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was more about cloistered functionality than it was about light and flow. Essentially, we needed to create a light-filled, urban beach house, where the owners could really feel they were on vacation.” In designing the remodel, the architect retained some elements of the original house, including some exterior walls, two bedrooms and the pool. “We worked with both 16 the perimeter and the existing footprint, but pulled the house out towards the view, and gave it a much more modern form.” The new roofline is defined by white banded soffits that emphasize the strong horizontality of the architecture. Above the living room, the roof soars to a dramatic gullwing overhang that helps to draw the eye out to the view. Trapezoidal clerestory windows more renovations at heighten the sense of the roof lifting, enhancing the feeling of light and space. To open up the exterior, the original garage was replaced with a carport. “We utilized the concept of addition by subtraction to maximize space and light throughout the project,” says the architect. “This subtraction reinforces the facade’s horizontal gesture. It also meant we could create an airy entry that brings natural light deep into the interior.” The link between outside and inside is also enhanced by the window wall at the entry, and by a pebble garden that appears to run right through the glass. A large double-sided fireplace provides another visual connection between inside and out, linking the living room with a terrace.