Private Oceanside Residence


Tybee Island, GA

This unique Oceanside beach home consisted of new construction of a three story beach front residence, on a .22 Acre Lot. The design also includes steel columns and beams along the porches and cantilevered area.  The design of this home would stand up to strong winds produced by hurricanes.

We created a unique design that included incorporating green passive elements to catch breezes and shield direct sunlight. They also added solar panels to the roofs to capitalize on Tybee’s Solarize program, which offered a 30 percent federal tax credit through 2016.

Performing sun-angle studies for every season and then made slight adjustments on porches and overhangs to make sure the sun would not directly shine into the house. We were also careful to place the new house so it would be in balance with the old house and the environment, aiming to have the smallest footprint possible.  While we were allowed to have a 50 percent impact on the dune protection zone, the new house has only a 10 to 15 percent impact.

Constructed of concrete and steel with wood framing, it has an exterior of Hardi Plank siding painted Cape Cod gray and accented with a sandy-tan trim. The inspiration for this choice came from an architectural model of a building the owners had seen in a museum. They asked us to bring its nautical motion and movement into the façade of their new home.

In accordance with code, a garage and elevator entrance is on the street level. Above that are the bedrooms and the main living area is situated on the top floor, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.