The client wanted to endow the traditional, 1939 Cape Cod design with a more contemporary look. The challenge was to create an exterior with clean lines to reflect the minimalist treatment inside and to make the original structure more architecturally consistent with the recent, two-story addition.
The front door was moved from the north to the east elevation, and a portico was added that referenced colonial tradition with a design representing an abstraction of that tradition. Then all windows, siding and trim details were replaced where necessary to unify the finishes and tone of both the new and the old. Stonework around the front entry is the client’s design and execution; it ties the house to the surrounding gardens, walls and front terrace. Ultimately, the house reflects the client’s eclectic taste, a creative blend of historic and contemporary.