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A large oceanfront estate, this project builds upon an existing regency
style home originally designed by noted architect John Volk. Constructed
in 1946, the existing house was essentially preserved but completely
and painstakingly reconstructed, from top to bottom, to meet current
building codes. Extensive additions triple the original amount of living
area creating a generous floor plan, well suited to entertaining family
and friends. Numerous project amenities include a detached guest house,
separate beach house, extensive gardens, and a pedestrian passageway
under State Road A1A, which bisects the property. A highly restrictive
community and multiple governing authorities presented considerable
permitting and approval challenges.
Constructed with a shell of reinforced concrete and an interior of plaster over light gauge steel framing, the house is designed to be hurricane and fire resistant. Special systems include a computer controlled lighting system with a 600 amp, three-phase electrical service and a 250kw back-up generator. A commercial type HVAC system employs numerous local heat-pumps with a 110 ton remote cooling tower. Freshwater demand, for landscape irrigation, is offset by a rainwater collection system incorporating a 50,000 gallon underground cistern.
Project Architect: Patrick Brennan
Project Designer: Cynthia R. Brennan, Sam Wong
Landscape Design: Cynthia R. Brennan
Native Plant Consultant: Dr. Fred R. Landrum
Interior Design: A&I Design Partners, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Alan Gerwig, P.E.
Electrical Engineer: James S. Gillespie, P.E.
Mechanical Engineer: Robert Davenport, P.E.
General Contractor: Staruk Wood Builders, Inc.
Residential - Renovation & Addition