May 1, 2020
Chatham Harbor Overlook
Classic Cape Cod cottage meets contemporary California beach house in this oceanfront home, which enjoys spectacular views across Chatham Harbor. It combines the shingled, low-lying, slightly rambling exterior aesthetic of coastal New England vernacular architecture with the light-filled, open-plan, easily flowing interiors of West Coast getaways.
Second-story dormers provide cottage-like character to the house when seen from the outside, while on the inside, they create double-height spaces for every room in the house—from the bedrooms to the breakfast room—all of them filled with natural light. Transom glass used throughout provides similar benefits.
Although extensive, this reimagining remained sensitive to the site’s tight footprint, challenging topography, and coastal conservation restrictions, and it did not change the home’s overall height. The house remains below the grade of the road, which preserves both its sense of privacy and the harbor views of the homes across the street.