For the romantic in all of us, this stone cottage seems to rise right out of the rocks it was built on. Perched on the shore of a one-acre island, the cottage bravely faces the open Atlantic Ocean. Once a hunting retreat with no electricity, the original cottage held a couple of small rooms, rustic plumbing, and remnants from ocean debris washed in through windows during winter ocean storms.
Challenges of permitting regulations, exposure, and not wishing to lose the essence of the island set the stage for a wonderful collaboration with the new owners who wished to bring 21st-century upgrades for convenience and comfort—A modest addition allowed for more elbow room while retaining the elements of the original structure.
With the cottage located so close to the water’s edge, careful attention was given to be sure the building could withstand the ocean’s fury yet invite gentle summer breezes and the ‘music’ of an ocean setting.
With a desire for guest quarters separate from the original stone cottage, the ‘bunk house’ footprint was determined by the only available area allowed by setback regulations. Finished in an earthy palette with a punch of sky blue, the architectural detailing of the bunkhouse mimics that of the main cottage but with a contemporary flare. At the end of the season, customized bullet-proof storm panels protect the island cottages from the ocean’s winter fury.