On the east branch of the Westport River, the clients requested a guesthouse to accommodate an increasing number of family and guests for spring/summer/fall weekends. The objective was to provide a living/dining/cooking space, four bedrooms and two and a half baths, all in 1300 sf.

The guesthouse is positioned on the site to steal views of the river's shoreline through a tree grove. The crescent of the river's edge was the inspiration behind the form of the gathering space. The exuberant sweep of the living space contrasts with the simple form of the bunkhouse, which stacks pairs of bedrooms and central bath on two floors.

This efficient composition is the datum for the more expressive living area, where exposed fir rafters radiate from the post and beam frame at the stairwell. In contrast to the rounded roof and ceiling forms, interior detailing is minimal, squared and crisp.

New Guest House

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

Builder:
Highland Builders, Tiverton, RI

Landscape Architect:
Martha Moore LA, Tiverton, RI

Photographer:
Warren Jagger Photography, Providence, R