Stinson Beach, Calif.
Architect/Designer | CCS ARCHITECTURE
Builder | Allen Construction
Interior Designer | CCS ARCHITECTURE
Photographer | Paul Dyer
Marin County coastal codes require houses in this zone to be notably elevated above sea level, which results in houses being quite high in relation to Stinson Lagoon and ocean. This creates a situation in which the buildings have two sides: northward, decks and steps cascade down to the water, while the south side is more level and expansive with exposure to the southern sun.
With this dual orientation, the main spaces of the house open up for maximum indoor/outdoor living. Stinson has spectacular natural light, so this dual orientation also captures as much light and fresh air as possible.
The form of the house is essentially a courtyard, with the higher roof cantilevering over the courtyard entry to create an iconic portal to the house as seen from the road. The exterior is sided with clear-heart western red cedar. The flat portion of the roof has photovoltaic solar panels, which generate all electrical needs, resulting in nearly a net-zero energy house.