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Cardinal Residence - "Storm Proof"

SEA's focus on sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency at the Cardinal residence is detailed in The Forever Home a new book by Boyce Thompson.

Based on dozens of homeowner and architect interviews during the pandemic, the book provides a revealing look at the deep connections between owners and their homes, an important issue in these times when people are staying longer in their homes. With some foresight, homes can be designed and built to work for homeowners throughout their lives, not just when they experience a lifestyle change.

The Cardinal Residence was designed to replace an aging summer cottage on a small, wooded lot near the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Boyce's case study in The Forever Home shows how our commitment to a responsive, site-specific design resulted in a sustainable, durable and beautiful home for our clients.

ABOUT BOYCE THOMPSON: Boyce Thompson is the author of four books on residential design and construction. His latest book, The Forever Home, outlines a method of designing and building homes to last a lifetime. His previous book, Designing for Disaster, published by Schiffer, identifies best practices for resilient home design. It received a gold prize from the Independent Book Publishers. Anatomy of a Great Home (Schiffer Publishing, 2018) demystifies the elements of award-winning residential architecture, presenting concepts that anyone can use. His first book, The New New Home (The Taunton Press 2014), identified innovative building techniques practiced during the recession. It was named book of the year by the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

For 17 years, Thompson served as the editorial director of Builder magazine, published by Hanley-Wood. Builder was named the best business publication in America in 2010 by the Association of Business Publication Editors. Thompson is the founding editor of six magazines, including Residential Architect, Big Builder, Digital Home, and ProSales. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Fine Homebuilding, The Washington Post, Farm Journal, Governing, Inc., and Practical Homeowner. Thompson received the Crain Award from American Business Media for lifetime achievement in business media. Thompson holds a BA in English from Northwestern University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. For more visit


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