The Crosbys desired a sustainable retreat that maximized the views on their barrier island waterfront lot for their young family. We turned to the vernacular dogtrot form to reduce the amount of conditioned space while creating comfortable outdoor living. In dogtrots, also known as "two pens and a passage", one room was typically used for sleeping and the other for cooking. The open center passage was the main sitting area that was cooled naturally by the Bernoulli effect. In this contemporary dog trot, the center hall is the foyer and sitting room. There is a perforated wall and door on the front and a folding perforated wall on the rear that can be closed and locked for security. The master bedroom suite is to the east of the center passage with the great room to the west. The children's rooms are on the second floor.

The large terrace is curved around a live oak tree, with a lap pool and spa centered on the entry which immediately connects you to the specialness of this place. The porch with retractable screens is angled to capture the long view down the river. The boardwalk encircles the terrace to break the distance to grade and thus eliminates the need for guardrails. Though the use of folding walls the house seamlessly transitions from inside to outside.

The light filled great room has operable windows and transoms for great cross ventilation. The south facing windows are protected by the bracketed overhang that is designed to block the summer solstice sun.

Other sustainable strategies include a reflective “cool roof”, cypress reverse board & batten siding, river recovered cypress ceilings, low e impact resistant glass, cellulose foam insulation, a conditioned crawl space, reclaimed heart pine floors, super high-efficiency heat pump with an energy recovery ventilator, instantaneous water heaters, 3-form cabinet inserts, and low voc paint and finishes.

This private retreat connects a young family to the joys of nature and the bounty of the sea.
Crosby REsidence
Ideabooks521
Questions1
“door design” — marjoriecooke
Hot Tub
Ideabooks84
Questions0
“spa and lap pool 1” — dreams4jeanine
Crosby Residence
Ideabooks1,137
Questions2
“2nd view of curved deck & porch” — jkf720170
Crosby Residence
Ideabooks4,404
Questions11
“Side mounted up-light” — J & D Interiors
Crosby Residence
Ideabooks783
Questions1
“summer kitchen” — Amy Kipp
Great room kitchen
Ideabooks3,372
Questions6
“kitchen table/chairs” — nanamom4
Great Room Kitchen
Ideabooks6,427
Questions4
“Ilôt en triangle” — carolinebernard007
Crosby
Ideabooks1,302
Questions0
“I like the rounded edges” — letmein1234
inside & outside kitchens
Ideabooks7,337
Questions4
“Поєднання кухні з терасою” — Oleh Zbarashchuk
Living Room
Ideabooks7,543
Questions9
“COLORS!” — katiemderbes
Outdoor living
Ideabooks587
Questions0
“Curve & step down of deck” — jkf720170
Exterior living
Ideabooks2,542
Questions2
“Lighting” — dholhd
Exterior Living
Ideabooks3,146
Questions9
“Outside Kitchen 14” — daroldparker
Exterior Living
Ideabooks389
Questions0
There are retractable screens between the porch and terrace.
“retractable screens” — heyjude627
Pool Deck
Ideabooks756
Questions2
“Cool deck and pool” — bneilson
Pool Deck
Ideabooks211
Questions0
The fire pit has a top so you don;t have to worry about anyone falling in when it is not in use.
“Plunge/lap pool, doesn't overwhelm the site, fire element” — colmooney
Pool
Ideabooks442
Questions1
“que iede caber en parte.... vibra agua fria,,,oscurita” — dhiskis
Dogtrot Foyer
Ideabooks2,805
Questions3
This is exterior space with a gate on the front and folding walls on the rer. it is a dog trot, which is a traditional southern form that has two pens and a passage. The configuration creates a naturally occuring breeze in the center passage. The passage serves as the foyer to the house the master bedroom is on the left and the great room on the right.
“Southern vernacular forms, especially the dogtrot, which is two masses with an open breezeway in bet” — pierreerasmus
Swimming pool
Ideabooks924
Questions2
“Love how the pool is under the deck” — Rafael Vargas II
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™