When we designed this unique home in Falmouth, we began with a New England classic—the shingled cottage. Our clients—long-time collaborators of ours, Jonathan and Catherine Culley of Redfern Properties—wanted to turn the expected into the unexpected, adding a modern edge to a beloved traditional style.
We did this by adding unlikely features to the home like black trim to the exterior. We continued this theme with a distinctive entryway including a tumbled black and white marble floor, a curved, floating staircase, and stainless steel balusters. A large Noguchi pendant provides the finishing touch to the striking space.
Torrefied birch flooring adds to the distinctive character of the home offering a rich caramel stain while remaining substantial enough to sit above the radiant heat under the floor. Traditional kitchen cabinetry painted a dark blue-gray provides a beautiful contrast to the flooring, while glass matchstick tiles and a light gray concrete countertop denote a more contemporary style. In the back of the home, the living room features traditional coffered ceilings and three sets of eight-foot French doors with custom oversimplified trim, allowing the house to be drenched in light during all parts of the day.
There are countless eco-friendly features through this design from low-emissivity windows and water-sensible plumbing fixtures to low-VOC paint. By positioning the long side of the house due south, the numerous windows on the face maximize the amount of light that fills the space. Radiant heat was used for prime efficiency, and the design of the exterior shell plays a big role in the home’s high performance.
In the end, we gave new, unique life to a New England classic, and did so in a way that will live sustainably for generations to come.