As the moon rises and the sun sets; as the moon sets and the sun rises; and at all the other times of day, Just Off Shore is a jewel in the necklace of harborfront homes on Cape Cod. The umbrella gambrel roof (three facets on each side of a gable where the bottom facet flares out), large roof overhangs, and a broad front porch, create a classic New England summer cottage—orderly but relaxed.
|Scope of Work
|Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction
|Finished Space Above Grade
|Brian Vanden Brink
Shed roofed dormers flank the central gambrel to provide comfortable second floor space without overwhelming the one-and-one-half story scale of the front. Craftsman style posts and brackets hold up the roof of the porch. They are robust, to be in scale with the house and the landscape; simple, friendly, and elegant.
At night, the light perpetually sweeps over the neighborhood as a reassuring presence. The Palladian window greets the neighborhood and village beyond. Large cased openings connect kitchen, dining, and living spaces across the water-facing side of the house. They create a sense of separation without impeding circulation or socializing.