With its simple shape and clever economy, this 1,440-square-foot waterfront house updates the classic fishing shack. Its poetic logic is a response to coastal zoning requirements, which placed it close to the street and lifted it 6 feet above the ground. In beachfront tradition, architect James Estes located the two bedrooms on the first floor. The upstairs living areas occupy a main hall with an exposed roof structure and windows on three sides. The entryway and service areas create visual and acoustical privacy on the street side and are shielded by the roof, which drops lower on that side of the house from its centerline.

Unlike the original flimsy fishing shack on the property, which blew across the road several times during hurricanes, this one sports smart, practical materials such as a metal roof, cellular PVC trim, and prefabricated galvanized structural ties, brackets, and rail supports. The result is a beautifully detailed cottage and a fitting homage to the once-humble neighborhood.

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Category: Custom one-of-a-kind, less than 3,500 square feet;

Entrant/Architect: Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I.;

Builder: Joseph Scotti, Jamestown, R.I.

Merit Award - Osprey House

Merit Award - Osprey House

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

    Photo: Warren Jagger

    With its simple shape and clever economy, this 1,440-square-foot waterfront house updates the classic fishing shack. Its poetic logic is a response to coastal zoning requirements, which placed it close to the street and lifted it 6 feet above the ground.

  • Merit Award - Osprey House

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

    Photo: Warren Jagger

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

    Photo: Warren Jagger

    Unlike the original flimsy fishing shack on the property, which blew across the road several times during hurricanes, this one sports smart, practical materials such as a metal roof, cellular PVC trim, and prefabricated galvanized structural ties, brackets, and rail supports.

  • Merit Award - Osprey House

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

    The entryway and service areas create visual and acoustical privacy on the street side and are shielded by the roof, which drops lower on that side of the house from its centerline.

  • Merit Award - Osprey House

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    Merit Award - Osprey House

    In beachfront tradition, architect James Estes located the two bedrooms on the first floor. The upstairs living areas occupy a main hall with an exposed roof structure and windows on three sides.