The Kingston Beach House is a custom modern residence on a shoreline property northwest of Seattle. The building site is an infill lot between two existing homes, with a small hillside behind. The overall massing of the home derives from county requirements for flood elevation, view blockage and shoreline setbacks. Consideration is also given to protected outdoor spaces with views of the beach.
Divided into two zones, the home has an open and light-filled great room with views towards the water and a 2-story zone with bedrooms and other secondary spaces. An upstairs flex room provides a cozy lookout towards the water, while an ADU on the main floor allows for a separate space for visitors and extended family. Contrary to popular design decisions, the main bedroom and bunk room are inward focused, located away from the view. A series of tiered decks provide ample outdoor space while solving the challenge of a 4′ required flood elevation floor height. An integrated outdoor kitchen is easily accessible both from the main kitchen and the outdoor eating area. Strategically located foot washing stations help keep sand outside despite the generous openings afforded by the large sliding doors.
Over the great room is a sedum green roof while a true rooftop vegetable garden (not accessible to deer!) is adjacent to that. An exterior palette of muted grays reflects the surrounding environment, while providing a durable skin against the coastal weather. On the interior, the beach vibe continues with light colors and durable concrete floors. Although Douglas Fir is a popular Pacific Northwest choice, here it makes sense to go with a lighter maple for the doors, windows and protective wainscot in the great room. Thoughtful consideration is also given to specific storage areas and built-ins throughout the home.
Design by: Studio Zerbey Architecture + Interiors
Built by: Clark Construction