The Shipwreck House – Figure 8 – Wilmington, North Carolina

On April 17, 1877 a lumber schooner, the John S. Lee, was lost at sea. 138 years later, a family set out to build a beach home on Figure Eight Island. The remains of the old schooner were discovered just below the sand. The new beach home is built like a well-designed ship, paying homage to the John S. Lee; crafted from wood, able to weather a heavy storm while affording access to sun, view, and sea breezes from every vantage. The home sits lightly on the dunes, organized to give deference to outdoor spaces and unobstructed views.

Photography: Michael Blevins and Joshua Curry


  • 2016 Parade of Homes – Gold – $4.5M
  • 2016 MAX! Award – Best Outdoor Living
  • 2017 Parade of Homes – Artisan House of Distinction – $4.5M
  • 2017 NAHB Nationals – Silver – Best Interior Merchandising of a Custom Home

Categories: Nautical, Coastal, Contemporary, Modern