Halflants + Pichette Architects
The site is divided into 3 small buildable lots. The clients purchased the middle lot, a 56-foot-wide parcel facing the public beach across Anna Maria’s Bay Drive. The two neighboring properties will soon be under development. The 3,500 sf proposed residence is closely bounded by the four setback lines and is elevated a full story to meet a high flood elevation. The site is accessed by alley shared by the 3 new lots at the back of the site.
The intent of the design was to reconnect the elevated house with the small remaining yard outside of the setback lines. From the living space, the house first descends three steps to an elevated pool to again step down another half flight of stairs to a raised wood deck outside of the setbacks. This allows the house to extend to usable exterior spaces visually connected to the interior.
Two double height volumes placed at opposite corners of the floor plan tie the living levels together and add spatial interest to the circulation. The office on the top living level looks through the double height living down to the pool below and the beach beyond. A roof terrace, accessed by an exterior stair, provides a private outdoor space in proximity to the master suite. A large cut in the roof offers a view down to the pool and the yard below.