The existing 1950’s cottage had a private setting with 180 degree water views. Our client was sold on the notion of knocking it down and building a much larger house. We convinced them to keep the house and add on. On the view side, we extended the post and beam roof and glass infill, creating a light filled great room. On the wooded side, we added a more solid two-story wing for bedrooms and bathrooms. The existing low one story areas easily became entry, a reading nook, and stair hall.
The contrasting scale of small low areas to tall open spaces was already there in the little cottage. By opening things up, the contrast was enhanced. While the final product is considerably smaller than the owners had planned, it is at one with the site, which pleases everyone.
Builder: Ray Construction / Photographer: Warren Jagger