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Summer Mooring

Summer Mooring sits at the tip of a small peninsula surrounded by a picturesque salt pond and marshes. As a protected harbor, it is a popular spot for boaters, and Summer Mooring’s pier is an important focal point of life there. Regulatory requirements on the environmentally-sensitive site dictated that the new house use the footprint and height of a banal house that previously stood on the property. From the front, entry side of the house, an organized appearance breaks the house down into distinct but attached pieces that appear as if they could have been built accretively over time. The angled garage wing (with the primary bedroom suite above) was treated like a barn, simpler and bulkier than the main house. An existing hill side was cut back slightly to create a small but welcoming front yard.

Summer Mooring PSD Entry
Scope of Work Architecture, Construction
Finished Space Above Grade 5,299
Photography Brian Vanden Brink
Summer Mooring PSD Front Exterior

The relatively buttoned-down character of the exterior gives way to a wonderland of fancifully shaped and detailed interior spaces.

Inspired by nautical forms, yacht interiors, and Greek revival imagery, the evocative interiors are specifically crafted for family and friends to escape into a world of fun and relaxation. Details are contemporary in their abstraction, but classical enough to suggest the 19th Century revivalism common to vernacular homes in the region.

Summer Mooring PSD 3 L Window Seat
Summer Mooring PSD 3 R Living Room
Summer Mooring PSD 2 Dining Kitchen
Summer Mooring PSD 5 R Bunkroom Boat

The bunk room received a BRICC Award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod.

This room is accessible from the living space as well as via a hidden door off the stairs. Inside, one can climb a pair of ship’s ladders to travel between two levels. Special details like waves and a tugboat carved into the walls, and real ship’s portholes, delight, entertain, and reinforce the fantastical nature of the place.

Summer Mooring PSD 5 L 2nd Floor Bunkroom
Summer Mooring PSD 4 R Bunkroom

Like captain’s quarters on a classic yacht, a small first-floor study is entirely clad in mahogany.

The eye is tricked into thinking the relatively low ceiling is higher than it is because of a false perspective created by descending board widths in the horizontal paneling from the floor at the bottom of the walls to the peak of the ceiling.

Summer Mooring PSD 6 L Interior
Summer Mooring PSD Detail
Summer Mooring PSD Detail2

The entry/stair hall ceiling has mahogany ribs like the inside of an inverted boat hull.

The abstracted Greek revival banisters are simplified Ionic columns, distorted to follow the slope of the railing. Other whimsical details include a back-lit star patterned panel above a curvaceous window seat, and a built-in wooden canopy over the primary bed. Mahogany beams stand out against white woodwork, curves and swooping arches define spaces, and meticulously-crafted cabinetry can be found throughout.

Summer Mooring PSD 6 R Stair
Summer Mooring PSD 7 L Interior
Summer Mooring PSD 7 R Primary Bedroom
Summer Mooring PSD 9 Outdoor Kitchen

The water-facing side of the house has a projecting bay window at its center, gesturing toward the water and the sweeping lawn and pier. Outdoor living takes place between the house and the lawn. A fire pit is centered on the bay window and an extensive outdoor kitchen occurs just off the interior kitchen.

Summer Mooring PSD 10 L View
Summer Mooring PSD 10 R Back Elevation

As Seen In...

PSD's "Summer Mooring" project is featured in the November 2021 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
Fine Homebuilding

From Ship to Shore, by Janice Randall Rohlf, November 2021.

PSD At Home CC Spring20 Summer Mooring
At Home on Cape Cod

Flight of Fancy, by Lisa Cavanaugh, Spring/Summer 2020.

PSD's "Summer Mooring" bunkroom is featured in the Early Summer 2019 issue of Cape Cod Home magazine.
Cape Cod Home

All Aboard!, by Haley Cote, Early Summer 2019.