This Shingle Style cottage is an extensive renovation of an undistinguished one-story ranch house. The new structure retains the original footprint and was built within very strict height, setback, and skyplane limitations. A few bold moves—most notably an expansive hipped roof that unifies the overall composition—establish a distinctive character for the house, while working within a relatively modest budget. The compact plan minimizes space devoted to circulation in order to make the living room, library and dining room as large as possible. The kitchen and breakfast room are open to the dining room, which in turn opens to an outdoor deck, to create a casual flow for entertaining.

Published in Nice House, by Samuel G. White, Monacelli Press 2010

Photography by Jonathan Wallen