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PROJECT Marsh House
LOCATION Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, US
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 9/15/2015
ARCHITECT McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT Boardwalk Builders / Patty McDaniel
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Boardwalk Builders / Patty McDaniel
PHOTOGRAPHER Julia Heine
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Mark McInturff FAIA
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
After over 20 years of working together on a variety of residential and small commercial projects, this Owner/ General Contractor asked this Architect to design her own house. What followed was a give and take exercise in trust and faith.
Sited on a marshy wetlands on the Delaware Bay, the house occupies the only buildable corner of the multi-acre lot.
Directly following the oblique boundaries of the site corner in order to maximize the tiny buildable area, the house forms an oblique “L” at this corner and opens the interior corner of the L through a tall fan-shaped screened porch.
Sliding glass doors on both floors open the interior directly to this space, extending the interior to the porch and the marsh beyond.
Douglas fir windows and doors are important to the interior expression, and the use of fir is carried through to interior cabinets and soffits.
A dark cork floor recalls the dark water of the Marsh, further uniting interior and exterior and serving to ground the simple surfaces of wood and plaster.
In the end, the project memorializes years of history, admiration and mutual respect between the architect and the owner/builder.
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