This is a 2600 sq. ft. house with a two-car garage located on the water in coastal Connecticut. The house has an "overt front", stealthily lowered to defer to its cheek by jowl neighbors, while the water side view launches up and proudly expands, billowing its form and openings to the expansive view. The house lightly "tilts" to catch to the "sweet spot" view - and to quietly eschew a glimpse of the nuclear power plant which lies a mile or two away. The program, four bedrooms and three and one-half baths, is that of a full time use second home. In other words, the entire family of adults, adolescent and grown children can congregate and co-exist without overt tightness. A flat 1/3 acre site is defined and developed via terraces, porches and a broad deck.
Wetland regulations preempted the capacity for a full basement, and zoning codes imposed view way easement accommodations and a very tight three-dimensional building envelope, but otherwise the house is fairly unlimited in its use. A "silo"/lighthouse used as a mechanical room, flue, and chase replaces a costly stone chimney which was part of the original design. On the inside, custom millwork and natural hardwoods create a zesty, though homey ambience.