SEA Studio Architects get Merit Awards

SEA Studio Architects of Bethany Beach was recently honored with two Merit Awards for design excellence by the Delaware American Institute of Architects at their bi-annual awards program on Jan. 24. SEA Studio’s 161 Layton and Cardinal residences — both designed by Scott Edmonston, AIA — were presented with Merit Awards to acknowledge superior design achievements.

The awards recognize commercial and residential work completed by architects of the Delaware chapter of the AIA. Submitted projects were judged by a panel of architects, and winners were announced during a ceremony held at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington. Scott and Jenifer Edmonston of SEA Studio attended the ceremony and accepted the awards alongside the builders and homeowners of the projects.

The 161 Layton residence was designed as a vacation home on the banks of the canal system in South Bethany. The owners said they wanted a modern, sustainable and fun beach retreat where they could spend summers with their kids and frequent guests. Rachel Kapner of CWI was the interior designer, and the home was built by Shay Gallo Construction.

The owners of the Cardinal residence said they wanted a modern, efficient, sustainable and resilient home to replace their aging, inefficient cottage in Rehoboth Beach. The design of the home was greatly influenced by its wooded site and the local flood plain, according to the Edmonstons. The house was designed with a strong connection between the interior and exterior living spaces to help recreate the feel of their old cottage, they said. Jodi Macklin of Jodi Macklin Interior Design was the designer, and the home was built by Dewson Construction.

SEA Studio Architects is based in Bethany Beach and is “committed to designing beautiful, comfortable and energy-efficient places to live and work.”