Crayola House

With its prow pointed towards the waves and clad in sand-proof corrugated metal, this 5,500 square foot waterfront residence for an adman cum sea captain and his professorial mate is beached on the Sheboygan shore.  It is designed to project a playful, contemporary image constructed with a traditional kit of parts.  From the glass block front entry that forms a “hinge” which frames an axial view of the water, to the two cross-axial wings that establish double exposures of both “surf and turf”, the house is meant to provide cheerfully practical accommodations for a family of six.  The couple’s four sons inhabit four dormered bedrooms tucked under the eaves, while the parents occupy the “Bridge” with his and her balconies shading the lower rooms.  The “his and her” theme is furthered by the two separate family rooms below – his with TV for noisy viewing, hers with fireplace for quiet reading.  The pair flank the kitchen which combined with informal dining was designed to encourage maximum participation in food preparation.  The exterior color palette was also a family affair – personally chosen and applied by the captain.