Our design program called for a four bedroom, four bathroom house. The owners insisted that the main floor should be as open as possible and that the master suite would be on the second floor and have a cathedral ceiling. Exterior decks were requested on all levels and a “gazebo” was a must.
This home was the first at “The Bluffs,” a narrow lot subdivision which placed strict limits on footprint sizes and on directions of view that help preserve privacy for this house as well as its future neighbors. The design solution was a steel-stiffened wood frame 2-½ story shingle style home. Traditional pale stained and painted woods established a beachside feeling inside and out as they reflect constantly changing light of Nantucket Sound. The wide-open first floor is tempered by a small den and bath, which also serves as a powder room. Finishes and colors in the kitchen were selected to blend well with the open living/dining area. Panoramic windows frame and emphasize the ocean views. Other windows are carefully placed to balance daylight throughout the house without sacrificing privacy. Mantle carvings lend a custom touch that punctuates the casual beachside theme.