Single-family construction in second home markets expanded at a 13.6% average rate over the last four quarters, compared to a 10.5% pace for other counties, according to Eye On Housing, who also acknowledges that the pandemic had something to do with this demand suburban shift that has also benefitted second home communities. The couple’s home that is featured in this post desired to build a ‘multigenerational home that they could leave to their children, ultimately a place that would live beyond them, a home built with the feel and accommodations of a primary residence.
Designed as a home away from the suburban bustle, the shingle style home that sits on the Rhode Island south coast with 270 degrees of views, looks right at home along the seaside. Meticulously designed with custom detailing, credit belongs to Architect Alec Tesa, who in her own words offers insight to her approach to designing homes; “We try not to have too much dry wall in our houses. We like details, and we have a lot of fun with them.”
Richly detailed from ceiling to floor, it will take days to absorb it all. This second home is unique in that the interiors are designed for everyday living, unlike many vacation homes. Nature is brought in by incorporating a color palette that embrace the ocean views but is not beachy in appearance but elegantly casual. It’s a soothing, nature-inspired palette, rather than traditional blue and white, according to designer Patti Watson.
The home is flooded with daylight and ocean views, even the second-floor office with its handsome wood stained wall of built-in bookcases and fireplace.
The broad back porch is one of my favorite spaces which is great for dining or just sitting enjoying the view. I love that the homeowners intentionally maintained an uninterrupted sightline to the water, to the point of building the swimming pool on the side of the house rather than the back.
Multi-generational is a good word for this newly constructed vacation home, it was built for making new memories for generations to come.
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Architect: A. Tesa Architecture | Interior Design: Taste | Builder: Horan Building Company | Landscape: Brian Muoio, Briden Nursery | Photography: Nat Rea