says Steve Corkin, who has spent most of his career as a global real
estate advisor to large institutional investors. Serendipitously, the
circa 1880 Dutch Colonial-ish shingled sweetheart of a house did come
on the market, and Corkin and his partner, Dan Maddalena, who once
made horror films with Wes Craven, went for it.
Then they reimagined it into three dream cottages.
From its vantage high on a bluff in Truro, Massachusetts, the
magnificent views of Cape Cod Bay didn’t disappoint. The sightlines
stretch from the tip of the Cape’s final curlicue at Provincetown across
the water and all the way up the state’s South Shore. But at just 1,280
square feet with four tiny bedrooms upstairs and a couple of cut-up
rooms on the first floor, Merrifield Cottage did not suit the couple’s
penchant for inviting overnight guests and throwing large parties.
They could have built a big house on the 1-acre parcel, but, says
Corkin, they didn’t want “a humongous McMansion. We wanted to be
super-respectful of our neighbors and of the history” of the area, which
is known for its small cottages on dunes.
They called architect Paul Krueger of Krueger Associates in Truro
and Watertown, Massachusetts, who is known for building cozy com-
pounds that distribute massing over several smaller structures. It was
a perfect client-architect fit. “I wanted to make it comfortable but not
lavish,” Krueger says. “Those McMansions with double-height break-
fast rooms really bother me. It doesn’t feel like a house anymore. It
feels like a hotel.”
The result of their collaboration is a combination of splendid
and sublime, with nothing that overwhelms but the heady view, which
Krueger ensured could be seen from every room. He accomplished that
by creating a courtyard flanked on three sides by buildings — the orig-
inal cottage and two new ones — with the fourth side open to the sea.
That configuration means that the first thing a visitor sees upon enter-
along the beach and say if that place ever became available, it would be a dream house,”
drum pendant lights in
jute hang over the huge
kitchen island. In the
morning, says Corkin, the
light in the room is pink.