazed sunroom. This skewed ‘H’ creates two wind-protected outdoor areas: a private somewhat shady entry court, and a sunny porch on the meadow side. While The Sea Ranch palette of materials and forms is limited by design, there is a play between transparent and solid and an emphasis on the oblique view that draws from a modernist vocabulary. Here the ‘box’ has been unfolded, creating spaces with many corners where structure, function and form come together to articulate a modest yet open living arrangement. The grey metal roof rolls over the glazed sunroom evoking the winter sea.” —Sara Warshaw, Architect

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