run ashore

On April 17, 1877 a lumber schooner, the John S. Lee, was lost at sea. 138 years later, a family set out to build a beach home on Figure Eight Island. The remains of the old schooner were discovered just below the sand. The new beach home is built like a well-designed ship, paying homage to the John S. Lee; crafted from wood, able to weather a heavy storm while affording access to sun, view, and sea breezez from every vantage. The home, Run Ashore, sits lightly on the dunes, organized to give deference to outdoor spaces and unobstructed views.

On water

The project, comprised of a renovated main house and new guesthouse, is located on a three acre peninsula reaching into Futch Creek. The existing 60’s ranch was stripped to its basic
structure, its brick painted white, and large openings added offering views of sunsets across the tidal creek and the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean to the East. A pool terrace connects the structures, while cantilevered steel canopies and a large screened porch provide shade and
breezes from the South. The guesthouse offers visitors their own amenities and access to shared outdoor spaces while affording the owners a sense of privacy.

surf gallery

This home was designed for a couple relocating from the Midwest seeking to enjoy their "empty nest" years near the ocean.  The client impressed early on that they would not only expect the usual programmatic elements of a beach house, but would also like their home to be a functioning  gallery for their extensive modern art collection.  They asked for a contemporary home design, but one whose exterior fits into the context of the surrounding historic beach community.

rust 32

This project consists of an addition and renovations to a waterfront home.  Adaptations to the structure focused on providing additional living space for a young family, maximizing views and day lighting, and balancing updated form and styling. The design team strived to develop useful and engaging spatial relationships, as well as to utilize systems and materials that provide bold texture and perform optimally in harsh coastal environment.


By a lake in the midst of a traditional neighborhood rests a villa called Dragonfly. Like its namesake, the home gently sits by the water's edge appearing poised to take flight. Two wings housing sleeping, cooking, eating, and bathing areas are positioned opposite one another, joined by a windowed interstitial living space from which inhabitants can enjoy an intimate private courtyard view on one side and an expansive lake vista on the other. 


This renovated home sits on approximately 1 acre in a neighborhood bordering Pages Creek. The challenge was to update the home with a new modern aesthetic and open the house up to a newly refined landscape. The existing house happened to sit in a perfect alignment to the solar north/south axis. By bisecting the house along the east/west axis and installing a continuous skylight over the resulting rip, the house is filled with daylight and captures perfect sunrises and sunsets during the calendar Equinox. The use of concrete panel rainscreen, steel, copper, and oak give the house new vitality.

point 3

This residence, for a couple retiring to the North Carolina coast, occupies a site cradled by a picturesque par three golf hole with views across the Intracoastal Waterway through an inlet to the ocean. Surrounded by native grasses it sits perched on a hill, reminiscent of a scene from an Andrew Wyeth painting, it works in harmony with the golf course to become a seamless terrain.


This home is located on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The owners requested a contemporary design that is also referential to the character of the coastal community and environment in which it is situated; where enjoyment of views, breezes, and water could be exploited in every space.  The architect piled this analogy throughout in the planning and detailing of the home - taking as inspiration fine wooden powerboats like those manufactured by Riva and Chris Craft.