The couple loves to cook, and although the kitchen is small, it’s efficient. “We definitely wanted a window over the kitchen sink to take in the views,” said the wife. Miller placed a bay with three windows on each side so they would have ocean views in three directions. The deep sill also offers additional “counter” space. Unable to find the perfect blue to complement the other blue hues in the house, the couple sent a Tiffany box to the stove company to match the blue for the stove enamel. They also wanted a place to display their large collection of 1950s salt-and-pepper shakers. Miller incorporated inset glass shelving just for that purpose. Cabinets are also set above the refrigerator for extra storage. The laundry room and storage room are found tucked away in the basement.
Although the interiors are compact, the exteriors offer loads of living space. Creating outdoor rooms was paramount to the design. A 600-square-foot deck made of Ipe wood creates additional living and entertaining space. “The outdoor spaces really grew organically,” says Miller. “We wanted to maintain the natural environment, preserving the small established pines and other native plantings, so we worked around these elements as much as possible.” Local mason Schooner Grady built the outdoor shower and stone walls around the property. The result of the project is a thoughtful design that respects its National Park status surroundings.[/private]
Other outdoor spaces include a private deck off the first floor guest room, an outdoor shower, and a hot tub. A “moon gate” design frames the second-story balcony, an idea generated by the husband. He says, “When I’m sitting on the deck, I really feel like I’m on the bow of a ship.”