Durable concrete pavers remind beach-goers to “Respect The Beach” at the Begent Residence in Del Mar, Calif.

Due to the extreme conditions created by living 500 feet from the ocean, durability and sustainability were of great importance in designing this beach house. The home is situated 10 feet above sea level, and salt-water corrosion was a major concern.

The owner/builder wanted to use green products, and also send an environmentally conscious message to beach-goers passing the home. Lightweight concrete pavers form a walkway, with an etched texture for slip resistance. The pavers contain approximately 30% post-consumer recycled content with additional pre-consumer recycled content. Many of the 20x20-inch pavers feature glass inlays, and messages such as, “Respect The Beach,” “Don't Litter,” and “Think Peace.”

Pavers were installed with synthetic grass grout lines. The same “grass grout” and a drainage system also were used to install 20-inch exterior tile in the backyard.

The owner, concrete producer, and contractor worked together onsite to create an integrally colored monolithic concrete topping. This topping was installed on the exterior front walkway and stairs, front entry of the house and hallway leading through the kitchen and dining room, and outside to the back patio. The leading line of the concrete from exterior to interior, and back from interior to exterior was intentionally designed to promote the open indoor/outdoor southern California living the family desires.

Project Participants

Owner: David & Molly Begent, Del Mar, Calif.
Architects : David Begent, Del Mar, Calif.; Bokel Sneed Architects, Del Mar, Calif.
Structural Engineer: Burkett Wong Engineers, San Diego, Calif.
Concrete Contractor: Tri-Co Floors, El Cajon, Calif.
Concrete Producer: Artfl or Inc., El Cajon, Calif.

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