1 screened porch
3 formal dining
6 living room
7 informal dining
8 family room
wooded setting abuts protected wetlands and overlooks a small
river just at the point where it expands dramatically before
heading for the ocean a few miles away. From the house, only
trees, water, and the occasional bald eagle are visible.
3SIXØ project manager Jack Ryan began by simplifying
the library (left), lined with shelves filled with books and
the envelope of the 2,900-square-foot Colonial. This shoes-
off family wanted the house divided to combine quiet spaces,
such as library, office, and meditation room, with a family-
centered core. The main block of the original house became
a single, open family room built around the serene kitchen,
with a fireplace at one end and a new wall of sliding doors
looking out to the river. A white maple dining table parallels
an equally simple island topped by a slab of polished concrete.
Built-in wenge cabinets reinforce the simplicity. “We strove
to dedicate space for everything,” says Katie, “so that clutter
did not distract us or create mental clutter.”
Beyond the steel-wrapped fireplace wall is a 12-by-14-
foot meditation room based on the Japanese tatami module.
A new floor-to-ceiling window is covered with a rice-paper
shoji panel, split horizontally, so that when it is snowing, any
reference to the sky can be cropped out of the view to create
a more Zen experience. A Buddha in a tokonoma, or small
shrine, reminds the couple “to stay true to our daily prac-
tice,” Katie says.
Asian collectibles, doubles as a guest room.
5 living room
6 planned terrace
8 dining area
9 meditation room