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.
|Scope of Work||Architecture, Construction|
|Living Space Above Grade||7,500|
|Photography||Peter Aaron/ESTO, Randall Perry, Patrick Wiseman|
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.
A central, free-standing fireplace separates the living and dining spaces. Ceiling details, built-ins, and decorative millwork add special touches.
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.