“The house does more than sit on the site; it extends out and holds it together as one piece.”
Paul MacNeely, Principal
New England Home, March-April 2017
A conservation deed restriction limited the size of the house to 2,500 square feet and with the major views to Block Island Sound to the north, challenges abounded with this home. Turning the long axis of the house east-west maximized the views and burying a portion of the house in a sloping topography gained some essential storage space (not considered living space). Placing a large deck over the lower three bedrooms provided them with views and light and eliminated the curse of a dark space under a deck. A master bedroom was situated off a unique viewing tower on the top floor.
On a busy road looking out onto the famed Authors’ Ridge and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, this home was designed with a street façade protecting the family within from street noise. On the garden side the home opens up onto sheltered terraces with large expanses of glass and abundant light. Highly energy efficient building technology aids with acoustic isolation and heating and cooling.
This large three-story wood-frame shingle style vacation house was carefully sited to take advantage of the sweeping views of the ocean and large lot. The house was designed in an open plan to allow visual connections between the separate rooms and allow for ocean views whenever possible.
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.
This tall and small weekend house is situated on the western edge of Block Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound. The house is nestled into a small hill, a distance from the shoreline, and is protected from the strong winds from the north. Because of its siting, the house is designed as an elongated vertical structure to allow spectacular views from every room in the house.
Nestled on a gentle ocean meadow with spectacular water views.