In 1975, Architect William Morgan wanted to build rental properties next to his Atlantic Beach, Florida home. He only had one problem when trying to decide about building the properties. He didn’t want to lose his beautiful ocean view. His solution? Use the existing sand dune on his property as the foundation and build the homes underground within the dune. From that thought became the beautifully designed Dune House.
Now famous, the William Morgan Dune House (which is actually two separate, identical units) is 750 square feet and includes one bedroom, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and a semi-enclosed patio with ocean view. The duplex was built using swimming pool technology, a gunite-concrete shell anchored to a cast-concrete floor, covered with a mantle of earth stabilized by native landscaping which helps maintain a 70-degree interior temperature. The beautiful interior features built-in furniture, mostly made of wood, curved walls and is almost identical to a stateroom aboard a ship. The property features breath-taking ocean views.
750 Sq. Ft. Beachfront Dune House in Florida
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