The Neskowin Beach House is located on a wooded hillside above a dramatic stretch of Oregon’s Central Coast. Designed for an executive at Nike, a poet, and their family, the house is built to provide shelter from the elements, while taking advantage of the property’s unique position and sweeping views of the surrounding forests, headlands and pristine beaches. It is a true writer’s retreat, offering space for work, solitude, solace and intimacy.
The compact, three-level, home is composed as a calm and crafted box of cedar and hemlock, with subtle modulations that orient to light and the landscape. Unified within and without by a shifting board and batten pattern, the house reads as a single body with deeply-set apertures. Inside, a wood stove, double-height living and dining space form the heart of the residence, with adjacent kitchen, services, and upper-level bedrooms looking across and through the space to the coastline beyond. Exterior stone terraces extend the living space and create gathering places within the steeply sloping site; above a roof garden provides 360-degree views and a place to fully experience the sound, sun and rain as the seas and seasons dictate.