The clients were in touch with this Block Island aesthetic when they came to us with a secluded hilltop site near the middle of the island. They admired the simplicity and directness of older farm houses in the area, but wanted a house that would also be modern and open. The house was for summers, weekends, and maybe even winters. It was to be small and reasonable, inexpensive to build (a relative term on Block Island) and easy to maintain.
The result was an efficient 20’ x 42’ two-story block with two first floor cutouts: 1600 square feet total with three bedrooms. An indented glass wall to the south and west captures the sun and opens onto a large south facing deck for outdoor summer living. With the exception of the master bedroom, where views were a must, other glazing is limited to punched openings to keep the house thermally efficient. Every room has a large double hung window dedicated to the distant north view.
Contractor: Paul Bannon, Sandwich, MA
Photographer: Warren Jagger, Providence, RI