This Shingle style house recalls the relaxed and gracious sentiment of early 20th century seaside life. According to architect McKee (Mac) Patterson, the design is timeless, generous, but deliberately understated.
Porches grace the front and side entrance. Two second-floor porches call for lounging. Built-ins and window seats encourage reading and gazing out at the water, where boating activities abound for most of the year. Indoor and outdoor spaces draw family members and friends together in informal, friendly groupings. Round and oval ornamental windows grace the home’s front façade.
The property itself forms a large L on a potentially awkward corner site. However, Patterson utilized the prominence of the location and its sustainability concerns to dictate the concept of a series of buildings instead of one large residence. The main house is 5,900 square feet with two adjoining outbuildings: the pool/guest house (730 square feet) and the garage with playroom above (900 square feet). Though the neighborhood could have justified a large imposing residence, Patterson chose to divide the program, placing the property in a historical vernacular of farmhouse with barn and outbuildings. The outbuildings along the side street allow for private poolside and garden site interiors, buffered from the street. Divided guest and entertaining spaces require HVAC only when needed, producing, along with other construction elements used, an environmentally conscious site. “We worked on keeping the major trees and shoehorned the house in,” noted Patterson.