Shingle Style Cottage, Ipswich, MA

This 2400 square foot cottage was designed for a single woman who wished to simplify her life with one-floor living, yet retain the flexibility to enjoy overnight visits from friends and grandchildren. The house is planned around a central living room/dining room with a lofty open ceiling to convey the feeling of a Maine summer cottage. Surrounding this space are the main bedroom wing, an eat- in kitchen, and above, a library/loft leading to a children’s room within the dormers. A small entry courtyard shaped by the garage and a covered connector gives a sense of security upon arrival. A flagstone terrace wraps around the east and south sides of the house, with views to the pond and the salt marsh beyond. Natural materials complement the informal plan: recycled fir columns, cedar shingles, granite and bluestone paving, and millwork sawn from an ancient elm tree that had recently died on the property.

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Structural Engineer: John Born Associates, Cambridge, MA

Mechanical Engineer: Robert O. Smith, Newton, MA

Landscape Architect: David Davis, Landscape Designer, Cambridge, MA

Builder: Robert L. Weatherall and Co., Ipswich, MA

Photography: Roe Osborn, The Taunton Press, and Russell Campaigne

Design Team: D. O’Neil, S. Pennoyer, Russell Campaigne