Remember the last time you ordered IKEA furniture? That’s exactly how Steve and Stephanie Arnold’s guest home arrived—disassembled and packed in boxes. When the couple decided to pair the contents of those boxes with the platform for a rotating house, the end result was incredible: a perfectly round bed and breakfast that rotates 360 degrees in either direction, giving each suite an amazing ocean view. Around the Sea, which is situated in the Prince Edward Island community of North Rustico, offers a unique experience to island visitors—stylish, modern suites with seaside vistas and a private path to the beach.
The Arnolds purchased the land a couple of years ago, intending to turn it into a beach home. Instead, they purchased a Deltec house, fixed it to the surface of a rotating platform from E Rotating Structures, and topped it with a roof from the island branch of Classic Metal Roofing Systems. The couple now lives on the upper floor and runs a four-suite bed & breakfast on the main floor. Photo Credit: Around the Sea
LEFT: The house is supported by a steel pole that runs through the centre of the building, from top to bottom. The plumbing and wiring was ingeniously handled by Waite’s Electric and Precise Plumbing and Heating. They loosely coiled the wires and plumbing up the centre of the home so that it rotates with the house. Photo Credit: E Rotating Structures
RIGHT: There’s no way to let light in through the interior walls, but Around the Sea makes up for it with plenty of windows in the exterior ones. As long as enough external wall panels are used, the Deltec product allows customers to customize their window placement. The Arnolds have maximized their view by incorporating 12 patio doors and 14 Polytech windows. Photo Credit: Around the Sea
LEFT: The 2,500-square-foot main floor is split into four guest suites. Each suite features a master bedroom, a full bathroom, and an open concept living room/kitchen/ dining room combination. Every room has an ocean view for part of the day and, for an even better look, guests can go for a spin on the wraparound deck. Photo Credit: Zara Interior Design
RIGHT: Working with the unusual room angles created by the round walls required some creativity from Zara of Zara Interior Designs. Instead of being perfectly square, the outside wall of the main room is about 50 per cent longer than the opposite walls. Choosing the right furniture made the room feel much more natural. Photo Credit: Zara Interior Design