plicity of a barn, but when you go inside, you’re surprised by the vol-
ume of open space and natural light.”
The north side of the home, which faces conservation land and
connects in greater degree to the red house, hosts the screened porch
and deck. The orientation means that on hot summer days, the deck
stays cool. Because a beach-access road lies on an easement to the
property, O’Shea placed an interior stairway in front of the south-side
windows to obstruct views into the house. The first floor is an open
plan, with glass doors by the dining area leading to the deck. “The
primary purpose of the house was to create a place to bring the whole
family together,” says O’Shea. “So we created a series of open, flow-
ing living spaces with lots of cozy group seating areas, both indoor
and outdoor.” A large U-shaped sofa faces a sleek fireplace inside, “a
theme we repeated outside with a group of Adirondack chairs to gather
around the firepit,” she says.
The first floor also boasts a multipurpose room and a full bath,
which together O’Leary currently uses as a master suite. In the kitchen,
open shelving enhances white walls, and gray quartz tops a peninsula.
a custom night stand in one of the bedrooms (left) has a white
lacquered exterior that matches the wall color and a stained oak
shelf and base that match the interior doors used throughout the
house. The first-floor bath (below) has tounge-and-groove
paneling and gray quartz countertops, while the shower (left
bottom) has a white subway-tile wall with a window.