Sometimes where a house is located dictates the design that happens inside. That was the case with this Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home that is located on the ocean with water access from a dock on tidal waters. The project was a total rebuild of the raised ranch home, including multiple structural changes to the exterior that required variances both locally and from the state. The thoughtful consideration of these elements truly paid off, adding the personality and unique characteristics that the original house was lacking. We carefully designed the roof overhang, wood details, and exposed roof rafters, allowing us to open up the ceiling to 13′ and create an open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen great room. All of this was done with the focus of capturing optimum water views from all living spaces, and Marvin Windows were a primary player used in our design concept to capitalize on the light and architectural interest of the high ceilings. For decor, we incorporated elements of the client’s bohemian style while keeping the focus on simplicity and relaxation with Seacoast Grey siding from Cabot Stain, Boston Blend ledgestone, Genest veneer stone, and a white wood railing system from Azec.