CROSSING the threshold of the very contemporary yet very livable
resort-style home is like stepping into the lobby of an island hotel.
Inviting outdoor spaces awaiting the arrival of family and guests
provide an amenity-rich setting with sounds of rolling surf and the
gentle lap of waves against the bayside bulkhead.
Whether they arrive by land or by boat, they are welcomed into this sheltered
breezeway that connects the beauty of the place with the man-made desire to frame
it and anchor it with a few favorite things.
From the palm-lined garden entrance designed by Mike Edge of Edge Land
Company to the lush plant-filled atrium tended by Foliage Design, the tranquil north
island vibe is set. Intimate gatherings may suggest a twilight dip in the hot tub. Or, in
a small group setting, a contest of wits around the white lacquer, waterfall edge pool
table. Yet when called into action, this ground-level space expands to embrace the
Lewis’s entire guest list to enjoy a shrimp boil in the hot summer months, and from
fall through the winter, an oyster roast over the outdoor, gas-fired Charlotte Grill.
A double linear firebox offers ambiance and a subliminal screen of privacy for hot
tubbers, while the surrounding stucco column subtly defines the open spa from the
floating living room.
Cindy and Bobby take their morning coffee on the east facing oceanside deck, but
their afternoons are spent on the west facing deck and back veranda looking across
“We have the most spectacular sunsets on the beach,” Cindy says.
The couple pushed the design envelope, requesting porches for each bedroom and a
rooftop deck that extends the Wrightsville Beach height restriction to its zenith. Yet,
just shy of 40 feet is where they want to be for a spectacular view that stretches north
to Figure Eight Island and south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Heide Trask
Bridge and the mainland.
The Lewis home’s contemporary design makes a bold statement among the more traditional
residences on North Lumina Avenue. Below, left to right: Bookend views of the lanai from
Lollipop Bay looking north, the open dining and living rooms are arranged around a linear
fireplace installed by Carolina Fireplace; and looking south into the open kitchen.
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