Annisquam River House Cape Ann, MA
Annisquam River House Cape Ann, MA

Tidal Marsh Overlook

Our client asked Flavin Architects to envision a modern house on a steeply sloped site overlooking the Annisquam River in Cape Ann, MA. The home’s linear layout is oriented parallel to the contours of the hillside, minimizing site disturbance. The stacked massing and galvanized steel detailing of the home recall the industrial vernacular of the Gloucester waterfront, and the dark color helps the house settle into its wooded site. To integrate the house more fully with its natural surround, we took our client’s suggestion to plant a tree which extends up though the second-floor deck. An exterior steel stair adjacent to the tree leads from the parking area to a second-floor deck and the home’s front door.

The first-floor bedrooms enjoy the privacy provided by black painted wood screens that extend from the concrete pad to the second-floor deck. The screens also soften the view of the adjacent road, and visually connects the second-floor deck to the land. Because the view of the tidal river and wetlands is improved by a higher vantage point, the open plan kitchen, living, and dining areas look over the deck to a view of the river. The master suite is situated even higher, tucked into the rear on the third floor. There, the client enjoys private views of the steep woodland bank behind the house. A generous screen porch occupies the front of the house, facing the marsh, providing space for family gatherings and a sleeping porch to enjoy the breezes on hot summer nights.

photo of exterior of annisquam river house at dusk
dusk shot of glowing home overlooking the marsh
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photo of interior at annisquam river house
sketch of exterior annisquam river house
dusk photo of annisquam river house
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interior hall at annisquam river house
powder room with playful blue tile
bedroom at annisquam river house
side elevation of three story home glowing at dusk overlooking tidal marsh
front door off second floor deck with locust tree shadow
interior stairwell in annisquam river house
exterior patio at rear of house with window looking through to marsh
hand sketch of 3 story home on water
exterior deck at annisquam river house
exterior photo at dusk of annisquam river house

Credits

General Contractor

Brookes + Hill Custom Builders

Landscape Architect

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architects

Interior Designer

Atsu Gunther Design

Structural Engineer

Webb Structural Services

Mechanical Engineer

Sun Engineering

Surveyor + Civil Engineer + Wetlands Specialist

The Morin-Cameron Group

Technology Design

System7

Structural Steel

Kelley Welding

Millwork

Modern Heritage

Photographer

Nat Rea Photography

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