Truro, MA    2012

Designed for a blended family with six children, this modern, elegant beach house overlooks Cape Cod Bay from high on a Truro bluff.

Approaching the house from either the parking court or the bluestone walk at the street, one can see right through the house to the sunlit bay beyond. To the right of the entry is an intimate, serene landscape  with a reflective wading pool, inviting quiet relaxation away from the ocean.

A common theme in a JNA house is an entry that orients one to the site, to the views, and to the interior spaces. Upon entering, one could keep walking straight and take the exterior stairs down to the beach. From the same entry point, one can see across the breadth of the entire first floor, from the master suite on the left and to the great room and screened porch on the right.

The great room has floor-to-ceiling lift-and-slide doors, matching on both the west and east walls, allowing light and breezes to fill the room.

The master suite, at the other end of the house, has a private outdoor shower and lounge area with views to the ocean if one draws back the outdoor curtain.

The lower level holds the guest bedroom, family media room, and the boys’ and girls’ bedrooms, each room with two sets of bunk beds inside and a set of bunk beds outside on the screened sleeping porch that is connected to the bedroom by a garage door. The separate boys’ and girls’ outdoor showers are just down the deck, making it easy to get the kids showered off after a day at the beach. The boys and girls have sleepovers every night, celebrating summer on Cape Cod, connecting to nature, and taking in the sounds and views of the ocean.

Builder: Cape Associates
Landscape Architect: Stephen Stimson Associates
Interior Designer: Raymond Forehand Associates
Photographer: Durston Saylor & Alissa Hike Harris