Echoes of an earlier, more formal era may reverberate
through the house and grounds of a 3-acre estate in Osterville, Massachusetts,
but the reality of this summer home is invitingly casual: a big house with a
sweeping lawn that stretches to a dazzling 180-degree ocean view where the
homeowners, a Boston businessman and his wife, can welcome their two col-lege-age daughters (and their friends) for some downtime.
Drawing on such vernacular elements as cedar shingle siding, stone chim-ys, and a variety of roof profiles — including gambrel, shed, and gable
— architect Thomas P. Catalano, of Catalano Architects Inc. of Boston, created a new hommage to the classic Shingle style, giving it a relaxed informality
while maintaining its elegance and its signature awareness of the ocean.
Indeed, preserving that view, not just from the main living space, but
en from the winding driveway that welcomes visitors to the property, was
key to Catalano’s design. “The house faces due south,” says the architect, “and
a symmetrical composition suited the big lawn.” Considering the prevailing
southwest wind, he designed elliptical wings that extend from the main facade
at both the east and west ends, highlighting the architectural symmetry but
also playing a functional role. Enfolded in their protective embrace are a fieldstone terrace and two porches. “The wings enable the family to be protected
from the wind, sun, or rain, while still enjoying the outdoor spaces.”
with a stunning vista to the sea, the entry (right and facing page) displays
a balance of grand architectural elements, such as the double-height Palladian
window, with relaxed furnishings such as the wicker chairs. The dining room
(above) epitomizes the house’s casual elegance; the kitchen can been seen just
beyond, through a pocket door, and the foyer is reflected in the porthole mirror.