Modern Shingle-Style

This home sits snug on a spectacular New England seaside lot. The design team, which included associates in New York City, worked together to distill the essence of the Shingle-style down to minimal modern forms, details, and materials. The result was a calming backdrop for seaside living marrying the site, house, and sea into a cohesive experience.

From the formal gravel motor court, the visitor is teased with strips of blue ocean that penetrate glass interstitial spaces which function to separate public areas from more private zones in the house. Qualities of the Shingle-style include a limited material palette, crisp forms wrapped in white cedar shingles, and articulate openings adorned in classic white trim. Modern aspects are featured in black steel doors and windows, vast planes of glass, totally concealed roof gutters and downspouts, and accents of Rheinzinc roofing from Germany.

The interior is bathed in soft whites, neutrals, and pale ocean colors. Fumed white oak floors in wide plank formation provide comfort underfoot. Ceilings with soft cove lighting soar in the foyer and bedrooms, while soft textures, linear detailing, and sleek cabinetry define a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere.

design principal

John S. MacDonald, AIA


Anthony Frausto, AIA, LEED AP

project team

James Christopherson

collaborative architect

Harper Design+Build

interior designers

Donald Schermerhorn (Schermerhorn Design)

Celeste Cooper

landscape architect

Gregory Lombardi Design

general contractor

The Legasse Group


Nat Rea Photography

publications & awards

PRISM Award, Best Single Family Home (2021)

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