Casey Key Guest House Designed by TOTeMS Architecture And Sweet Sparkman Architects

November 14, 2015 | Architecture, Home Design


Located in florida, this house is fairly special. This wooden house was designed by Sweet Sparkman an architect who is very well known. The guest home, located on a barrier island, is set within a perfect oak hammock with Sarasota Bay. The wooden structure was inspired by two elements of tree oak, which have been shaped by the prevailing sea breeze from the west.


First, the one sentence which read, “…respect the land, and the rest will follow”. Secondly, the live oak tree which were created by the coastal winds from the west, affect the structural be formed of the guest homes. The Owner requested a small program: bathroom,one bedroom, living room with kitchen, and a loft, is organized to provide safety between a neighboring property to the north, while offering broad views of the oak hammock to the south and west, and the intercoastal waterway to the east.


Glulam beams were be elected because his ability to close the structure around the areas. The pine beams, which curved in all space, eliminating the difference between wall and roof. The result is an open construction to the east and west, but solid and individual to the north. The basic floor encompass a small storage space for kayaks, and a covered deck.


Curved pine wood beams, which are connected to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, defined the curved quality of boat hull construction. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the curved glulam beams.  This design is purpose to evoke an natural architecture that be affected by, and reflective of it located.


The guest home is located in a highly regulated FEMA flood zone and requiring elevated flooring levels. For preserve the health of the oak hammock, the home is supported by specialized steel which piling foundation system designed to avoid root disturbance and diminish sub grade impacts to the oaks. As a result, all existing trees  preserved.



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