Christopher Barr Photography, original photo on Houzz

Christopher Barr Photography, original photo on Houzz

Spry kept the new house as simple and streamlined as possible. Anything that wasn't absolutely necessary — including shingles, bulky columns and trim — was taken off. "I stuck with what wouldn't blow off in a hurricane," says Spry.

The entryway is made up of a single column, a steel beam and a plate on top for a portico. Basic pavers carve a path to the front door.