Dwelling is a long house on Atlantic coast for the families of three siblings. The site has a rich history; it was once home to the Narragansett people, which is evidenced by archeological findings indicating the Narragansetts settled on the site.
The inspiration for the exterior of this 1500 SF lakefront house was an abandoned mine building in Telluride, Colorado. The 100 year old reclaimed wood barn boards blend with rust-painted siding and iconic roof forms to capture the essence of a utilitarian vernacular structure.
The owners found the original Marsh house while kayaking on the stream that passes within a few yards of the house. They fell in love with the location, especially the marshes and the feeling of being surrounded by nature.
The Oaks Residence remains mysterious and de-objectified, and the landscape takes on the reading as the primary object of the project. The interior of the house develops along an unfolding spatial sequence that constantly orients and reorients the viewer to the site as one moves through the project, knitting the site and the house together.
The Nantucket house, studio, and guesthouse all seamlessly relate to the multiple outdoor living areas. From an immense solar array to the geothermal heating and cooling, no detail has been overlooked.
The Somerville House Renovation started with a dark, 3 story single family home with great potential. The design intent was to maintain the original character of the 1860’s façade on the street, and yet open to the small urban garden and southern light offered by the back façade.