The owner decided to turn her summer cottage into a year round house. Wedged between a busy road and a protected tidal estuary, we were constrained to the existing footprint.
With the existing house located close to the road on the narrow north end of the lot, the challenge was to engage the southern end of the land and to separate the busy road from private outdoor areas overlooking the river. We placed the studio and shed as far south as zoning would allow and connected them to the main house with a fence/boardwalk that defines the public courtyard and the private back yard.
The original house was 970 square feet and the renovated house is 1290 square feet. The original four small rooms have been turned into one large room along with a study and master bedroom. The Studio is 640 square feet with an office below and a guest bedroom above.
Interiors: Oblio Design / Builder: Gilman, Guidelli & Bellow / Photographer: Peter Vanderwarker