The Block Island House is the ideal rendition of a New England summer house, with an update. Newport-based architects Jim Estes and Peter Twombly mixed two architectural features common to the island: the basic "Block Island Dormer" (where the building facade extends into the roof with a gable) and a classic shed porch.
Estes/Twombly, whose approach to design hails from quiet modernism and geometrical precision, captured the island's light and southerly views with double-hung windows and large sliding doors. This project (Block Island House) is a recent winner of the 2012 myMarvin Architect's Challenge, along with nine other entries selected to highlight inspired designs each featuring Marving Windows and Doors. Estes/Twombly utilized Marvin's wood casement picture windows, sliding patio doors, double hung, and awning windows throughout the project.
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Above: In the expansion of the basic house and shed porch, the central front porch became the connective force between the two "blocks."
Above: Marvin Windows and Doors were selected for their ability to stand up to the rugged climate on the island and provide sweeping views.
Above: An entryway and staircase accented with medium-toned wood.
Above: Light floods the kitchen through a white-finished wood casement picture windows.
Above: A view of the connecting porch.