Located on a reservoir in Auburn, MA, this cottage sits close to the water, occupying the site of a former fishing shack. The clear volumes and simple detailing reflect the owner’s desire for a place for the family to gather and relax. Three bedrooms are located in the board & batten clad two-story volume to the east, and the living, dining and kitchen face the water in the lower clapboard volume. At 26’ high, the ceiling of the main living hall is framed with exposed king post trusses and overlooked by a loft. Both an open porch and screened porch face south and are sheltered by an overhang that also shields the direct summer sun from the wall of windows in the main living space.