Working in an area that is prone to high water during storms, this building was elevated on concrete piers to allow flood waters to pass freely below the structure. The family gathers often, in numbers from two to many, and the house needed to be able to handle all of them. Durability was also a driving factor. Materials and finishes were designed to stand up to heavy use. The central great room is flanked by a pair of fireplaces with the idea that the furniture can be moved seasonally to take advantage of light and views.