The Shelter HouseAuthor:Lindsey Shook
“This home was named “The Shelter House” and designed as a retreat from the physical elements of the coast, but also a peaceful place for the clients to relax, unplug, get away and appreciate the quiet from their busy lives,” says Holly Freres, principal designer at JHL Design on the design of this vacation retreat on the Oregon coast.
After working with the clients on prior projects, Freres knew the style and colors they gravitate towards. “Every element that we specified was something you could easily find in colors and textures in the surrounding environment,” said Freres. She worked with her husband David Horning, founder of Modern Organic Architecture to create this dreamy 2,800-square-foot escape for a busy family that desired a home where they can relax and entertain.
The new home sits on a small ocean-front lot with height restrictions, leaving little room for an expansive footprint, however the teams were able an open space that takes full advantage of the location. “The interior concept was to capture the view and have an open floor plan,” says Freres. “Fireplaces were important to keep the idea of a cozy place to shelter. We designed a fireplace that could be enjoyed from the kitchen, dining and living room as well as the master bedroom.”
The home’s envelope-like architecture gives the clients a unique combination of privacy while providing far-reaching views. “One specific and unique design element is the sliding steel and brass pocket door dividing the master bedroom from the more public space. Since the owners will be at the home by themselves most of the time, they wanted openness and opportunity for views.” commented Horning. Wood-clad walls and ceilings echo the organic exterior while adding architectural texture. Concrete floors add a touch of industrial edge, while providing a neutral canvas for the furnishings and fabrics.
The clients put all their faith into the teams and allowed their expertise to guide the overall design. “We knew the client well when we started the project so we were able to capture all of the elements that were important to them.” said Freres. “They were in awe of the results when they moved into the home.”