This site was problematic in spite of its dramatic location on the ocean bluff. It is marshy because of its setting in a drainage swale, and is subject to flying golf balls from the adjacent Sea Ranch golf course. After installing extensive sub-grade drainage, we made sure only small windows faced the golf course... at time of writing they remain intact.
We designed the building as an ending to the closely-spaced row of houses which face the ocean, by turning its North wing, towards the golf course. The West-facing master bedroom flanks the South side of the living room. The living room is oriented axially to the principal view of a rocky cove to the Northwest. This arrangement helped us to create a sunny entry garden, sheltered from the weather on three sides. The floor levels of the house follow the natural topography as it falls away towards the ocean, so the entry and the bedroom level is a couple of feet above the TV area and the kitchen/dining level, which in turn is another couple of feet above the living room. As one enters the front door there is an immediate dramatic view, across the living spaces to the rocks and white-water beyond.