MacArthur Construction Company Inc.
cambridge, ma • 617 864 2234 • www.maccoco.com
BUILDERS SINCE 1985
the terrace at the water’s edge is built of
Freshwater Pearl granite mined in Frankfort,
Maine. At high tide (facing page), the water
comes in halfway beneath the house, making it
easy for Ken Gray to launch his rowing shell.
contained within a handsome teak box that
forms a coffee table when the lid is closed.
Storage compartments beneath the custom-made bed feature flush ring pulls like
those found on yachts.
The floors throughout are maple, save
for the master bath, where sandblasted
Glassos tiles cover the floor (polished glass
tiles cover the walls).
The palette is subtle and deliberate. The Grays personally painted 22 colors on the facade of the old cottage before
they settled on a cashmere gray for their
new house. To find the most natural and
unobtrusive color for the support piers,
they laid 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood
in the intertidal zone and painted sample
swatches until they settled
on a dark gray that blended
nicely with the marine ledge
upon which the house sits.
Gas, water, and electric lines all enter
the house beneath the footbridge from the
road to the entrance. The gap over which
the bridge passes makes the house appear
to float. On the water side, an Ipe wood
deck with stainless steel cable railings adds
to the maritime aesthetic.
A granite stairway leads down from
the deck to a stone terrace with steps right
into the water at high tide. Ken keeps his
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