Surrounded by coastal upland forest, this residencewas designed to co-exist with its surroundings. The house is situated on the southernmost end of the property with the majority of the property consisting of contiguous restored coastal woodland. A low-maintenance fescue lawn provides the canvas for outdoor games as well as functions as a sloped plane directing runoff to adjacent plantings for cleansing and infiltration. A quarry end slab of bluestone is re-purposed as a ‘sunning’ block, a place to sit, a stage for impromptu plays and other imaginative games. The restored woodland beyond is an extension of the surrounding native vegetation. These layers of native plants and sizes emulate the native community of plants allowing for natural succession andlong-term stability with minimal management.
The site design celebrates the management of site water through finely crafted infiltration boxes of bluestone and beach stones that capture the roof runoff, allowing it to infiltrate and recharge the aquifer. The gravel parking areas are designed to store one inch of rainwater and allow the water to naturally infiltrate into the sandy soil below. Through these measures and others the site and house restore a previously developed site to the natural beauty of the Outer Cape captured in American artist Edward Hopper’s paintings.
architect: Jill Neubauer Architects
contractors: Cape Associates and Ponderosa Landscaping
photographer: Meredith Hunnibell