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The beach flats seem to go on forever at low tide. PSD's project, Lucky's Bluff, sits above the beach.

Lucky’s Bluff

Perched on the top of a high bluff, Lucky’s Bluff overlooks Cape Cod Bay and its dramatic expanse of tidal flats. The site’s proximity to a steep coastal bank, and tight setback restrictions, presented challenges when designing and building a new home. The existing building footprint was utilized along with a small additional amount of available lot coverage to create cozy, yet comfortable living space on two levels.

The family dog, Lucky, greets you at the front entry. It is possible to see through the house and across Cape Cod Bay.
Scope of Work Architecture, Construction
Finished Space Above Grade 2,765
Photography Brian Vanden Brink
At Lucky's Bluff, the classic gambrel cottage is oriented to be parallel with the bluff beyond. Changes in window scale hint at its contemporary roots.

One approaches the welcoming, street-facing façade via a semi-circular driveway. The windows are flanked by classic v-groove shutters that feature scallop shell cutouts.

Two separate hood roofs for the main and secondary entrances are functional—as covers from the elements—but are also decorative—as showcased by the elegantly designed support brackets. The gambrel roof shape with shed dormers is visually charming but also helps maximize the living space on the second floor without resulting in an ungainly, blocky shape.

The sitting area in the center of the house plan looks straight out to the ocean. Light from four directions animates the space throughout the day.
The kitchen at Lucky's Bluff.
The view from the dining table is beautiful at Lucky's Bluff.
Casework, paneling, coffers, and crown moldings define use spaces and add enough detail to make the space rich but not too formal.

It was important to the client that the first floor have an open layout to maximize natural light and vistas towards the bay and to facilitate social interaction.

From the front door, there is a view straight through the house and rear doors to the expanse of beach and ocean. The rear, northeast-facing elevation consists of continuous windows and doors to take advantage of the seascape. The living spaces are open to one another, but with some separation created by large square interior columns, articulated with paneling and cabinetry. On the second floor, three bedrooms all face the view.

At Lucky's Bluff, the family room features a big bay window with a window seat.

On the second floor, three bedrooms all face the view.

Lucky, the smallest, but most active (until he tires himself out and a nap is in order), family member presides over paradise.

The primary suite on the second floor has banks of windows to take advantage of the ocean views.
A guest room on the second floor faces the view.
The house is longer than it is deep to maximize the view and to fit between the bluff top and street. The well-proportioned gambrel, including its gentle curves as it reaches the eaves, shows off here. The house opens up to the view with more glass across the back.
Stairs lead from the house down to the beach and the tidal flats.

As Seen In...

PSD's "Lucky's Bluff" project is featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Cape Cod Home magazine.
Cape Cod Home

Lucking Out, by Chris White, Summer 2021.