One of the major advantages of living in a region with agreeable weather and more than a fair share of coastline is the amount of time one can dedicate to being outdoors. All around the Pacific, people are preoccupied with an aquatic lifestyle, and not surprisingly, this is reflected in the architecture of the region.
Clean-lined, open-plan structures that incorporate good indoor-outdoor flow predominate, says Kim Veltman, principal of Kim Veltman Architecture.
"Well suited to the climate, these types of properties also lend themselves to a variety of entertaining options."
Asked to design a family home for this elevated site, Veltman and the owners, Jan and Peter Jeffery, eventually settled on a contemporary design with multiple outdoor areas and extensive views from nearly every room.
"The biggest challenge of the project was due to the topography of the land," says Veltman. "While it's a large site, it falls steeply away at the rear, which required some clever thinking to overcome."