Western Home Awards

Discover the winners of our awards for innovative home design in the West

Stinson Beach, California

Blurring boundaries

WHA 2006 Stinson Beach

Major rooms are surrounded by decks and outdoor living spaces.

Matthew Millman

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  • WHA 2006 Stinson Beach

    Major rooms are surrounded by decks and outdoor living spaces.

Merit Award: Custom house

This beach house, at once polished and rustic, embodies casual indoor-outdoor living.

Why it won: The home was inspired by well-known Bay Area architect William Wurster, who designed the earlier structure that burned down. His brand of under-stated California modernism allows for the present home's easy flow to wind-protected outdoor spaces. The H-shaped plan puts the living/dining area at the center. To meet seismic codes and federal requirements for homes in high-risk coastal zones, the structure sits on wood posts with rod bracing like a fishing pier, permitting floodwaters to run underneath.

 

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