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Wychmere Rise

Wychmere Rise is in a village that surrounds three small harbors. Wychmere Harbor, a commercial fishing port as well as a beloved base for recreation, is at the center. A view of the harbor—and its famous skyline of Shingle Style homes, inns, and fishermen’s shacks—is coveted. On one side of the basin is a neighborhood of mid 20th Century Capes. Wychmere Rise is an addition to that neighborhood. It faces the harbor on one side and the neighborhood on another. With its vertical and asymmetrical disposition toward the harbor, and its horizontal “Cape” disposition toward the neighborhood, the home mediates between the more eclectic houses on the harbor and the Capes beyond.

Wychmere Rise PSD 2 L Exterior
Scope of Work Architecture, Construction
Finished Space Above Grade 4,573
Photography Brian Vanden Brink
Wychmere Rise PSD 1 Exterior
Wychmere Rise PSD 3 L Exterior

Wychmere Rise is a “Cape,” however, with a twist.

Its primary street-facing typology follows the Cape diagram (one story facade with a low eave and dormers above) but the proportions and details are exaggerated and unexpected. The windows are over-sized. The shutters have unusually large louver blades. The columns at the entry porch are broad, flat, and stretched far apart. The dormer is almost too big for the roof on which it sits. These distortions from the original type move the house away from being just a Cape into being emphatically a Cape—both an actual Cape and a representation of “Cape” as a house type.

Wychmere Rise PSD 4 R Exterior
Wychmere Rise PSD 4 L Exterior
Wychmere Rise PSD 5 Kitchen

Exaggerated, even voluptuous details occur at the interior as well.

Big windows facing the street bring in abundant light from the south to the generously-sized and outfitted kitchen. Living, dining, and kitchen have only implied separation. Television and equipment storage are hidden behind doors that are incised into the v-groove paneling and baseboard in the living room.

Wychmere Rise PSD Mudroom
Wychmere Rise PSD Columns
Wychmere Rise PSD Living Room
Wychmere Rise PSD 7 L Bedroom

The primary bedroom allows observation of the pier and harbor below.

The primary bathroom is tucked under the roof but still has abundant natural light. Above the garage is a guest room/office with its own staircase. It is a cozy place to work, dream, or socialize.

Wychmere Rise PSD 8 L Bathroom
Wychmere Rise PSD 8 R Sitting Area

The screened-in porch is a bold but still inviting and relaxing space for a snack or a nap.

The fabled Wychmere Harbor skyline is beyond the screened-in porch. The impossibly large center opening is dramatic and playful. It is in scale with the context as a whole more than it is with the house itself, yet it still feels compatible. The back of the house is a charming place for cooking in the pizza oven, socializing, and relaxing on a summer evening.

Wychmere Rise PSD 7 R Sunroom
Wychmere Rise PSD Side Exterior

As Seen In...

Three PSD projects are featured in the September 2021 Boston Sunday Globe.
Boston Sunday Globe

New England with a twist, by Eileen McEleney Woods, September 26, 2021.

PSD Southern New England Living Annual 2016 Wychmere Rise Feature
Southern New England Living

Family First, by Lenore Cullen Barnes, Annual 2016.