Modern art inspires this Wrightsville Beach home
The owners of the Surf Gallery House on Wrightsville Beach, N.C., enjoy the pleasures of beachfront living and their impressive art collection in a contemporary setting. They needed a home that would be practical for just the two of them while also accommodating visitors and social events.
The exterior mimics some classic characteristics of nearby older beach houses, but with materials and details that reflect today’s aesthetics and performance. The Essential Collection, clad in tough pultruded fiberglass, pair well with the home’s fiber cement siding, stainless steel and other components that resist corrosion and reduce maintenance. The Essential Collection’s expansive casement, awning, and polygon windows, combined with outswing and sliding French doors, fill the home with natural light and ocean views while withstanding the harsh coastal environment.
Amid the fresh air and stunning scenery, the home serves as a gallery for the homeowners’ collection of modern art. Lighting and mechanical systems, functional for a residence, also properly display and protect the collection. A long, wide gallery wall washes the paintings in clear northern daylight. The home’s low-key, minimalist design direct attention to the art and spectacular ocean views.
Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner
Architect: Michael Ross Kersting and Toby Keeton, Kersting Architecture
Builder: Doster Construction
Dealer/Distributor: The Coastal Window & Door Center