the outdoors seeps in at every opportunity, while views of meadows and woods are continuously framed. A large window at the stair landing (left) reveals the open-air showers and offers a glimpse of fruit trees beyond the garage. The opaque glass (bottom) focuses the downward path of the staircase. Behind it are the dining room and garden beyond. The pergola off the living room (right) gives shade from the summer sun and acts as a transition between the order of inside and the natural setting outside.
sheltered main entrance. The shed’s roof morphs into the pergola that links house and garage — and covers two outdoor
showers along the passage, which continues as a walkway to
the garden pavilion.
The sensible low-key aesthetic of white cedar shingles, stand-ing-seam metal roof, and large two-over-two windows carries on
to the inside, where a sliding barn door closes off the den. The
interior is starkly minimal: Except for narrow reveals, the house is
without moldings. Framing the staircase to the second floor is an
opaque glass panel that by night is backlit with LED bulbs.
Befitting a casual getaway, kitchen, dining, and living areas
flow together, the spaces defined by exposed structural-steel
beams. Pine flooring was reclaimed from a historic mill, while
countertops are Vermont slate. The fieldstone fireplace that
anchors the living area is composed of foundation stones from
a dismantled nearby barn.
After a swim in the ocean and a shower on the covered
walkway, family and guests enter this light-filled house through
a practical mudroom, tossing bathing suits and
towels in the washer and putting sandals and
sneakers in Shaker-style cubbyholes. Designed
as transitional passage from outdoor activity to
indoor domesticity, the mudroom included in a special shelf
where another kind of dream house, a 1930s dollhouse built for
Christopher Born’s mother as a child, is proudly preserved. In 80
years, this real house will no doubt prove as timeless.