Kettle Cove Farmhouse Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Kettle Cove Farmhouse Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Coastal Modern Farmhouse

Flavin Architects designed a structure that inherits its silhouette from the New England farmhouse and orients itself to the adjacent wetlands. The elegance of its shape is an effect of an austere geometry. The cedar shingle cladding underneath the lines of the metal roof reinforce this sense of confident understatement. A screened porch looks over a gentle down slope and a stretch of verdant wetlands into Kettle Cove.

The interior extends the sense of local inheritance with a cadence of heavy timber beams that cross a tongue-and-groove ceiling to meet exposed steel beams. This set up echoes the simple framing of local colonial homes. A wood-burning fireplace also evokes this history, and with its mantle of reclaimed railroad ties, and the raw edged monolithic hearth, creates a sense of organic relation to the surrounding landscape.

The interior symmetry of our Kettle Cove Farmhouse is illuminated by a generous sweep of windows that face east toward the rising sun. Flavin Architects has created a sense of flow from the interior to the exterior of the house.

covered front entry of modern farmhouse with cedar shingles
exterior of modern farmhouse with cedar shingles
interior of dining room with exposed timber beams
interior of kitchen nook with exposed timber beams
The similarity between Lane's vista painted in 1847 and the glorious view of a cove captured from the house is uncanny.
For both the artist of yore and the architects of this modern farmhouse-style design, Colin Flavin and Howard Raley, embracing nature is an unequivocal part of the equation. "The house is really subservient to the landscape, it doesn't dominate your view," observes Flavin, the firm's founding principal.
"Natural Instinct," Northshore Home Magazine, 2020
interior of kitchen dining room with exposed timber beams
large natural stone fireplace and reclaimed railroad tie mantle
interior of screen porch with seating
home exterior wood trellis over patio
exterior of modern farmhouse with cedar shingles
cad drawing floor plan

Credits

General Contractor

Brookes + Hill Custom Builders

Landscape Architect

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture

Landscape Contractor

R.P. Marzilli Landscape

Surveyor + Civil Engineer

Hancock Associates

Structural Engineer

Webb Structural Services

Technology Design

System7

Stoneyard

Olde New England Granite

Photographer

Nat Rea Photography

Publications

"Natural Instinct," Northshore Home Magazine, 2020

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