Contextual Contemporary

Contextual Contemporary

Completed 2017

“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

 

block island home exterior

Island Light House

Island Light House

Completed 2011

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.

concord house exterior

Concord Contemporary

Concord Contemporary

Completed 2013

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.

South Shore Seaside

South Shore Seaside

Completed 2015

Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Shingle Style Reimagined

Shingle Style Reimagined

Completed 2002

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.

Auburn, MA house exterior

Red Cottage Reimagined

Red Cottage Reimagined

Completed 2005

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.

 

Block Island Elementary

Block Island Elementary

Completed 1987

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.

Ocean Meadow Contemporary Shingle

Ocean Meadow Contemporary Shingle

Completed 2014

Nestled on a gentle ocean meadow with spectacular water views.

Sebago lake house porch

Contemporary Maine Camp

Contemporary Maine Camp

Completed 2015

 

Farmhouse Distinctive

Farmhouse Distinctive

Completed 1992

The plan reflects the owners’ desire to live informally with a combination kitchen, dining and living room hall on the first floor, along with a master bedroom and screened porch. The second floor contains two additional bedrooms and a study overlooking the living hall. The north and south elevations are treated quite differently. The north faced reflects through steep sloped roofs and smaller windows with a sheltering entry and the hills beyond. The south façade, at the edge of a long gentle sloping meadow, is more upright to take full advantage of the views and sun.