This modern and refined 1900-square-foot beach house in Stinson Beach, CA, is another fantastic project carried out by CSS Architects is a second home for a three-generation San Francisco family. The design follows a rigorous sustainability program, achieving the Marin Planning Department’s highest rating for resource efficiency. Photovoltaic panels generate the entire home’s electricity, sending surplus energy back to the grid. The living room, kitchen and dining spaces with a diverse and durable mix of materials, comprise the main area, with an adjacent family room. Articulated skylights bring in lots of patterned light. The fire orb rotates to send warmth to the living room or outside to the deck. All the home’s systems—hot water, HVAC, and radiant heating—are integrated, electric-based, and powered by the PV panels on the roof. The house which is basically open plan has been designed thus to accommodate visitors in the high season and the living room opens out completely onto two large and inviting decks with a courtyard on the sunny south side with glass railings for uninterrupted views.
Photos: Matthew Millman
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