Pirates Cove - Richard H. Dodd
Full residential architectural services in Orange County, CA area from concept to construction
residential architect, Newport Beach CA, Architectural Styles Orange County, residential remodel, custom home design, residential construction, AIA, Richard H Dodd, Richard Dodd, ADU, Granny Units, Tustin, Orange County, architect, Orange County Architect, Architect
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Pirates Cove

About This Project

The owners were sensitive to the quality of their design, as well as maintaining the integrity of the structure and materials.  The design evolved into multilevel spaces fitting into the natural rocks where, in some cases, the rocks become the actual walls.

The exterior materials were chosen to harmonize with the site, as well as for low maintenance.  The basic wall materials are cedar shingles left to weather and a natural handmade brick.  The glass is bronze and sloping roofs are copper which the salt air has weathered a patina finish. One enters the home through bronze gates into a rock garden atrium and then into the main entry.  The entry ceiling and adjacent circulation areas are vaulted rising above flat ceilings.  Clearstory windows provide accent and light for interior spaces while the flat and vaulted ceilings provide a sense of separation without physical barriers.

Interior spaces flow from one level to another divided by natural rock, planters or cabinetry.  Zoning of living and sleeping areas are obtained by wrapping the plan around a private central patio.  From the bedroom areas one can see through the patio and/or over the living areas to the water beyond. Most of the furniture was designed and built by Sam Maloof for the owners so as to be compatible with the overall design. A furniture maker, Werner Rentz, was engaged to build the cabinetry.  The kitchen cabinets are rosewood with solid rosewood edges outlining earthy laminated plastic doors and drawers.  The countertops are laminated hard rock maple.

New Custom Home, Residential