South Shore Summer House

South Shore Summer House

Project Credits
Marianne Hyde, Stas Zakrzewski
Project Team
Adam Beaulieu, Deniz Secilmis
General Contractor
John O'Keefe
ZH Architects

ZH designed a ground-up two-story addition to an existing property on the South Shore of Massachusetts to reflect the changing needs of this extended family. Emphasizing sweeping waterfront views and spaciousness while creating a minimal impact on the highly sensitive coastal environment were the main challenges in this project.

The net increase in the building’s footprint is a minimal 775 square feet, including a new rear exterior deck and two enclosed porches. Open floor plans and bands of windows throughout allow the scenery to be the pervasive element throughout the house. Multiple decks and covered porches allow the Owners to have a sustained relationship with the outdoors through the day and seasons.

Clad in cedar wood shakes and white trim, the addition seeks to match the existing New England vernacular as requested by the local historic commission.


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