The house is a study in simplicity—and problem solving. It was a tough site, says architect Jim Estes: “Not much room and close neighbors.” To make the most of the lot, he took the house up to the setback lines, which created a courtyard on the street side.
The natural landscape design incorporates an abundance of native plants; the long, bottom leg of the “U” (the back of the house) is oriented to take full advantage of the water views.
The house nestles into the dramatic slope of the lot.
To help the house blend into its natural surroundings, the design team kept the existing woodlands wherever possible, supplemented with native trees and plants. Red cedar shingles and stone enhance the home’s connection to the land.
Wood decking links the nearby parking area with the dairy barn. The barn door is just one of many thoughtful details reinforcing the home’s farm narrative.
Guest bedrooms and the family room occupy one wing of the home. The oversize windows light the staircase to the owners’ second-floor sanctuary.
Architect Lyman Goff worked closely with the clients to design a moderately proportioned Shingle-style home.
The original house, which holds guest quarters, is connected to the barn-style addition by the Royal Barry Wills-inspired entrance hallway.
Wide porches, two balconies, and a roof walk allow open-air views of Nantucket Harbor to the north.
The red-cedar roof and white cedar shingle siding, traditional for the area, are allowed to weather naturally.
Resting atop a base of bluestone and New England fieldstone, this Cape Cod residence draws from nineteenth-century traditions, but includes amenities such as a ground-floor gym that opens out onto a swimming pool. The balcony belongs to the owner’s bedroom—one of three master suites incorporated to accommodate the owner’s children and their future families.
In compliance with the owner’s wishes, the rejuvenated house looks like it has always been there. “We wanted to maintain the home’s modest scale but also make it function the way people like to live today,” explains architect Patrick Ahearn.
Gold flame honeysuckle climbs the pergola, overlooking the perennial garden’s mix of lavender, salvia, Rozanne geraniums, Bluebonnet, and Asiatic lilies.
The nautical motif was extended to the back deck, where a white, powder-coated aluminum dining set overlooks the Centerville River. The rebuilt deck’s surface was chosen as a close match to the interior floors for a seamless transition between spaces.
The home’s classic shingled exterior looks much the same, post renovation, with the addition of a multitude of new window boxes filled with pink geraniums.
Kevin Baker Stonework is responsible for the hardscaping, including the stone terrace on the water side of the house, where the homeowners’ pup, Chewie, enjoys the view.
Original exterior details, such as the cornerstones, were replicated in the new parts of the house.
An assortment of plant-filled pots dress up the front door.
A crushed-clamshell drive lined with boxwood leads to the new porte-cochère. The home’s top-to-bottom update blends modern features and character-infusing details, such as high-efficiency windows made with hand-blown glass. “A typical summer house has become a four-season home,” says interior designer Helen Higgins.
Rick Wagner peers out of his professional-grade observatory.
To maximize the home’s hilltop site, the designers added several exterior patios and seating areas while opening up the view side of the home with massive windows.
Diverse rooflines to break up the mass of this hillside residence are among the renovations that turned a rather ordinary house into a spectacular home. Other changes include larger windows to take full advantage of magnificent mountain views and a custom-made observatory for even more distant views.
Designer Nancy Serafini and her husband, Joe, turned their one-story, three-bedroom cottage on a quiet Nantucket street into a spacious—but still charming—house with plenty of room for their grown children and a passel of grandchildren.
Happily, the 1920 retreat’s classic shingled exterior had been rejuvenated by the previous owners when Rylee and family arrived.
The clean-lined and practical kitchen was smartly designed by Pennoyer and his associate Jasmine Pinto. They used Jet Mist honed granite for the countertops and found the backsplash tile locally, at Cider Press Tile in Keene.
Chippendale-style gates bring a traditional touch to the grounds. Under landscape designer Elizabeth Halley’s care, the site is burgeoning with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs that complement the home’s architecture.
Garden designer and horticulturist -Deborah Munson created the lattice-like Belgian fence of espaliered pears scaling the brick wall that sets off the pool.
Rather than the usual terrace off the family room, Rylee and Fisher devised a floating terrace using massive salvaged stone slabs.
The handsome new house that replaced a nondescript ranch has a time-honored, neoclassical appearance. Homeowner/interior designer Leslie Rylee and builder Dennis Fisher bought many antique elements, such as the front door and its surround, to further an old feel. Details that had to be added were crafted carefully. “Every new window and door we added was custom made,” Fisher says.
Goff pushed the rear of the house out to add the glass-walled family room and the covered porch.
Irregular, rounded stone forms a walkway from the drive to the front door.
Gale Goff, the architect who designed this Jamestown, Rhode Island, house, returned to forge an addition to expand the kitchen and create a family room. The addition, which segues from the enlarged kitchen to the spacious covered porch, was accomplished seamlessly.
Landscape architect William Pressley says he was absolutely in sync with the architect, and understood the importance of a hardscape and plantings that would do justice to the extraordinary home.
With its proud arches, prominent stone facade, fanciful roofline, and abundant details, the home is an unabashed homage to the American architect H.H. Richardson and his signature Romanesque Revival style. Slate and copper roofing adds to the sense of age and permanence Meyer and his clients wanted.
The house design includes bedrooms with covered porches away from the public spaces.
At this Martha’s Vineyard house, the deeply overhanging roofs, stone walls, wood colonnade, and ample windows were inspired by the iconic work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The center section of the newly built Greek Revival is a copy of the nineteenth-century house that once stood on the property.
The reclaimed barn.
The breezeway connects the barn and main house.
The property offered the whole country package, including the farmhouse with its classic colonial facade.
The homeowners were living in Brooklyn, New York, and had never heard of Westport until they started looking for a home for their growing family. They were sold after one look at this iconic farmhouse on lovingly tended, parklike grounds.
“This project was an unbelievable collaboration,” says builder Stephen Sullivan. “Everybody involved took pride in their work and the owner’s appreciation made it all worthwhile.”
The wife’s choice of the cadet-blue trim color is just one of the unique touches in this house. The lofty garage holds a second-level guest suite complete with kitchenette. Landscape designer Susan Saunders’s rich tapestry of trees and plantings, including spirea, viburnum, and fragrant clethra, enhances the front entrance.
Granite slabs set into the grassy slope act as modern stepping stones.
A brise-soleil on the south-facing side of the house offers shade in the summer but lets warmth in during winter.
The entry stairs pay homage to the stone walls that are a big part of the Vineyard’s history and character.
Grand as it looks, the pavilion is perfectly scaled to fit its surroundings.
Night and day, visitors are drawn by the rhythms of this garden pavilion’s lattice-like layering of architectural elements.
Architect Guy Grassi’s brick-and-glass design pays tribute to the adjacent row of historic homes, yet pushes the envelope of sleek, modern architecture.
Landscape designer Mary LeBlanc created multiple outdoor seating areas, including this charming nook with a fire pit.
A woodland landscape, anchored by beautiful oaks, provides a lush backdrop for this Shingle style Falmouth house designed by architect John Dvorsack.
Wraparound porches are perfect for savoring the scenery.
The landscape plan, by Nantucket Heritage Landscapes, includes a variety of grasses and shrubs.
The handsome house, designed by architect Mark Cutone, mimics the exterior of the original structure and befits the island vernacular. Lush plantings and tiered stone walls play up the property’s change of grade and add color and texture to the postcard setting.
Surgical precision was required to site the house among the mature trees. Donaroma’s Nursery and Landscape Services created an inner courtyard rimmed with plantings.
Symmetry defines the front of the Shingle-style house.
n back, symmetry gives way to interesting roof lines, a turret, porches and a fieldstone chimney that serves four fireplaces.
Over the years, the 1840s Federal-style house had been given a mansard roof and Victorian flourishes.
Grassi designed the houseâs curved doorway.
The exterior brackets on the tower addition match those flanking the back door.
Round and oval ornamental windows add interest to the house’s front facade.
The back porch sprawls across the living room, family room and kitchen with their spectacular views of the harbor beyond.
The home’s exterior and its surroundings blend references to the stately houses of Europe and New England’s iconic stone walls.
Located in Southport’s Historic District, the Shingle-style house hadn’t been altered much since it was built in 1894, retaining its original detail and character.
The welcoming 4,000-square-foot, shingled house incorporates timeless features like a port cochere.
Gambrel roofs and low eaves give the house its horizontal, ground-hugging quality.
An addition to an existing post-and-beam house on Nantucket gave its new owners a wide porch and more formal entry area.
In keeping with the location’s vernacular, Matthew R. MacEachern, principal of the Nantucket firm Emeritus, artfully incorporated all the traditional elements of what he labels the home’s “high Shingle style” but in a scaled down, contemporary manner better attuned to today. Spare and elegant, the new house is a perfect fit for a shell drive and hydrangeas—both longtime Nantucket favorites.
The four-story, nineteenth-century Back Bay townhouse, converted
to apartments in the 1960s, has been restored as a single-family home.
White clapboard and brick give the house a quintessential New England feel in keeping with the charming town of Amherst, New Hampshire. The Wakehams left the original layout intact while completely overhauling the interior design. The goal was a house that was "comfortable, beautiful, and functional," says Desi Wakeham.
So classic are the lines and materials of this Shingle-style waterfront home in Greenwich, it’s almost hard to believe it was only recently built.
Plantings and stone terracing enhance house and property.
The owners fell in love with the house in part because of its views, which include iconic Maine landmarks such as the Isle of Shoals and Boone Island Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New England.
After a century beside the ocean, virtually the entire exterior of the house needed replacing, from new cedar shakes to the rot-proof trim. Its original appearance, however, remains.
A breezeway connects the house with the garage.
The new home's shape says "barn"; while fenestration and amenities speak of the comforts of modern life.
A view of the hydrangea garden.
Lush hydrangea bushes surround the house.
A new deck off the kitchen makes a picture-perfect place for casual dining.
Boaters have easy access via the dock.
Those staying behind on the covered porch can monitor comings and goings.
The owner’s yacht ties up in view of the house.
Adriana's love of symmetry and angular design are evident in both the house's exterior and the landscaping.
The genteel clapboard house sits on two well-tended acres overlooking Washingtonâs historic green.
Every exterior feature, especially the outdoor entertaining spaces, was given the same attention to detail as the interiors.
The homeâs facade is grand, inviting and traditional.
The porch is one of Rudermanâs favorite spots because, she says, it reflects who she is as a designer.
The porch is casually furnished with wicker and wrought iron.
The childrenâs bedrooms sit on the ground level, while main living spaces are situated on the second floor.
The outdoor living room is a favorite relaxation destination.
The house's exterior of wood and local stone suits the dramatic, natural setting.
The house is a celebration of natural materials.
The clever design presents a different facade from every vantage point, a visual trick that keeps the large house from overwhelming its site.
The circular âmoongateâ entry to the backyard moss garden adds visual interest and acts as foil to the homeâs otherwise straight lines. The slanting roofline takes its cue from the surrounding topography.
The exterior retains its Federal-style charm.
The aesthetically pleasing covered walkway between the house and the garage provides protection from the elements.
Lombardi created an outdoor oasis behind the house that recalls the ownersâ previous home in California.
Architect Weston and builder Rob Thompson added a second level to an existing ranch house, making extensive changes to the exterior design.
Landscape architect Gregory Lombardi accentuated the curves of the existing pool by pairing it with horizontal bands of bluestone and grass.
The industrial feel of the deckâs open metalwork is softened by the spiral staircase to the patio.
In a nod to going green, the roof of the pool house is topped with sedum and moss.
Stone walls, raised beds, low foundation plantings and lush shrubs create a sense of enclosure at the entry of the house.
Light floods the home through generously scaled windows, while the barn-like doors, painted in bold shades of yellow and chartreuse, stand ready to slide closed, buttoning up the house for privacy.
The new addition brought a parade of French doors that open from the family room to a covered porch with the master suite above.
A narrow path meanders to the cove.
Landscape designer Larry Maxim and the homeowners agreed on a low-maintenance plan that includes native shrubs, trees and flowering plants that provide color and textural interest in every season.
Wildflowers are part of the overall natural landscape design.
Deep overhanging eaves temper the hot summer sun and help protect the Ipe siding from weather.
Creeping and wooly thyme between the cobblestones add softness to the courtyard.
The home’s classic shingled exterior gives it a timeless look.
A weathervane inspired by the Fool in the Tarot deck stands atop the cupola.
A bluestone terrace surrounded by lush plantings makes a peaceful outdoor dining area.
The old standalone garage is now a fitness room and studio.
Landscape architect David Hawk planted lush perennial beds along a meandering bluestone path.
The original Cape-style house still forms the core of the expanded home.
The classic Shingle-style house was built in 1996.
The pontoon-shaped deck is an outdoor living and dining room that is as large as its indoor counterparts. The deck stands at a distance from the house, accessed by walkways from the living room, kitchen and master bedroom.
Elevating the house on steel pilings minimizes the structure’s footprint on the Cape Cod scrub oak forest and gives the house spectacular views all around. The space underneath the house has a sitting area for ground-level relaxing.
The welcoming parking court, situated between the main house and the pool house, is hidden from the road. Dual chimneys framing the widow’s walk and colorful window boxes at the dormers further the home’s charm.
The rugged beauty of the ledge outcropping, now freed from year of vegetation, adds further drama to the waterside site.
The architect basically maintained the home’s look but relocated windows to tighten the design’s symmetry. Facing page, bottom: Refinished chairs surround a glass-topped game table on a reclaimed wood base in the living room.
The rugged beauty of the ledge outcropping, now freed from years of vegetation, adds further drama to the waterside site.
Landscape architect Gregory Lombardi dug into the grade in several places, including the pool area, to improve sight-lines and make the hardscaping feel more integral to the land.
The home’s second floor and the pergola that runs along the entire south wall were left unpainted. The wood will weather naturally over time, blending into the landscape.
Transom doors on the guest house make the building look like a relic from a previous era.
The pool area offers great views of Sengekontacket Pond, but maintains privacy from the adjacent Farm Neck golf course.
Boating, swimming and docks to leap off make this the perfect spot for family fun.
The stonework edging around the base of this classic Maine camp was inspired by the original structure’s chimney, a nod to the history of this special place.
The modern house nestles into its landscape.
Building the deck only a few inches above the ground eliminated the need for a railing.
The pergola surrounding the home frames exterior living spaces while a third floor deck provides water views.
The homeowners were drawn to the unassuming facade of the house.
Traditional gray and white go bold with an accent of citron.
The home’s materials may seem familiar, but its clean lines speak to today.
From a distance, the house seems in sync with neighbors, but "move closer and it takes on its own singular character," explains architect Marcus Gleysteen.
Spectacular views call for special attention to the windows. Architect Jim Estes used a two-over-two grid throughout for continuity and texture.
The property’s three gardens were planted and nurtured for many years by former owners, then went through a bit of an unkempt growth period.
Lewis was bent on the gardens’ revival when she moved in, and with the help of gardener Craig Lemberger, restored them to full flower.
Lewis had admired the traditional cape and its gardens for years before she bought the house.
Historic homes along Orange Street share interior walls with their neighbors.
The lighter shingles on the new addition will eventually weather to match the original house.
The conservatory opens onto a casual patio and broad lawn.
Classic elements, such as the stone facade and gabled roofs, were architect Marcus Gleysteen’s starting point for the contemporary mountain getaway.
A gently bowed bridge leads the way to the front door.
The exterior of the Georgian Revival home.
A spiral staircase leads from the garage to the studio.
A concrete plinth serves as a grand terrace for the walk-out lower level.
Minimalist materials soften the home’s impact on the site.
Looking perfectly comfortable in a wintry setting, this Redding home takes its design cues (and even some of its building materials) from nearby Connecticut barns.
Grand inside and out, this stately 1885 former summer home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, retains its historic charm.
A wide path was created by stones inset casually in the grass.
The simple landscape plan includes a New England beech tree that offers a shady spot for the family’s two black Labs.
The stone-and-shingle Arts and Crafts-style residence holds a medley of historical references, along with quirky details that make it seem like a century-old home rather than a contemporary spec house.
Ornamental grasses border the sloping path leading from the shoreline to the trellised backyard patio outside the kitchen door.
The expanded kitchen and the new dining room open onto a roomy terrace.
As part of the renovation, the architects added a new mudroom entrance, with era-appropriate brackets to complement the home’s style, to the left of the front door. Simple plantings and a light exterior palette showcase the architecture.
Two new wings honor the original home’s gambrel style; while the left wing extends forward, architectural symmetry is implied.
Rebecca Lindenmeyr’s natural-looking landscape is certified as a wildlife habitat.
Architect John Battle wanted to create a "human-scale entry that would be relatively understated, comfortable, and welcoming."
The clients wanted to capture views at every turn, so the home was designed with almost uninterrupted rows of windows
a treetop deck off the screened-in porch
Traditional materials and contemporary lines come together to create a house that feels both familiar and unique.
The native stone facade links the house to its setting, while the inset entry offers both shelter and a bit of drama.
Layers of gables and a strong roofline give this coastal Connecticut home the illusion of being smaller than it actually is.
The facade of this 1786 house in Vermont has changed little over the years. The marble pool was added by former owners at the beginning of the last century.
Architect Chip Dewing created an addition, clad in off-white clapboard, that is packed with personality but complements the original house.
Windows wrap the striking rear elevation.
With its red cedar shingles and cedar trim, the five-bedroom house blends nicely with the traditional flavor of the suburban Boston neighborhood. A chip-seal driveway, New England bluestone-covered retaining walls, and magnolia trees soften the landscape.
The homeowners wanted an Adirondack-style rustic retreat that would feel welcoming at any time of year, including snowy winter weekends. The warm glow of the wooden exterior promises shelter from the storm.
The exterior wears classic black and white.
The newly renovated home is unified by a lengthy front porch and features such traditional colonial design elements as a cedar-shingle gabled roof and dormers.
The loggia creates a bridge between the interior and the back lawn.
Plentiful windows and a wide door lead to a large terrace off the living room, marrying indoor and outdoor spaces.
This house looks historic, but modern surprises await behind the boldly hued front door. Although careful consideration was taken to preserve the historic significance of the building’s exterior, the interiors reflect all the comforts of a twenty-first-century home.
A new driveway and handsome landscaping enhance the charm of the nineteenth-century house and its hilltop location.
Black shutters offset the white-painted exterior of the 1940s-era home.
Insulated channel glass panels, walls of Corten steel, and a cantilevered roof define the entry to the house.
A material-rich palette of Corten steel, board-form concrete, repurposed snow fencing, and rough-sawn western red cedar lends texture and tone.
Architect Brian Mac created a dramatic twenty-eight-foot cantilevered roof and integrated upper terrace that engages beautifully with the landscape.
The house was designed to tuck into its wooded, rocky ledge. The fireplace, untouched in the renovation, is built of local stone. The stone porch looks out on a view of a pond.
The northwestern Connecticut home’s camp-style aesthetic-rough-sawn wide clapboards and white-painted, wood-framed windows-is characteristic of the work of Ruth Maxon Adams, who designed it in the 1920s.
Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak on the hunt for new materials
Bénédicte de Blavous Moubarak on the hunt for new materials
When the Battles bought the historic Concord, Massachusetts, house, they painted the shutters Waterbury Green and removed several pine trees from the front yard to better highlight the picket fence.
Mariani’s husband, Patrick Barron, who once built trails for the National Parks Service, designed the landscaping.
The interplay between old and new in the Jamaica Plain home is evident from this perspective, which shows the bay, clad in standing-seam metal panels, that architect and homeowner Manuela Mariani added to the 1880 house.
Opportunities abound for catching ocean views, including a pair of second-floor roof decks. A honeysuckle hedge (with a safety fence hidden inside) safeguards the pool.
Sudbury Design Group’s landscaping plan includes a generous swath of hydrangeas that enhance the appeal of the handsome shingled house. Architects Lisa Botticelli and Ray Pohl’s design incorporates the classic details beloved by Nantucket residents.
Nestled into the hill and oriented toward the water, the house is mostly hidden from town despite being in the middle of it. The landscape plan is lush and natural looking.
The boathouse wears classic dark-green trim.
The home’s handsome stonework speaks to the rocky shore and helps connect the house to its surroundings. Cedar shingles and copper roofs further harmonize with nature.
In addition to ever-changing water views, the home’s breath-taking location captures vistas of the Adirondack Mountains to the west. "It was thrilling to be on this site and a privilege to work on such a special house," says designer Milford Cushman.
Balconies and French doors are plentiful throughout the house, giving the owners easy access between indoors and out. Gregory Lombardi’s landscaping plan unifies the pool and sitting and dining areas, creating an outdoor living room.
Details like the eyebrow dormer and curved balcony add extra interest to the elegant facade.
Architect George Penniman moved the -cottage back from the water’s edge and added a wing at a 90-degree angle. The revamped home has all the understated charm of the original, keeping the focus on the vast ocean views.
New Hampshire lakefront garden
The roof is planted with native grasses and plants, providing insulation, edible berries, and a sense that the house is below a "lifted field."
Landscape architect Todd Richardson, who was involved in the project from conception, placed local granite and plantings to appear as if they occurred naturally. Architect Will Winkelman designed the house to meld with the land.
Landscape designer Simon Johnson created a secluded garden room for the swimming pool.