When the new owners of a house that I had originally designed asked me to do a renovation and expansion of their new house, I knew this would be a difficult design problem. They wanted to expand and focus activity around the pool, understandably, since they would be occupying the house during the warm weather months. The existing house was characterized by a long sweeping roof, complex geometric volumes and a corner chimney inconveniently located for the new renovation. Ultimately, the addition of a dormered balcony at the second floor, allowed me to expand the first floor towards the water and the pool. The end result was a large, well appointed, two island kitchen which seamlessly flows into a glass walled family room. Both spaces flow out to a covered porch which is sandwiched between the pool, main house and the new poolhouse. The poorly located chimney was supported from below, while a new orthogonal fireplace was built.

I designed the rift & quarter sawn white oak cabinets as a modern interpretation of the shaker cabinet with narrow rails and stiles and a ¼” reveal around flush panels. We continued modernizing the interiors, by replacing the stain glass transoms with clear, replacing all the cherry floors with white oak and painting the fir ceilings.

As challenging as the house renovation was, the new poolhouse was a pleasure. We built a new  structure on an existing frost wall, left over from a greenhouse. The poolhouse has an open living room, kitchenette and bathroom, all clad in painted tongue and groove. The roof structure is held together with a steel tie rod and an alternating tread stair accesses a sleeping loft above. The utilities are cleverly hidden in cabinet type closets, both interior and exterior. Large sliding glass doors open to a small patio exclusive of the pool area.


Gale Goff Architect, Little Compton, RI

Original Architect:
Gale Goff, Estes/Twombly, Newport, RI

Renovation Builder:
Newport Housewrights, Middletown, RI

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry:
Yoffa Woodworking, Newport, RI

Poolhouse Builder:
K & R Construction, Middletown, RI

Original Builder:
Highland Builders, Tiverton, RI

Landscape Architect:
Hali Beckman, Ltd., East Greenwich, RI

Interior Decorator:
Andrew Paraskos, Boston, MA

Anthony Crisafulli, Boston, MA