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Issue 8 · Water Crisis · February 25, 2014

Steal This Look: A Seaside Beauty in Marin

Issue 8 · Water Crisis · February 25, 2014

If we had a seaside vacation home, we'd want ours to be architecturally refined, eco-friendly, and ultimately casual, just like the Seadrift House by San Francisco-based CCS Architecture. Located a half-hour's drive north of San Francisco, the 1,900-square-foot second home suits a three-generation Bay Area family. All energy for the house—including electricity, hot water, and heating and cooling—is generated via photovoltaic cells that actually send power back to the local grid. The house accommodates abundant entertaining, with variably sized lounging areas spread across several decks and patios. Here are some ideas for recreating the look:

N.B.: See more of Cass Calder Smith's architecture in his new monograph, Eat Live Work.

Project photography by Matthew Millman.

CCS Architecture Seadrift/Gardenista

Above: A Mediterranean planting anchors the courtyard of the Seadrift House, located in a gated vacation community at the tip of Stinson Beach in Marin County. Neighboring homes include designs by California architectural greats Joseph Esherick and William Wurster. (See a Wurster design in The Cult of the Courtyard: 10 Homes with Amazing Interior Light.)

Seadrift House in Stinson Beach California by CCS Architecture, Gardenista

Above: In anticipation of rising sea levels, local code requires any new construction to be at least three feet above grade. So CCS designed the house as a "pier," building decks that step down toward the water. Outdoor furniture is by American designer Richard Schultz, who designed the collection in 1966 to meet Florence Knoll's need for weatherproof outdoor furniture.

Western Red Cedar Lumber, Gardenista

Above: CCS used vertical cedar siding on the house with a bleaching oil finish in gray. Photograph via Bear Creek Lumber.

Richard Schultz for Knoll 1966 Dining Chair, Gardenista

Above: The 1966 Dining Arm Chair by Richard Schultz is $1,193 from Knoll.

Richard Schultz for Knoll Dining Table, Gardenista

Above: The 1966 Dining Table Rectangle; $2,499 from Knoll.

Richard Schultz for Knoll Chaise, Gardenista

Above: The 1966 Adjustable Chaise; $2,713 from Knoll.

Room and Board Chaise in Gray, Gardenista

Above: A little less pricey, the Montego Chaise with Cushion from Room & Board is $1,579 for the combination shown here: stainless steel and cement Sunbrella canvas.

Blue and Silver Richard Schultz 1966 Table for Knoll, Gardenista

Above: The 1966 20-by-32-Inch End Table in Silver and Marine Blue by Richard Schultz; $1,231 at YLiving. 

Stainless Steel Swimming Ladder, Gardenista  

Above: The house has a water-level dock for swimming and boating; for a similar ladder, consider the Three Step Stainless Steel Dock Ladder; $545 from 

Large Cape Rush Plant, Gardenista

Above: Cape Rush, or Chondropetalum tectorum, is a good choice for seaside vacation homes; it tolerates drought, excessive watering, and everything in between.

Outdoor Directional Lighting, Gardenista

Above: For directional outdoor lighting, the AWL.46 Wall Light is $348 from YLighting. 

Modern Chrome Outdoor Lantern Sconce, Gardenista

Above: For a less pricey modern outdoor lantern, try the Incandescent 1 Light Outdoor Wall Lantern by Progress Lighting; $38.79 from Wayfair.

Keep exploring waterside design in 10 Easy Perennials for the Seaside GardenA Seaside Landscape in Northern France, and A Historic Farm, Ocean Views Included

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