Bluewater Hill in Connecticut

“When our clients came to us wanting a shingled house, we reversed the most common expectation of the style — namely, that it have brown shingles — and evoked the name of the area by employing shingles hand-dipped in sky blue stain, set off by white shutters and a gray roof. Thoughtful planning and imagination allowed us to follow the area’s restrictive planning and zoning conditions, while still creating a modern family house that would have been entirely at home in an earlier century.”

Gary Brewer, Project Partner

Occupying a privileged spot atop Bluewater Hill, this new Shingle-style house sits three hundred feet above Compo Beach and boasts extraordinary views of Long Island Sound and Sherwood Island. The area was once the location of a grand estate and later home to several small 1960s ranch-style houses. Our design fittingly suggests the simplicity of nineteenth-century beach cottages found on Nantucket or Mackinac Island. Marking the entrance are a white picket fence, three discreetly scaled shed dormers, and a cheerful painted porch. Large windows and doors bring the views inside, and fireplaces anchor the living room and family room, which are organized around a large central stair hall. Classical detailing, hand-scraped oak floors, beadboard paneling, and cork ceilings bring the simple charm indoors.

The L-shaped house embraces an existing swimming pool, while a gently sloping family lawn and garden were created to the south.

Project Partner: Gary L. Brewer

Interior Design: Arthur Dunnam, Jed Johnson Associates; Jennifer Gresinger Interior Design

Landscape Design: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Photography: Peter Aaron / OTTO