Building a house on the side of a cliff is not an easy endeavor. That’s why Kim and Carolyne Megonigal put together an experienced crew they knew they could trust.
Among the team was interior designer Courtney Zeithing, who is Carolyne’s sister, along with architect David Olson, and builder Robert McCarthy, a close friend. “This was a family affair,” Carolyne explains. “It was a labor of love for all of us.”
The result is a modern home that cantilevers over the edge, offering panoramic views of California’s Newport Bay and the ocean beyond.
Zeithing consulted closely with the architect on the entire project, helping to select finishes throughout.
“There’s a balance of materials that’s pretty consistent,” Zeithing explains of the mix of stone walls, custom mahogany cabinetry and metal details, such as the sculptural stairway that connects all four floors.
“We like the same things, so it was easy and really fun,” Carolyne says of working with her sister on the project. It’s a sentiment both siblings share.
“We spent days and days together,” Zeithing explains, noting that they agreed on nearly everything. “We enjoy each other’s company, so it was great to be able to spend so much extra time with her.”