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stone house at rocky point

  • gloucester, MA

set on a steep rocky cliff overlooking the atlantic, this older home serves as a weekend getaway for a professional couple from boston. a sweeping redo in the 70s stripped the home of its charm. the owners' intent was to restore a sense of dignity through the use of well-crafted details and quality materials, and to rework the interior as well as grounds to suit their lifestyle.

flat expanses of glazing were replaced with multi-paned windows, giving scale and character to the massive original stone structure and attached ell. the ell itself was completely re-clad, introducing a stone base and red cedar shingle facade that blends comfortably with the surrounding scrub pines and rocky landscape. a new patio with battered stone piers 'grows' out of the site, offering outdoor living space and views to a new stone and shingle cliff-top gazebo and the ocean beyond it.