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On the third-story deck off the owners’ bedroom, an overhang shields the interiors from solar gain.

Pale French white oak floors from The Essentials Collection by Grato evoke the color of sand (left). Daylight spills through the double-height stair shaft (right), where slatted panels pay homage to dune fencing.

The first-floor family room overlooks the Atlantic through a 12.5-foot-tall bank of Weather Shield windows and doors. A white sofa from Design Within reach and a glass Donghia table let views take center stage.

Beachfront Getaway

An airy, modern haven takes in views of Bethany Beach

Donald Lococo Architects

In their clever design of a custom getaway in Bethany Beach, Delaware, architects Donald Lococo and David Moore maximized sea vistas and natural light while minimizing solar heat gain. Angling the roofs up on the ocean side met local roof-pitch requirements and expanded views through walls of windows. Overhangs, porch roofs and decks screen the home from the harsh sun.

Twin stair flights, placed end to end, connect the five-bedroom, seven-bath home’s three levels. Indoors and out, slat elements reference dune fencing—a local staple that helps preserve the coastal environment. Wire-brushed shou sugi ban fins in a slat motif detail the façade while interior slats line its staircases. Daylight filters through the stair shaft from above, illuminating the interiors from this central core.

"I admire the fusion of modern elements to highlight the natural environment of sun, waves and dunes.”
—Barbara Hawthorn, jurist


Architecture & Interiors: Donald Lococo, AIA; David Moore, Donald Lococo Architects. Builder: Shay Gallo Construction.


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