Morehouse MacDonald’s and Associates has been selected a Top 50 Coastal Architects by Ocean Homes Magazine in 2017 and 2018. And for good measure. Our firm has successfully exceeded client expectations for new coastal homes and major renovations across nearly every state on the US eastern seaboard, from Florida to Maine. In addition, MMA is a preferred architect at St Kitts exciting resort destination development, Christophe Harbour, in the West Indies, where we have design several large beautiful homes in diverse and challenging sites.
Designing along the coast has unique challenges regardless of which region of the world you are in. Nature has created a wonderful serendipity. A coastal location demands the architect is able to specify appropriate building materials, doors and windows, and durable finishes that fortify your new home for harsher elements that come with marine environments. Many clients make the mistake of hiring architects who have not designed for a coastal site only to experience substantial problems with materials and finishes years down the line.
Having designed homes for coastal sites for more than 30 years, our firm has acquired deep expertise in what materials and building systems to use and which ones to ignore for coastal building locations. We have built up expertise in utilizing woodworking and finishing systems that are common in the New England shipbuilding community. The superior skillsets of New England’s craftsman have been thoroughly studied and put to good use when we design in coastal environments.
MMA has becomes expert in designing homes with large glass openings in high-wind coastal locales and we regularly advise our clients on the merits of installing Zone-3 or higher impact-rated doors and windows. At the same time, many of our international clients have led us to develop high-security and protection systems for their homes in the Caribbean—all of which we can employ for our clients anywhere in the world.
In St Kitts, MMA has advanced its knowledge of building on steep lots with demanding retaining walls and site drainage conditions. We have utilized innovative curved retaining walls which gain extra strength in their usual flowing design. And we have designed a new house that is partially floating over the marina on concrete piles while simultaneously creating a private man-made sand beach.
As MMA continues to design homes for discerning clients from around the world—whether in Florida, South Carolina, New England or the West Indies—our knowledge of the special challenges that come with designing in coastal environments continues to advance us to the forefront of coastal architecture.