This house sits on a bluff at a point where the highland subtly bends, creating a promontory from which much of the several square mile Nauset system can be seen. Spectacular views spanning from northwest to southeast are possible from the site, although the bend in the shoreline creates a triangular lot that posed planning challenges. Turning challenges into design opportunities, a substantial home was created that acts like a knuckle, maximizing frontage to the wraparound view and taking full advantage of the high plateau above the beloved beach, dunes, marsh, and ocean. Traversing the steps down the bluff, through the dunes, and across the beach to the surf is a magical experience, as is just sitting still and taking it all in.
|Scope of Work||Architecture, Construction|
|Finished Space Above Grade||4,367|
|Photography||Brian Vanden Brink|
Shingle cladding allows forms to appear carved, layered, and sinuous. The shingles “stretch” over them as if they are a textured but taught membrane. A whale weathervane spins in the breeze as it presides over the fun. Fat window muntins (grid bars) are in scale with the large windows and emphasize the windows graphically. Simple shutters add a little color and domesticity. After entering the end of the porch facing the street, one passes three arched openings on the way to the front door. Tiny windows into the garage punctuate the bays.
The living spaces have coffered ceilings, each with their own scale and detail shapes. The billowing wood moldings alternate with sharp linear grid lines. The central arcade defines the edge between the living spaces and the circulation space. These spaces have their own character and separation but do not impede social flow.
The primary bedroom occupies the tower that captures view up, down, and over the beach. The hallway within the primary bedroom suite widens at a dormer into a dressing space. Built-in cabinetry and concealed closet doors are covered with v-groove paneling. Used like wallpaper, running continuously over the doors, drawers, and face frames. A playfully abstracted classical fireplace surround ties into the detailing elsewhere in the house. A shaped ceiling that ascends to a cupola adds to the light, airy feeling of the room.