The original house located on this site burned down and we inherited a long narrow footprint with endless views to the west and south. Because of coastal restrictions, any expansion had to occur on the inland side, away from the marsh.
The driveway winds through the site and ends in a closed courtyard defined by the main house on the water side and a guest wing on the inland side. The forms are simple, gable and shed, playing off each other and creating energy through their juxtaposition. A glass entry connects the two parts, framing a view of the distant Choate Island.
Tidal rivers running through the marshes are reached by elevated board structures called “duckwalks”. We realigned the existing duckwalk with the entry axis, strengthening the house’s link to this unique landscape and way of life.
Builder: Michael Doiran / Photographer: Warren Jagger