caribbean cottage

seaside, florida

By design, a southern house is a place of soothing shadows and mild breezes, a refuge from, yet also a part of the landscape. Those qualities are particularly important when the house is constructed at the beach. Also added was  a touch of whimsy.  Horizontal lattice battens cover the crawl space beneath the house. Handrails and an overhead trellis on the porch echo the horizontal pattern, while both interior and the exterior louvered shutters continue the horizontal theme. The town of Seaside is known for its stringent building standards and requires that each house devote 60 percent of street frontage to a porch.  Therefore, a 15' deep porch was designed which acts as a big outdoor living room that fronts both the street and the ocean.