Architectural license in some ways is directly related to setting: Structures that hang low as part of a crowd can be more playful in how they meet the world. This house responds to its setting across from Ocean Beach by striking a nautical pose. The details are suggestive rather than cartoonish, such as the third floor's circular windows, and they shine despite a fog-worn exterior that could use fresh paint. You wouldn't do something like this on the skyline. But on the outer edge of the Outer Sunset, west of the West, why not have fun?