Design Diary: Twin Peaks by Estes Twombly Architects

Back when we were building our house on the Cape, (long before Pinterest and before I started this blog), I saw a photo of a house designed by Estes Twombly Architects and fell in love. It was too late in the process to think about hiring them (and probably beyond our budget), but we took inspiration from that home by incorporating subtle tower forms for the front and back stairwells.

Now that I write about design pretty much all the time, I’ve had the chance to send them queries when I’m looking for particular types of houses for the Boston Globe Magazine home issues. I’ve yet to work with Estes Twombly, but they recently submitted this house for consideration. It almost worked out, but not quite.

The house is a new construction in a neighborhood of modest cottages in Warwick, RI. At first glance, the house reads as two separate cottages, but a closer look reveals one house under two roofs with a postcard view at its center. By creating two structures joined by a glass entry, Peter Twombly was able to maintain the scale of original summer cottages and preserve the view of the bay which is framed by the new buildings. The south “house” is for living and the north “house” is for sleeping. Between the buildings is a sheltered courtyard. And as you’ll see, there’s even a boat garage.

Happy weekend.











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Marni Elyse Katz is a design writer and editor who lives in Boston and Cape Cod with her husband, two sons, and a cat. She blogs about design at

2 thoughts on “Design Diary: Twin Peaks by Estes Twombly Architects”

  1. This is a home that looks truly timeless. The palette is soft yet will never go out of style. The materials used can be accented as needed as time goes on. I love the use of river rock. It’s not too much, too dark, too light – fabulous design.

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