When a couple decided to put down roots in their favorite vacation spot in Rhode Island, they enlisted the help of builder Randy Gardner of Gardner Woodwrights, Ltd. They tore down the home that previously resided on the land and built their dream home from scratch. There was no lack of inspiration, as the rest of the homes in the neighborhood all have the same coastal cottage style. This home combines the best elements of cottage and beach style to create a New England gem.
To preserve some of the original home, Randy decided to salvage novelty pine from the previous structure and use it to rebuild the new home. Pine is just one of the many types of wood he incorporated into the home’s design. The floors are hickory and the ceilings on the second floor are fir. Another notable fir design is the entirely wooden hallway that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to the bottom deck of a ship.
These kinds of features give the home character in a way that never feels overdone or predictable.
Randy acknowledges the importance of the rich types of wood in the home.
“It added the warmth and brings charm to where people can hang out and socialize.”
To keep the coastal cottage look but also create a home that would last through wear and weather over the years, Randy created a shiplap design with durable MDF sheet stock. He favored the sheet stock over wood for this project because it wouldn’t crack during cold winter months like the latter frequently does.
Framing the Design
In order to ensure the home maintained an air of elegance, there were certain architectural details that were crucial to its design. To create the illusion of higher ceilings, exposed wood beams were added to the master bedroom.
“Even though the ceilings weren’t that high in the house, the beams carried the loftiness and gave it a bit more elegance.”
“Also in the master bedroom is the striking stone fireplace that extends down to the matching one in the living room,” Randy says. The fireplace in the living room is two-sided and provides warmth to the home’s screened-in porch on rainy days.
A transom atop an archway separates the living room from the dining room and breaks apart the main rooms on the first floor. “We wanted to elevate it and make it a statement room,” Randy says. The living room’s bay window and French doors balance the elegance of the room with the playfulness of nautical art.
The home never strays too far from the land’s roots, and the rope railing along the stairs and the playful wallpaper in the bathroom maintain the best part of New England cottage style.
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