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Home Builders Honor House of Shifting Sands

Our House of Shifting Sands has recently won an award from The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. (HBRACC).  The House of Shifting Sands was recognized for “Excellence in New Construction – Single Family Home” by HBRACC at…

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Gap Cove House Nearing Completion

Much has happened since we last wrote about a new house we designed on Gap Cove in Rockport, MA back in June. We’re happy to report that after a historically difficult 2015 winter the general contractor, Skinner and Watkins, recovered…

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The Evolution of a Design

  When William Ruhl and his wife bought their little “fixer-upper” in Rockport, MA, they promised the sellers – who happened to also be the next door neighbors – that they would have the opportunity to review the design of…

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Building a Modern House on the Coast in the Age of Rising Tides

Building a custom house on the coast has become more treacherous in the era of rising sea levels. Firm principal, Will Ruhl, has been researching this subject intensely in conjunction with the design of his own house in Rockport, MA.…

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An Architect’s House in Rockport – Part II

After studying dozens (hundreds?!) of plans and 3D model ideas, Will settled on what he thought of as a relatively “quiet” / simple design, a collage of volumes and planes wrapped around the original house. The ground floor would be…

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An Architect’s House in Rockport – Part I  

Will Ruhl and his family bought a small, humble house in a beautiful neighborhood of Rockport, MA, in 2012 from the next door neighbors, with dreams of creating a year-round house worthy of its priceless location on Gap Cove. The…

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New House in Rockport

We are really excited about a new house we are designing in Rockport, MA. Actually, this is one of two new houses we are designing simultaneously within less than a mile of each other in Rockport, but more on that…

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Before and After for a Mid-Century Modern House

When we first visited this Mid-Century Modern house outside of Boston, we took careful note of what remained of the house’s original modern character, which was camouflaged behind kitschy window boxes, an unsightly eighties garage addition complete with stenciled bird…

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Architectural Solutions to Coastal Challenges

As construction winds down on our house in Wellfleet, Sandra Baron discusses some specific coastal challenges that were overcome through careful design decisions.     The hot topic following a recent uptick in super-storms is how and even whether houses…

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Small Project, BIG Impact

When we were approached by the talented landscape architecture team at Reed Hilderbrand to assist them with a small architectural intervention in a much larger landscape design we were instantly intrigued.  Their plans for the residential property already included several…

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Curves are Taking Shape in Wellfleet

Following up on our most recent post, Sandra Baron describes the process of building curved roofs and walls with today’s technology.     We always enjoy pushing the envelope, but when our clients came to us requesting a design that…

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The House of Shifting Sands

When we last posted photos of our Griffin Island house in Wellfleet, MA, the board-formed concrete foundation under the main house was rising out of the sand and the art studio was taking form to the south. Time flies, but…

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