Chatham Overlook

Chatham, MA

Though its petite portico entry and one-car garage make this new gambrel-roofed cape appear modest, it hardly feels small. Taking advantage of the existing sloped topography allowed it to open up and expand on its water-facing rear, where large expanses of glass, covered porches, and decks overlook a swimming pool and the ocean.

Un-paned picture windows feature transoms to maintain classic New England character without sacrificing panoramic views, with further charm coming from four substantial fieldstone chimneys. The garage doubles as a woodworking shop whose carriage-house doors open to the rear so the homeowner can enjoy water views while restoring his antique boat.