Large windows give the living area plenty of natural light, plus a stunning view to the water.
Another defining element is wood, used not only for floors but on
ceilings as well. The second-floor master bedroom, for example, features peaked ceilings, which reach 18 feet and are sheathed in antique
cypress, and a master bath with a teak floor. Elsewhere, the house has
maple floors and maple interior trim. “We were very intentional in our
desire to make the house look natural, or even rustic,” says JoAnn.
A second-floor guest bedroom was added, and a rebuilt freestanding garage holds a home office and additional sleeping quarters.
Throughout the house, both inside and out, bits of serendipity
add the final touches in keeping with JoAnn’s love of odd finds — and
her tireless spirit for reinvention. Examples include using an old piece
of wood found on the property as the fireplace mantel, turning two
pieces of travertine into a dining table that seats 14 by adding a mid-
section of teak, using five boulders offered from a nearby estate to fill
in a bit of landscape at the northwest corner of the prop-
erty, turning an extra cedar beam into a garden bench,
and finding a couple of pieces of ledge in a rubble pile in
Tiverton, Rhode Island, that were just right as garden
“That’s how I drive everyone crazy,” says JoAnn with a laugh. “Not
only do I find these things, but then we have to go figure out how to get
them back to the house or make them work.”
With their most challenging carriage house renovation complete,
the homeowners are not looking for another project.
“This is our year-round home,” says JoAnn, “and we now have
room for the entire family to gather. That’s saying something.”
in the master bedroom, the
cherry cabinetry (far left)
lining a wall was made by
builder David Jenkins of
Middletown, Rhode Island. A
new French door of salvaged
cypress (near left) leads to the
stone bridge across which, it is
thought, carriages once rolled in
from the road.
the master bathroom,
tucked in the eaves, is a
spa-like haven of natural wood
and glossy tile, with an inviting
built-in seat (far left) in the
cove-facing window. The tiled
shower (near left) features a
half-wall to keep the room
open and airy. The custom
shower-head assembly was
designed by the homeowner.