and neutrals. “It’s quiet on the eye, but has personality and incorporates the blue of the water.” A “cook’s blue” enlivens the kitchen,
while a more serene tone enhances the master suite. French Canadian
antique tables, twig chandeliers, curtain rods wrapped in rope, and a
collection of sailor’s valentines add what Valliere calls an eclectic “
That feeling of long-entrenched comfort is palpable in the four-season porch. “They live on that porch,” says Goodnow. “It’s probably
the most interesting room in the house.” The space is screened in
warm months, glass-paneled in winter. The mahogany floor is laid out
in a grid that mimics the antique heart-pine coffered ceiling, a detail
reminiscent of Old World craftsmanship. And where the V-groove
walls meet the river-rock fireplace, Woodmeister’s team carefully
scribed the intersection.
For recreation and entertaining, the family also wanted a pool,
but instead of siting it alongside the house, Woodmeister’s senior
designer, Neal Adamiak, suggested a location several hundred yards
away, about midway from house to headland precipice. “It creates a gradual move into nature,” says the
homeowner. The pool resembles a natural outcropping thanks to massive boulders brought to the site. A
pool house with kitchen and bath facilities and a loft
reached via a handcrafted spiral twig staircase makes for a self-sufficient retreat.
Perhaps most satisfying of all for the homeowners is the glimpse of
the home’s facade as they walk the path from headland back to house:
With its octagonal porch and central great room, their beach house
looks remarkably like the napkin sketch that started it all.
design decisions | alter eco
➜ heating and cooling
provides thermal and
infiltration barriers, and
and windows minimize
heat loss. The
is fueled with propane.
➜ humidity A Nortec
system keeps the
constant, which is
wood surfaces in the
Though traditional, the
buildings on this property
speak to the future
of energy efficiency.
➜ power The pool-house
roof, at left, features
photovoltaic cells tied
to a metering system
that returns excess
energy to the electrical
grid. With an expected
output of 6,750 kilowatt
hours per year, the
system will provide all
the electricity the house
needs — and then some.
➜ water An Avantek
septic system creates
cleaner waste water
with lower nitrogen
levels than conventional systems. Less
nitrogen means less
algae, which depletes
oxygen and can be
harmful to marine life.