did not know when we made the decision months earlier that Cambridge would be the first city hall to open
(at 12:01 a.m.) and grant licenses. We were married the next morning at 9: 15.”
McLaughlin and Maynard share a love of design, and spent years admiring historic New England archi-
tecture up and down the coast. “I’ve always been interested in architecture, and I’ve always been intrigued
by all the details,” says McLaughlin. So when they started planning their seaside home, they turned to Judd
Brown again and brought him photos of houses they admired as a starting point.
The result, completed in late 2013, is a house at once so rich in detail that every room’s exquisite millwork could captivate an onlooker for hours. Yet, it is so perfectly situated for summer living that there’s
really no reason to ever leave the “summer living room,” a space that opens to the outdoors when the
Nana Wall glass doors are folded back and motorized retractable screens drop down to keep insects at bay.
(There’s also a conventional living room nestled in the center of the house.)
“What we tried to do architecturally is reflect 1920s coastal New England cottages, early Shingle Style
infused with Craftsman details,” says Judd Brown. “And of course, we were fixated on how to capture the
views.” The 6,000-square-foot house wraps along a ridge on the property, taking advantage of a high point
that elongates the view; on clear nights, the signal from Block Island’s Southeast Light can be seen in the
distance. With summer living in mind, Brown positioned the kitchen and summer living room facing west
and the first-floor master suite facing south, and designed the rooms with walls of windows and glass doors.
“When I first show people the house, it’s not so much that we walk from room to room, but from window to
window,” says McLaughlin with a laugh.
the winter living room has a
coffered mahogany ceiling,
white-oak floors with mahogany
borders, and a granite fireplace,
which makes it the perfect space
for settling in when a coastal