This vacation home, composed of four structures situated on a wooded strip of Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, celebrate their stunning natural surroundings. The exterior walls are clad in an sealed, unpainted western red cedar to mirror the colors of the site’s tawny meadows. As the wood ages naturally, it appears as though it emerged organically from the earth.
To create their rural Connecticut getaway, Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi layered their modern design sensibility atop an early 20th-century stone foundation.
For their modern home in rural New Hampshire, Scott McCullough and Jessica Cook, both architectural designers, sought to update the New England vernacular. “Structure, rather than decorative elements, provides visual appeal,” Cook says. “The slats create interesting shadows and texture.”
On a sloping site near a defunct rock quarry on the remote lobster-fishing island of Vinalhaven, Maine, a three-part summer home overlooks a framed view of Penobscot Bay. Working around the site’s unique topography, design-build firm GO Logic created each structure at varying elevations.
A prefab pool and guesthouse designed by LABhaus frames views of a Massachusetts property’s original structure, a Dillman model Sears, Roebuck kit house from 1928.
Native New Yorkers, the Merola family have long held a tradition of spending summers in Rhode Island. When they learned the costs of renovating their existing cottage would significantly outweigh the benefits, they instead opted to build new. The result—a distinctively modernist box structure clad in milled slats of charred, brushed, and oiled cypress—sits nestled within the marshy landscape of Quonochontaug Pond.