Duke | Residential Architecture | Caleb Johnson Studio


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Using the small footprint and beachy location as a guide, this 1,500-square-foot cottage transformed into a contemporary celebration of classic New England on the coast.

A celebration of the coast.

Finding the balance between comfort and efficiency was a central challenge for the space. A focus on communal spaces and influence from the nearby ocean drove all design decisions.

Bringing the outside in.

On the ground floor, the dining, living, and kitchen are combined into one open, airy layout. Pickled white hemlock beams slice intersect the layout, giving just enough spatial separation while also functionally supporting the second floor. Windows are arranged to maximize daylight and offer glimpses of the water, while inspiration from the outside was brought in at every opportunity. A Carrara marble waterfall island and a ceramic tile backsplash, recalls a watercolor seascape and helps draw visitors into the gathering spaces. The experience of life by the sea envelops you from every corner of the home.

Principal architect:

Caleb Johnson

General Contractor:


Project Manager:

Andy Herbine

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