This beautiful, shingle-style home was built in the 1990s as a basic “spec house” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, without much character or distinguishing style.
But after a thorough and thoughtful renovation, it was given the “sea-cottage aesthetic” of a classic shingle-style home. You’d never guess its humble origins, would you?
Designer John De Bastiana kept things classic with blue and white.
According to the design and construction firm Carpenter MacNeille:
The existing house was spec-built in the early 1990’s to a basic level of finish. C&M architects and builders worked with the homeowners to reveal the potential beyond, starting with detailed custom interior build outs, including a paneled library, custom kitchen and butler’s pantry, two unique fireplace surrounds, a pair of classically detailed dining room china cabinets and a fully paneled entry hall with hidden closet.
The homeowners “wanted the house to reflect a 19th-century seaside cottage aesthetic with interesting decorative details seemingly round every corner.”
According to an article in New England Home:
To keep the rooms modern, the designer introduced ethnic touches like living room curtains with a Moroccan pattern by Brunschwig & Fils and pillows with antique textiles. “It’s all wonderfully traditional but with a fresh global spin and a nod to practicality, a style the designer calls ‘useful traditional.'”
The architect was Michael T. Gray and the builder was Don Tison.
Photography by Sam Gray. For photos and information, visit Carpenter & MacNeille,
designer John De Bastiani, and the article at New England Home.