Voice of the Architect

From the central, third-story tower of the Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Show Home at Cinnamon Shore, views showcase what the designers had to work with in creating this special house. There’s the wildflower-laced dunes at the beach, just up Grand Boulevard. Behind is the community’s bustling Town Center. And nearby is the Town Center, where kids toss footballs and patrons come and go from Lisabella’s Bistro & Bar.

“The site itself is pretty special, right in the heart of Cinnamon Shore,” says Bill Davies, principal of Davies Collaborative, the Austin firm tapped to design the Port Aransas, Texas house. The house nestles perfectly into the community’s master plan by Florida-based, New Urban designer Mark Schnell. “Cinnamon Shore and Mark did a really great job of creating a language for the community,” says John D’Agostino, Davies Collaborative architect and project manager. He points to the community’s simple, elegant roof forms, vertically proportioned facades, and details such as exterior brackets and exposed rafters—all elements that recall the traditional Gulf Coast architectural vernacular of the Florida Panhandle that Cinnamon Shore brings to the Texas Coast.

Taking advantage of the home’s central location, a two-story, wrap-around porch allows social interaction with the community and privacy, thanks to innovative screens that open and close. “The optional wood screens allow quiet moments, like morning coffee,” explains D’Agostino.

This classic, yet innovative beach house, with a two-story, wraparound porch and a central, third-floor tower, will become a landmark in the heart of Cinnamon Shore.

For all ages

Designed with multiple families in mind, the 3,900-square-foot home combines state-of-the-art building products with traditional coastal elements, such as breezy porches and classic, double-hung windows that have real-wood interiors and impact-resistant fiberglass from the Marvin Windows and Doors Integrity collection. The home’s design calls for collaboration with suppliers whose products bring long-lasting life to the blueprints. Engineered siding from LP® SmartSide® Siding & Trim weathers coastal conditions yet resembles traditional wood-lap siding on beach houses of old.

Inside, a thoughtful floor plan provides space for vacation fun and downtime. “The intent was to have a home that was multi-generational and as flexible as possible,” says Bill. “Togetherness is a huge part of being on vacation, but there’s also a need to get away.”

The central core features the main living space on the second floor, with gathering space in the kitchen and den, where timeless light fixtures in classic designs from Circa Lighting add panache and focal points within the soaring space. A third-floor suite guarantees a little peace-and-quiet, and a stairway and reliable, space-saving unit with custom-designed interiors from D&D Elevators, Inc., provides easy access to this getaway retreat. Downstairs, a kid-friendly bunkroom opens to a den, and a nearby bedroom allows adults to keep an eye on things. Sliding barn-style doors offer additional privacy and epitomize the home’s hand-hewn character.

Helping oversee the home from afar, the Carrier® Côr™ Home Automation System allows remote monitoring through a mobile app—an added level of security for such a well-designed home. The eventual owner of the Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Show Home can have further peace of mind knowing the home design was certified platinum by the Coastal Bend Green Built sustainable building initiative, the highest level of compliance. “That was very important to the whole team,” D’Agostino says.