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Pepperwood PSD 0 Mobile


The neighborhood of this house is characterized by rolling topography on wooded peninsulas separated by salt water bays and coves. Our client was interested in a site planning scheme and a new house that took advantage of the land, and provided a larger house than existed. We developed a design that does not reveal its full size at the front, but adopts a larger scale at the back. On the south side, a ravine traverses the entire depth of the property and crosses between the front of the house and the cul-de-sac on which the property fronts.

Pepperwood PSD 9 R Aerial
Scope of Work Architecture, Construction
Living Space Above Grade 7,500
Photography Peter Aaron/ESTO, Randall Perry, Patrick Wiseman
Pepperwood PSD 1 Exterior
Pepperwood PSD 3 L Exterior
Pepperwood PSD 3 R Doors
Pepperwood PSD 4 L Stair

We developed a representational scheme specifically suited to this house. Architectural and natural forms were used in an ornamentation program that included both the interior and exterior.

The shape of the two-story front porch and its gambrel roof is a motif that is repeated at different scales and proportions and in many different materials. The downspout brackets, chimney cap, handrail escutcheons, door hardware, fireplace screens and tools, and some carved wood work, were all custom-made based on this motif. We had to carefully coordinate the work of a stone cutter, the millworkers, a lighting designer and a metals fabricator to achieve the complex integration of stone, wood, lighting and accessories at the three fireplaces. Warm colors were important to us for the exterior stonework, and that required importing stone from quarries in western Massachusetts, Indiana and India. The stone mason created several mock-ups to find the right stone type and mortar colors and to develop the right technique for laying the foundation stone.

Pepperwood PSD 5 L Fireplace
Pepperwood PSD 5 R Fireplace
Pepperwood PSD 6 L Dining Room
Pepperwood PSD 6 R Living Room

Details abound in the interior of the home.

A central, free-standing fireplace separates the living and dining spaces. Ceiling details, built-ins, and decorative millwork add special touches.

Pepperwood PSD 7 L Study
Pepperwood PSD 7 R Fireplace
Pepperwood PSD 8 L Stair
Pepperwood PSD 8 R Bedroom
Pepperwood PSD 9 L Fireplace

We sought a design where, at our client’s dramatic water facing promontory, the house appears to grow out of the natural coastal bank.

A central bay, housing the most dramatic spaces of the house (the living room and the primary sleeping area above), projects out into the landscape. It is curved at the end where the land curves around it. Stone terraces and planters follow the curve and mediate between the house and the landscape.

Pepperwood PSD 2 Exterior