Summer is here. Brilliant blues abound; crystal skies, fragrant flowers, and of course – the sea. From 4th of July to days “upta camp,” all of New England is preparing for her greatest season as a regional gem. Vacationland, crisp air, and smoky evenings of glittering stars by the water. The imagery never ends. But there’s a certain imagery that can become a part of your home, all year round: classic waterfront architecture. With a few touches or even full renovations, your exterior can have you dreaming of gorgeous summer days, no matter the season.
This home’s Adirondack, Arts and Crafts lines inherently lends itself to New England sensibilities – but the truest part of the design lies in its details, and details can be accessible to renovations of any scale. Inspired by its natural setting, earthy paint hues as both base and trim are key in grounding this exterior; match with locally-sourced, rough-hewn stone finishes and the perfect fire pit, and this outdoor space becomes a midsummer night’s dream.
At first glance, this retreat may seem more inspired by Venice Beach than Popham Beach, but again the details stand as testament to the possibilities of combining traditional New England details with contemporary oceanfront ideals. Sandy tones and geometrically laid stones appear a contemporary departure from tradition, yet still draw from the surroundings, while classic latticework and gracefully sloping supports flawlessly balance that coastal Northeastern elegance.
From the strong shape to the striking symmetry, this home was made to be modern. Even more than the prior contemporary example, its linear layers and unusual accoutrement are fabulously unique for the East Coast – yet even then, the area’s architectural history creates the final supporting base. Including a sumptuous hot tub and plenty of room to relax, this addition of this sprawling deck remains the house’s statement piece with tempered wood and a natural, weather-worn finish.
Design truly is in the details. For those who shy from big renovations, that’s a blessing – especially when bringing the waterfront to your facade. While this home’s dramatic dormer windows add that classic, sophisticated flair – and their variety of glass pane details heighten the timeless vibe – a golden weathervane is the true final touch. Simple and elegant, topping your home with such a piece is an easy yet effortless way to add your call to the sea.
Though the turret may feel reminiscent of castles and fairytales, this home is really an amalgam of absolute water adventure. Spacious deck, beautiful speckled stone, delicate white details, and even a shining weathervane. However you hope to renovate your home, and on whatever scale, a touch of New England can bring that amazing summer season to your exterior wherever your house may stand, and for years to come. If you’re looking to build or renovate a home inspired by New England’s beauty, TMS Architects would be more than happy to make that happen. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.