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Most rooms reflect a layout that takes advantage of the views, and the clients, aware of the house's compact size, wanted to use every inch of the house, much like a yacht. And like seasoned sailors, they threw caution to the wind when it came to building their dream home over the course of several years. "They are very patient people," says Forehand, "and as heavily as they were involved in the design process, they trusted us entirely." The result, according to Dickinson is "a boat-like presence, sailing into the view."