Osterville Family Homestead

Osterville, MA

The story of an original cape that was added onto through the years is retold in this waterfront renovation. The narrative now begins with a true sense of arrivallush tiered gardens, low stone walls, and a new motor court were intentionally layered to welcome visitors into a new formal entranceway.

At first glance, the low-slung primary house appears to be a small cottage, but inside, surprising square footage is found. Due to the reserved stature of the main house, the most critical piece of this project was scale. As an ensemble of structures were created on campus, including a new barn and new guest house, their relationship to the main house was intentionally kept secondary.

This timeless family compound is now complete with substantial indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces, a pool overlooking the water, pitch and putt, vegetable gardens, and more. In breaking the programming into multiple spaces and structures, we have achieved a logical hierarchy of buildings and spaces to enjoy, not overwhelm.