Gloucester House 2Gloucester, MA | in design phase
On a tight corner lot on a bluff overlooking 2 beach coves, this weekend and future full-time home was designed to maximize views and usable outdoor space. To improve the beach views, the main living space is raised to the second floor, where the L-shaped massing wraps around a deck to protect the outdoor space from prevailing north winds. The living room is a 2-story volume with ample daylight and beach views. Below the deck, a concrete volume contains the garage and storage/clean-up space for kayaks and other water sports. On the third floor, an east-facing recessed deck off the master bedroom provides a sunny morning spot to take in the views.
Warm wood siding and door frames at decks and doorways punctuate the dark cement board cladding. A wood trellis to support vines clads the garage wall at the street elevation, and wraps around a planter at deck level. Concrete walls at the foundation and garage volume are board-formed to create an inviting and warm texture.
Size: 4385 SF + 725 SF decks
Architect: Heather Weiss, studiohw
Renderings: Fangliang Shen