This house’s clients requested a place that was historically rooted, as if it “had always been there,” but that would also comfortably accommodate contemporary art and furnishings. They expressed their love of English country cottages as a starting point for the design, but requested a version compatible with a Cape Cod seaside setting and with their large property.
|Scope of Work||Architecture, Construction|
|Finished Space Above Grade||6,900|
|Photography||Brian Vanden Brink|
This plan type maximizes views from a site that has harbor views wrapping partly around it. The wings capture direct sunlight at ideal times of day for different spaces (eastern light for the kitchen, western light for the living room and nearby cocktail-party terrace). The front of the house acts as a formal wall to an expansive garden, through which winds a long drive.
On the exterior, pools and terraces framed in natural stonework offer tranquil oases for conversation and relaxation, with the great expanse of the ocean beyond.
At the end of the entry hall, the house opens its arms to the ocean view, with living and formal dining spaces to one side and kitchen and informal dining spaces on the other. These expansive rooms are contrasted with a cozy library at the front of the house. The second floor offers an arrangement of bedrooms, studies, and lounges embracing water views.
One Man's Mansion is Another's Bungalow, by Camilla McLaughlin, Annual 2015.