The Dune House is on Chatham’s east-facing ocean beach. Counter to the popular trend of replacing modest cottages with large elaborate houses, the Dune House is actually smaller than the previous house. We divided the program into small scale, visually separate forms that share a vocabulary of shingles, shutters, boardwalks, and porches. A stone wall on the entry side reinforces the new structure’s low profile and anchors it to the site. A boardwalk, starting at the entry, continues beyond the glass, spilling out into the dunes beyond. Interior detailing, with painted board walls and ceilings, is spare and consciously secondary to the surrounding landscape. Floors and cabinets are bleached white oak, similar in color and look to the driftwood common to the shore. The windows, insulation and systems are energy efficient and the building is designed to withstand hurricane winds and corrosive salt air. While living on a dune is not without risks, it is a perfect place to watch dawn break over the ocean.
Builder: Arnold L. Fellman Building Construction, Inc., Orleans, MA / Landscape Architect: Wilkinson Ecological Design, Inc., Orleans, MA / Photographer: Warren Jagger, Providence, RI