Modern beach homes have come a long way from their humble background when they were just shabbily made holiday retreats that promised little in terms of luxury. Today a beach house combines contemporary comfort and aesthetics with the alluring charm of waves and sand outside the window in a seamless and mesmerizing fashion.
Designed by Colle-Croce the beautiful family residence is mainly clad in metal and concrete with both materials bringing plenty of textural variance and shaping a unique façade. It is the lower half of the structure that is made up of concrete and a steel structure covered in metallic sheets sits on top of this sturdy base.
Another amazing aspect of this idyllic home is its ability to function as an effectively zero-energy home thanks to different sections of the roof that serve as a cool roof and living room solar-powered heat pumps heated concrete floors and top-notch insulation that saves energy considerably. Combining picture-perfect aesthetics with green technology and undisturbed tranquility this is a summer home that is truly exceptional in every sense of the word!
The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
The extensive use of operable timber shutters was much more than a style choice as these smart shutters allowed the homeowners to easily switch between complete privacy unabated ocean views and an intermediate stage that offers a bit of both along with filtered sunlight. They also protect the beach house from rough coastal weather and offer a protective covering for the large glass windows and the interior.