Great Room Addition, Newport, R.I.

The design brief called for a new entrance on the informal or back side of a decidedly formal stone-veneered house, along with a great room to be used for entertaining, a breakfast space to support morning coffee with the obligatory newspaper, and a well-appointed foyer intended to be more proper than a pantry mudroom despite its location proximate to the back door. Constraints on the exterior included matching the existing stone veneer and slate roof that define the main house, and respecting as-built elevations. Inside, a groin-vaulted ceiling is an appropriate solution for the foyer hall, while the great room incorporates walls and a cathedral ceiling richly paneled in pecky cypress.
Photography, Richard Mandelkorn