Homes of the Week

PLATINUM | Surf Betty

Port Aransas, Texas

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Photography by Craig McMahon

Architect/Designer | Half Inch of Water Studios
Builder | Half Inch of Water Studios
Interior Designer | Half Inch of Water Studios

Design Statement | This new home breaks the mold of typical beach dwellings by engaging a new modern look. Organized to capture the prevailing breeze and view, the home orients its spaces in a unique way to minimize the typical footprint needs for a 4-bedroom home. The modern look and feel are completely driven by the interior program, with big open spaces to socialize or comfortable nooks for relaxing.

The entry doubles as a shaded dining porch with operable wood screens capable of protecting during the hurricane months; the porch opens on both ends to engage the master patio with its swimming area. A steel stairway leads upstairs to three additional bedrooms and another patio to engage the gulf views and stargazing.

Judges’ Comments | This infill project is cute, fun, and modern. Judges praised the modern staircase, the unique lighting, the “fun, cool ceiling” and the “very cool façade.” 

SILVER | 162 E 18th St.

Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Photography by Pierre Galant Photography

Architect/Designer | amk STUDIO
Builder | South Pointe Construction
Interior Merchandiser | Style to Function

Design Statement | This project was a response to the developer’s goal to develop two single-family homes on one typical single-family lot by making use of the jurisdiction’s small lot ordinance, which allowed for a lot split. The geometry of the site presented a unique challenge/opportunity for an alley-facing unit, which needed its own identity without having street frontage.

For such a small lot, there is an abundance of private outdoor space, including a patio off the kitchen, a carport that doubles as entertaining space off the dining area, and a screened deck on the second floor off the master bedroom.

Judges’ Comments | The judges praised the kitchen and grilling patio. They liked the interior and said the house is “cute, nice, and pleasant.” 

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