By A1A North Carolina
Blue Avenue has an odd-shaped lot in the historic, coastal Summer Rest neighborhood at the foot of the bridge to Wrightsville Beach. The goal was to introduce a contemporary design into the eclectic vernacular of the well established neighborhood in a way that is inspired by and acknowledges the location but still maintains a modern feel. Overlapping rectangular boxes connect to enclose living spaces that flow between interior and exterior. There are 4,200 square feet of conditioned space with separate public and private entrances and circulation. A standing seam metal roof, brick veneer and Balau siding were selected for resiliency in a harsh coastal environment. The primary entrances have cantilevered porch roods that mimic being peeled back and up to reveal the Balau siding and ceiling to represent the warmth of the home’s interior. Twenty-two 400-watt photovoltaic solar panels generate power on-site. An on-demand gas water heater, foam insulation and tight building envelope ensure energy efficiency is maximized.