ARCHITECTS BILL DEVEREAUX and Sandra Fennell looked to traditional New England architecture when it came to designing the Chilton at Thorndike, a 2,600-square-foot single-family home in the Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. The combination of weathered shingles and painted siding (in this case, Hardiplank) is a classic design detail in this part of the country,
as are the covered porch out back (complete with bead-board ceiling), different window sizes, the use of beefed-up, crisp-white trim, and a light-filled breezeway that connects the garage to the house. But it's the pavilion-like garage—often a tricky element on any front elevation—that really harks back to classic Yankee design. It's reminiscent of 19th-century carriage houses and sail barns, two structures that were often attached to the house. “In old New England this was done for utilitarian purposes because of the harsh climate,” says Devereaux. “Here, it's one of the neatest places in the whole house.”
Category: Production/Semi-custom, 2,000 to 3,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: Devereaux & Associates, McLean, Va.; Architect of record: Gleysteen Design, Cambridge, Mass.; Builder:
Thorndike Properties of Massachusetts, Norton, Mass.; Developer/Land planner: Thorndike Development Corp., Norton; Landscape architect: Ryan Associates, Cambridge;
Interior designer: Design East Interiors, Exeter, N.H.