The south side of Cape Cod borders on the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. Just up the road from a beautiful white powder sand beach lies Cabot’s Corner, a special place in a quiet, tucked-away neighborhood of wind-swept beach houses. The neighborhood of open yards and low plantings feels like one big family compound where sun and ocean breezes have enveloped vacationers for generations. It is a happy, dreamy place of multi-generational fun and relaxation. Cabot’s Corner is a house that is symbolic of this feeling—that speaks of classic, informal New England shore-line houses—but also provides for a young family’s contemporary living.
The Shingle Style of the New England coast, where shingles wrap disparate forms into a unified whole, was inspiration, as was the beloved gambrel roof shape of vernacular “Capes” in the region. The grade change from beach to house is substantial, giving the house a hill-side prospect and an object-like disposition. The placement and size of the tower gives the house a character of complexity typical of more elaborate Shingle Style houses, yet the overall form is simple—a rectangular footprint with the tower, acknowledging the street corner and further tying the house to its context, as the only exception. A shallow but symbolically strong entry porch on the gable end of the house uses a small amount of footprint but has a big impact.
The interior spaces are organized to allow the family, kitchen, dining and most of the bedrooms to stretch out along the south side, which is also the view side, while the entry, stair, circulation, most of the bathrooms, study and service spaces occupy the north side. The lower part of the tower is an open porch and the upper part is a sitting area within the master suite that captures the best possible long distant view available from the property.