When 2015 Builder of the Year, Michael Scarpa, founder of Coastal Construction Management, LLC was faced with a unique design challenge, the Climate-Shield® Rain Screen System was selected to address design and functional challenges on this ocean front custom home. This new home replaced the demolished existing home and was expertly built directly on the oceanfront in Old Saybrook, CT.
With a commanding view of, and direct contact with the Atlantic Ocean, this home required many structural and purposeful components to be incorporated into the design and construction. From the ground up, this sturdy and beautiful home is built to endure the unforgiving forces of nature in a marine environment.Mataverde Ipe decking
Faced with the harsh punishing conditions of New England’s rugged seacoast, this home was designed and built on 29 helical concrete piers and the building envelope is protected by a rugged marine grade aluminum rain screen system. The Climate-Shield rain screen system allows for a ¾” back ventilated, pressure equalized wall cavity and is designed to withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 200 MPH. Any wind driven rain, spray or seawater can easily drain out of the full ¾” wall cavity.
While the contemporary home itself is a modernist’s delight, red cedar siding was chosen for the cladding, in keeping with a more traditional New England coastal style. Together, the ‘something old, something new’ design approach works beautifully. To create additional visual interest, two sizes of cedar wood rain screen siding were incorporated, each stained a different color.
The rain screen installation was meticulously built by the construction team at Coastal Construction Management, LLC. Even though the rain screen system is hidden behind the beautiful cedar siding, it is always effortlessly busy – protecting the home from storms and weather on the outside while allowing any pent-up moisture from within the home to easily ventilate to the outside.