A modern, net zero beach retreat finds a balance between sunny southern views and a beautiful canal to the north. 

In search of a sustainable beach retreat where they could spend summers with family and guests, the owners of this modern home set out to maximize natural light and energy efficiency while taking advantage of beautiful canal views in South Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Layton Residence Exterior Front 3

In order to make the most of the owners’ limited budget, efficient use of space was favored over expansive square footage. In the end, the diminuitive 2,025-square-foot floor plan allowed the owners to spend more per square foot to achieve thoughtful planning and superior performance throughout the home.

Layton Residence Exterior Front

This careful planning and attention to materials and design allowed the architect to achieve a net zero energy dwelling, using concrete floors for passive heating and deep overhangs to protect from intense summer sunlight. Industrial materials create a modern feel, while balancing materials like wood and textured fabrics bring warmth into the interior.

Layton Residence Kitchen

A key design challenge for achieving maximum light and views involved the orientation of the house between the street on the sunny South side of the home and the canal on the North side. To take advantage of the canal-front property, living spaces are located on the back of the house to capture the waterside views.

Layton Residence Exterior Back

To keep the interior from feeling dark and cold, the glass-enclosed stair tower made of affordable Integrity IMPACT IZ3 Hurricane Casement & Awning Windows funnels southern light from the front of the house into the great room on the back of the home. Because Integrity IMPACT products are engineered to remain airtight, watertight and secure during driving coastal rains and heavy winds, there were no concerns that the large expanses of glass would pose challenges to the efficient building envelope.

Layton Residence Interior Stairs

Name: Layton Residence
Location: South Bethany Beach, DE
Architect: Scott Edmonston, SEA Studio Architects
Builder: Shay Gallo Construction
Dealer/Distributor: Atlantic Millwork/Super Enterprises
Products Used:
Integrity IMPACT (IZ3) Hurricane – Casement
Integrity IMPACT (IZ3) Hurricane – Awning
Integrity IMPACT (IZ3) Hurricane – Inswing French Door
Integrity IMPACT (IZ3) Hurricane – Outswing French Door
Integrity IMPACT (IZ3) Hurricane – Sliding French Door

Layton Residence was a winner in the 2017 Red Diamond Achiever Awards.

Posted by:The Marvin Family of Brands

The Marvin Companies is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minn. with more than 5,200 employees across 10 cities throughout the United States. The Marvin Family of Brands represents Marvin's fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products that are made to order; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its patented Ultrex® fiberglass material; and Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design. Marvin and its Family of Brands are distributed nationally through a network of independent dealers and are also exported internationally. Visit Marvin.com to learn more.

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