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Design Diary: Contemporary Beach House on Plum Island

This contemporary beach house on Plum Island in Newburyport, Mass., designed by Boston-based CBT Architects, belongs to woodworker Mark Richey and his wife Teresa Richey. I wrote about it for Boston Globe Magazine in “Taking it to the Beach” back in July 2013. With the gorgeous weather we’ve had this week in Boston, I thought it was a good chance to finally post it, with photography by Trent Bell.

The Richeys purchased the cottage shortly after having relocated their business, Mark Richey Woodworking, enjoying it for short spurts while commuting from their home in Essex. A few years later, when they were ready to downsize, the couple hired Richard Bertman of CBT Architects to transform the cottage from a casual short term retreat to a full time residence.


Following extensive research to address coastal conservation concerns, they built a new structure on driven steel pilings atop the existing basement, which allows water and sand to move freely under and around the structure. The result is a 1,962-square foot, three-story contemporary beach house with Alaskan yellow cedar shingle siding.


The third floor lookout tower offers a 360-degree view of the water and island. The entire room is clad in fir to resemble a ship captain’s quarters, and is Mark’s own handiwork.


The second floor master bedroom and bath both face the ocean—this was a must-have for them.


The main level has an open floor plan. They didn’t want it to feel like a big sterile glass and plaster box, so Bertman used a warm palette of earthy materials that echo the colors of sand and beach grass. The fireplace surround is done in a textural green stone from Iran, which is also used in the kitchen. The walls and cabinetry are a mix of quarter white oak and zebrawood veneer. The floors are porcelain tile with a wood-like texture.


The extensive deck, which follows the natural contour of the landscape, was built around an existing dune, and is constructed of a dense tropical hardwood similar to ipe,which will weather to grey. Check out the recessed cedar hot tub on the right. The couple often enjoy soaks on cold winter mornings. (Must get one of those.)


Mark designed and fabricated the beautiful curved bench from South American mahogany. 


Photography by Trent Bell

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Montage: 17 (Mostly) Modern Homes With Sash Windows

While I certainly appreciate stately Colonials, restored Victorians, and charming Cape cottages (especially driving through New England), as well as quirky bungalows and limestone maisonettes, most of the architecture I’m drawn to is modern and contemporary architecture.

So when I got an email from a window hardware company asking to talk about sash windows and sash window hardware (they have some useful calculators), I realized that almost all the images on my Architecture I and Architecture II Pinterest boards are strongly contemporary and thus there is a real absence of homes with sash windows. Instead, there are vast, uninterrupted expanses of glass, or glazing as they say in the business.

Upon further probing, thinking there surely must be modern homes with sash windows in there somewhere, I discovered that the ones with sash windows were primarily examples of modern barn architecture. I already posted 20 Modern Barn Homes last month. So after plucking the few modern homes with sash windows I could find, I set out deeper into Pinterest and came up with these finds.

I definitely found a variety of architectural examples of houses with sash windows that I liked. Many of them however, in addition to being modern barn homes, are traditional houses that have been graced with a contemporary addition, or renovated with a contemporary bent. (That may well be a whole separate future post.) In the meantime. here are 18 mostly modern homes with sash windows.


DOS Architects


Belathée Photography


De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop  •  Photos by Noah Webb  •  Dwell


GO Logic


Martyn Clarke Architecture

Modern House With Charcoal Exterior And Wooden Sash Windows

Meyer + Vorster  •  Photo by Warren Heath  •  House & Leisure


Photo by Beth Bryan for Unskinny Boppy


Hudson Valley rental home via Cup of Jo


Paul+O Architects


Leon Smith Architects  •  Robert Malone Photography






Chinese billionaire Zhang Xin’s Upper East Side townhouse


Cousins & Cousins Architects  •  Photo by Jack Hobhouse


Thiel Design  •  Photo by Melani Lust


Traditional home in Castine, Maine via Tone on Tone Antiques



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