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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

Even though the Figure Eight land mass is scarcely one-tenth of a mile wide at that point, Farlow says this second home presents a totally differ- ent environment than the first. Built against the dune, the ground level vehicle garages and storage rooms abut the retaining wall. The first floor, cantilevered above grade, doubles as a porte-cochère entrance for the driveway. The unassuming east elevation street- side façade belies the structural mastery of the hidden west elevation. Here an open second story trellis soars above the first level deck, which floats just inches above the dune line, and the landscape drops ten feet to the waterline. The view of Figure Eight’s exquisite creeks and marsh islands unfolds in the scene beneath storied live oak trees. The house is nestled into the tree canopy. The home’s interior surrounds a central entry hall. Sunlight pours into rooms from east facing windows that frame ocean views. The west wall, shaded during the morning hours, comes alive at sunset. Decorated in a palate of rich pastels, this first floorplan supports four bed- rooms for the family’s children and their guests and a living room reserved for them. Sliding glass doors open to the deck, which spans the length of the house. Leading from the deck, steps descend down the steep embankment to a floating dock and kayak launch. David Erwin of North State Gardens designed this approach. “We needed to access the house down to the water,” Erwin says. Reshaping the dune and scaling the steep grade was a challenge. The job required a lot of hand work because it was not possible to move machinery on the creek side of the dune without disrupting the live oak tree roots. From this vantage point, looking back toward the house, the architecture of the home is rivaled by the majesty of the natural site. Continued on page 64 60 WBM may 2013


Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013
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