Hicks/Schwamb Neahkahine Beach House
MH: I like open shelving in the kitchen for ease of identification of where at least the most commonly used dishes are kept. Do open shelves (and the dishes on them) require more maintenance because of dust collection, especially in a vacation home that is not used every day? Would see-through cabinets be a good alternative to non-see through cabinets? This photo: https://www.houzz.com/magazine/your-guide-to-a-beach-style-kitchen-stsetivw-vs~124508541?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u12105&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery9_11&newsletterId=12105
MH: I like this style of (frameless) cabinetry.
MH: I like the ceiling, the no-frills, and the bright color of the chairs in contrast to the industrial/raw colors of the rest of the kitchen.
MH: I generally like the esthetic and utility of industrial style kitchens. I like open shelving although understand that cabinets may make sense to prevent dust from accumulating on the dishes. Some open shelving may be nice, though, to put some cups, bowls, plates, and silverware that are in use and circulation while at the beach house, and then stored in cabinets while away. If the materials (concrete, brick, stainless steel, etc) would tend to drive up the cost, I would prefer other materials and a different style. Wooden beams in the ceiling would be nice, though.
MH: No on this design. Too constipated, too formal, and the coats are hanging in the closet. I think that coats in a beach house on the Oregon coast are best left in the open to air out, drip out, and dry out.
MH: Too formal, not very practical for a beach house entry way that's going to see some messy action.
MH: I like the height of the bench to accommodate boots, but in our place, I would want much more bench area with shoe storage underneath, some of the shoe storage with a shelf in the middle for 2 levels of regular shoe storage, and way more hooks, maybe in staggered pattern. I think the number of baskets is overkill for us, I can't imagine what we would store in there, and I like see-through storage containers. I cold see storing beach towel on these shelves, without baskets. We don't need pillows. This is a working space that's going to get dirty, a space that is passed through on the way to somewhere else, not to linger.
MH: I like the staggered hooks for hanging, and the flooring materials/colors/textures/patterns. Consider a taller bench that would accommodate tall boots under it, and make one half of the shoe storage space under the bench for tall boots, and the other half 2 levels as shown here for regular shoes.
MH: I like the light fixture. I also like that there is lots of seating and no clutter. The wall hooks are great for hanging wet jackets as long as the bench below can handle the water, mud, and sand drip. I'm not a fan of the design of the shoe storage. probably better to have at least some space for tall rain boots, and good ventilation to the boots to dry them out. I'd prefer all open storage in this area, and as many hooks for hanging wet stuff as possible. The hooks could be staggered, one a bit higher and one a bit lower, if this would help allow more space on the wall to hand stuff.
MH: I'd like to have a place for broom and dustpan. It makes it easier for us and guests to locate and will probably mean that messes will be more likely to get cleaned up.
MH: Good idea for space efficiency. How do these doors hold up to use compared with traditional hinged doors?
MH: We may not have a window in our pantry, but having a place to store at least a couple of cookbooks may be worth considering. We currently keep meals at the beach really simple and don't tend to use cookbooks, but this may change over the years as we spend more time there. I suppose that we could always just figure out where to store cookbooks when needed and don't need to build shelving at this time.
MH: I like the shallow depth of this shelving in the case where pull out drawers or risers are not going to be used.
MH: I like this idea for corners that would otherwise be unusable or where stuff would become lost in the dark recesses of the shelf.
MH: Use clear plastic containers/baskets so that stuff inside is easily visible.
MH: Good idea for a home where we're not worried about guests falling off the ladder.
MH: If using deep (front to back) shelves, then use risers in the back so that items in the back are not hidden from view by the items in front. Use clear plastic containers to hold stuff, not colored containers, so that it's easy to see what's in the containers.
MH: could use small chalkboards for flexibility in labeling. These drawers seem "manageable" and user-friendly: compartmentalized, pull out all the way, not so deep vertically that stuff gets buried under other stuff. I also like the canister storage used in the lower drawer.
MH: I saw this layout and started wondering about which space people will enter into when coming through the front door of our house.
MH: I really like the idea of grout-less backsplashes because of ease of cleaning and maintenance.
MH: The blue vertical siding looks good on this home, especially with the horizontal element that visually divides the upper from the lower floor. Joe, do you recommend that we don't paint the siding? My preference is to use the siding material that is the most durable and most maintenance-free.
MH: Interesting idea. Seems to be a solution for a space that would otherwise go to waste. I like lazy Susans for corners like this.
MH: Interesting transition in materials and angles of the ceiling. Joe, will the ceilings in our first and second levels be flat? Let's be sure to talk about materials that make sense in terms of aesthetics, function, cost, maintenance, and sustainability.
MH: I included this pic mostly because of the glass which I think is a good option for our place. I'm by no means married to this concept. I don't like the brick fireplace or the style of wood ceiling.
MH: This is what i envision for the ceiling of our place. I'm open to other ideas. Joe, this picture shows a ceiling that i assume follows the pitch of the roof. Are we going to have a true flat roof with no pitch such that the interior ceiling will be flat? would you recommend using the same, continuous ceiling materials in the main level, or do something like what is shown here for the kitchen/living space and maybe something like dry wall for the entry/bathroom spaces?
MH: Let's consider full glass on the west side, and enough glass on the western parts of the south and north walls to capture views of the beach/ocean and Neahkahnie Mountain. On the south side, avoid placing too much glass such that the neighbors to the south could easily see directly our house from their windows. They will probably be able to see into our house from their deck, though.
MH: The glass in this image is what I envision for our place on the south side and west side of the upper level, with maybe just one row of glass and some sort of coverings for privacy.
MH: Nice fencing.
MH: I would envision after showering and rinsing the boards outside, then the boards would be brought up to the east side storage space (the "garage") for storage on racks in there. this looks really nice, though.
MH: I like the pavers and gravel floor of the shower space, and also the proximity of the boards to the shower, or at least to a hose, to rinse after surfing. What's the purpose of the wooden box in the lower left of the image?
MH: What is the benefit of the shower outside the shower concept? Is it because the indoor shower is a good entry space from the outdoor shower?
MH: Siding and windows look nice.
MH: Nice mix of wood and concrete deck. A sunken fire pit may be safer with some sort of railing or guard to prevent people from falling in. Nice landscaping.
MH: I like the continuity of the roof beams from inside to outside and seen through glass. Wood deck looks nice, railing looks nice too.
MH: I like the way the glass opens onto the deck.
MH: Nice ceiling (wood and beams). Nice mix of materials: wood, glass, metal, concrete (?) floors, brick/tile, drywall. Dark metal glass frames look nice.
MH: How would this flooring material hold up in a beach house?
MH: Well, what do y'all think about an extended roof/covering over the deck?
MH: The recessed storage boxes in the island look nice and may serve some functional purpose, but I would think that the tendency for them to get cluttered and dirty would be more of a pain than a help.
MH: I prefer to have the D/W next to the sink. I'm not sure if the cabinet shown here to the right of the drawers is a D/W, a trash/recycling cabinet, or something else. Let's think through the best place to locate the appliances, sink, counter tops, trash/recycling, etc for best workflow.