Paradise Found

Paradise Found
Paradise Found
Architect’s modern beach home makes waves with massive walls of glass.

Architect Christian Rice designed his family dream home to be a retreat from the demands of daily work life. Located in the sunny San Diego suburb of Coronado, the home’s modern tropical design was influenced by the architecture of Bali, Hawaii, and Mexico. The open, breezy aesthetic is bolstered by a blurring of boundaries between interior and exterior spaces – specifically through massive moving walls of glass and huge windows.

An open floor plan on the lower level of the 3,000-square-foot property allows for the kitchen, dining, and living areas to merge together, with Western Window Systems Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors opening up the entire side of the house to a backyard boasting a swimming pool and luxuriously appointed patio.

“The outdoor part is really our favorite area, especially the way the home engages with the multi-slide doors.” Christian Rice, Christian Rice Architects, Inc.

Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors glide open to merge the kitchen and dining areas with the backyard.
Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors glide open to merge the kitchen and dining areas with the backyard.

“The outdoor part is really our favorite area, especially the way the home engages with the multi-slide doors,” says Rice, principal of Christian Rice Architects, Inc.. “Being in San Diego, we live outside a good chunk of the year, so that was a primary focus of the design and we really wanted to maximize that outdoor space.”

The multi-slide doors and extensive glazing not only connect the downstairs spaces, but also create lines of transparency through the house.

“Upstairs, pretty much every room has a triple three-foot window, so you have at least nine feet of opening.” Christian Rice, Christian Rice Architects, Inc.

Casement windows swing open to let ocean breezes course throughout the bedrooms.
Casement windows swing open to let ocean breezes course throughout the bedrooms.

Upstairs, multiple casement windows from Western Window Systems invite California sunshine into the rooms and swing outward to let ocean breezes drift throughout the house.

“Upstairs, pretty much every room has a triple three-foot window, so you have at least nine feet of opening,” Rice says.

“The windows and doors are such a key component of the design so we’re definitely really happy with them.” Christian Rice, Christian Rice Architects, Inc.

Architect Christian Rice says glass doors and windows were a key component of his dream home design.
Architect Christian Rice says glass doors and windows were a key component of his dream home design.

Rice used various hardwoods to add an organic feel to his home’s contemporary island vibe, including sapele wood with rainforest mahogany accents and natural redwood on the outdoor deck. “I think the wood is such a unique material that brings a lot of warmth into the contemporary aesthetic,” Rice says.

But the home’s large glass openings take center stage, Rice says. “The windows and doors are such a key component of the design and we’re definitely really happy with them.”

Dealer: Associated Building Supply

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