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River Point was built amongst an old series of farm sheds.

The new house is connected to the old farm sheds, which help buffer the house from the driveway.

A connecting arcade leads to the front door of the main house.

Sightlines through the connector lead from one courtyard to the other.

The shingled façade says “seaside” and the gambrel roof says “farm”, making the house compatible with its coastal and formerly agricultural site.

The old sheds, used now as a gate lodge and a garage, sit behind the house and are visible from the front.

The space between the house and the sheds becomes a courtyard.

On the south side of the living room, a window seat is the perfect place to curl up and read.

Decorative posts frame the dining room, which flows into the kitchen, making for an open plan that’s clearly defined.

Soaring ceiling, exposed trusses, and stone fireplace give the master bedroom a sense of presence and solidity.

A glass tile backsplash and integral sinks made of concrete add a contemporary touch that makes sense in this shingle-style house.

Architect Jacob Albert paid close attention to the “vernacular of old sheds” when he built the house.

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