To mix together
Some of life’s biggest decisions are made by instinct and so were these owners, who claimed their new nest in Narragansett in a day. The couple, who had lived in Chicago for many years, were on a weeklong vacation in Newport when they decided, on a whim, to stop by their grandmother’s former home. Across the street was a dilapidated two-story 1970s house slated for replacement, with a For Sale sign. “It may take us an hour to decide on dinner,” the Rhode Island native laughs, “but a quick drive has become a lifestyle change. “
The couple love the clean, contemporary style of Southern California, where they’ve spent a lot of time, but “we didn’t want to build this crazy, modern thing,” they say. They instantly clicked with Jamestown architect Ron DiMauro, a surfer friend of the family. “He was ready for a brain stretch, and we were ready to run. If mid-century modern and traditional New England style had a baby, this home would be the result.
No fuss, no fuss
Since childhood, the woman has kept a collection of polished beach stones in shades of gray and blue. They reminded him of summer visits to Narragansett. “This is the feeling I want,” she told professionals at DiMauro Architects and Kirby Goff, the designer, “simplicity and calm”.
The color palette and textures are a nod to these childhood treasures. And because the couple wanted it to be their forever home, it’s designed to age in place. The independent ground floor includes a kitchen, a dining room and a large room, a studio, an office and an en-suite bedroom.
The kitchen is minimalist and sculptural, but also easy to maintain. Example: the huge low-maintenance floor tiles from Porcelanosa. “I brought beach sand to the tile store to make sure it mixed with it,” the woman said. “I don’t vacuum every day! “
A lower level for guests has three en-suite bedrooms, a family room, a gym and a utility room. The top floor is a large chill out area with a roof terrace and panoramic water views of the bay. And right inside the front door? A small niche contains a jar with beach glass that the woman and her brothers had filled when they were children. “He used to live on a shelf at my grandmother’s and now he’s back in his neighborhood,” the woman says. “I’m pretty sure she would also be happy to
that as we are.