Ask the Expert: Architect Geoff Chick Shares About Creating a Dreamy Beach Getaway

beach home exterior
Photography by Colleen Duffley

This home away from home provides a welcomed respite for a Kentucky couple and their family. Holidays and beach getaways are enjoyed in this 4,390 square foot home with ample space for gathering, lounging, and cooking. Architect Geoff Chick shared how he transformed this project into a timeless, clean, and light-filled oasis! Keep reading for a tour of the home and Geoff’s insightful answers to all of our questions about this project.

Interior Designers: Home Design Group, Builder: Chris Clark.

1. How did you and the client meet?

The clients had, several years prior, interviewed me to design a smaller home for them in the same community, but I did not get the job. We stayed in touch through the builder, Chris Clark, and they gave me a second chance to earn their business after selling the first house. The new project was larger and more personal to them, so they were looking for a more hands-on collaboration to bring their vision to life.

Photography by Colleen Duffley

2. Did the client have any absolutes that they wanted to include in the project?

My favorite feature they requested was the dormitory bunk room. From the outside, we clad the walls in louvered panels to make it look like an enclosed porch, and the vaulted ceilings inside look like exposed porch roof framing.

master suite with vaulted ceiling
Photography by Colleen Duffley
guest room
Photography by Colleen Duffley

3. Any unique challenges to the property from a design standpoint?

The home has a ground floor master suite with a vaulted ceiling, which is a challenge on a small lot. They also wanted an incredible guest suite above the two-car garage. We used the attic space in the garage roof to vault the ceiling in the apartment living and then wrapped the entire space in windows. We also cut a large barn door into the bedroom to give a diagonal view through the square space to make it feel much larger than it is.

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