Not only does a stone wall touch the structures as it marks the edges of the built environment, but also a reveal of stone runs along the base of the buildings.
“We did a stone shelf on the foundation so it looks like complete stone foundation all the way down,” architect Peter Twombly explains. “In reality, the foundation is concrete with a recess that accepts the stone veneer work.”
Like the old European towns whose clustered buildings helped to shape public spaces, these companionable structures allow the landscape to slip in among the buildings, creating intimate outdoor areas for entry, entertaining, and working.
Because the buildings' walls sit on top of the stone, it had to be load-bearing and finished before the framing could begin. The builder inserted pressure-treated plywood sills, laminated to control shrinkage, and installed anchor bolts for the walls, floors, and shear panels through the stonework. “The end result was worth the wait,” Twombly says.
The owners, avid sailors who are at home in the elements, gave Twombly exact coordinates for the living room's orientation. So it's fitting that the house's materials and detailing are as crisp and straightforward as a marine vessel. Metal roofs, cedar shingle siding, deep overhangs, and exposed framing invite the bucolic backdrop to take center stage.