A House on the Water Inspiration for Living at the Water's by Robert Knight

By Robert Knight

Dwelling in a home at the water is a virtually common wish. individuals are obviously attracted to the water -- either for sport and rest -- and websites at the water promote quick. yet what's it rather wish to continue to exist the water? Maine architect Robert Knight explores 24 houses during this booklet that symbolize striking examples of the connection of residence to water -- beach, lakeside, and riverside -- with transparent clarification of the layout and building information essential to create a gorgeous condominium which may stand up to the occasionally critical stipulations on the waters facet. With assistance from three hundred colour images and placement plans, a home at the Water offers with those concerns effectively, and the strategies to those technical difficulties increase the standard of the layout instead of forcing compromises in it. even if you're actively making a domestic on the waters part or just dreaming approximately it, a home at the Water presents either thought and invaluable layout suggestion for a house that respects the beach, suits into the environment, and is outfitted to resist the original stipulations of the location for generations to come back. «Bob Knight is a sailor and an architect. His lifelong event with boats, how they take a seat within the water, how they do the activity for which they have been meant, how gracefully they deal with their setting are all mirrored in Bobs method of houses and their layout. His paintings is knowledgeable, yet now not constrained to, the sensibilities of conventional layout. Like a very good naval architect, the outcome is a undertaking that matches its harbor or site.» --John okay. Hanson Jr., Maine Boats & Harbors journal «A residence at the water is the dream of many. listening to the slap of waves. having fun with the atmosphere sunlight shimmering like pink paint at the water. observing birds skim over the outside. Bob Knight presents us with such awesome houses, wonderful pictures, and the wish that sometime we, too, may have a house at the water.» --Michael Carlton, domestic & backyard Editor, Yankee journal «Emphasizing the methods sturdy structure impacts conception and temper, Robert Knight bargains necessary classes in tips on how to create a waterside domestic that embraces either its web site and its occupants.» --Jeff booklet, Senior Editor, Coastal residing in regards to the writer Architect Robert Knight, AIA is the valuable and founding father of Knight affiliates in Blue Hill, Maine. Knights homes have seemed in a few guides, together with Tauntons developing the now not So great apartment.

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The lot was tiny and 45 the footprint of the new house and patio almost filled it up, so the architect carefully controlled all the remaining exterior spaces and defined everything with fences and plantings. ” The Language of Waves One of the house’s distinguishing features is the waveform roof. This design grew out of the owners’ request for a house that would be extremely resistant to wind, winddriven rain, and salt spray. Techler felt that a curved roof would allow the wind to flow over the building more easily, would minimize uplift in strong winds, and would be a comfortable shape to clad in lead-coated copper, which was his material of choice for durability in this harsh ı The porch floor decking is flush with the concrete apron of the patio, which in turn steps over a low sea wall to the beach.

Here, under a garden pergola, “Cranking the Box” still cooled by the southwest breezes of a summer afternoon. As the shadows lengthen, this house that’s so expressed more simply than the daytime living areas. ), and Island waterfront. of the bedroom wing (at right) echo the large roof overhangs that shade the large doublehung windows on this east-facing side of the house. A Quiet Fit § The somewhat more prosaic spaces of the bedrooms are Sunshades on the corner 26 you can finish the day away from the harsher waterfront, Corner windows and a low window seat frame the view from this first-floor bedroom, while the sunshades outside keep out the high hot sun of summer.

In many Bay Area towns, the houses along the water crowd out all views of the water, and any sense of a building or its occupants is mostly of double-wide garage doors, relieved by occasional splashes of tropical greenery. But this house stands out from its one- and two-story neighbors in that it serves as a graceful bridge between land and water rather than an imposing barrier. 28 The doors to the central hallway open wide, providing a direct connection between the water and the private garden on the landward side.

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