four-year-old Michael Alpers uses the long
drive as a training area for mastering his bike
riding skills. The home’s zigzag roofline helps
camouflage the original 1960s building (inset
below). The entry hall (facing page) makes a
strong artistic statement with its sculptural
staircase and artwork from the International
Poster Gallery in Boston.
who finds nuance at nearly every spot in the building, is especially excited at the way the
rain chain, which handles all of the addition’s roof drainage, dangles next to the chunky
concrete. “You get to wonder,” he muses, “‘What’s holding things up? Is it the concrete or
The rest of the home is wrapped in stained cedar shiplap siding of differing widths and
orientations. The old building is made to disappear even more by a zigzagging roof overhang that obscures the line of the original eaves. A fieldstone wall designed by landscape
architect Kris Horiuchi of Horiuchi Solien Inc. of Falmouth, Massachusetts,
forms a perfect circle under the floating box of the master suite, an unexpected curve in a symphony of straight lines.
Standing on the lawn under the thrusting point of the addition’s roof,
Jim says, “When we first saw all this rendered in three dimensions on Paul’s
computer, we simply couldn’t believe we were going to get to live in such a beautiful place.
It seemed beyond our dreams.” The evidence would suggest it wasn’t.