2023 RDAA | Custom Period or Vernacular House | Quahaug Point | Estes-Twombly + Titrington Architects

Estes Twombly + Titrington Architects excels at designing houses that are deeply rooted in Rhode Island’s history of farm sheds and shingled fishing shacks. This multigenerational retreat effortlessly distills those qualities with its offset, simple volumes and low-upkeep materials, such as weathered wood cladding, metal roofs and windows, and stone. The house seems to grow from the land: bluestone pavers on the entry porch lead straight through the building to the rear screened porch and outdoor terraces—a reference to the boulders that dot the back lawn, which rambles down to Quonochontaug Pond and the open ocean beyond. Facing south, the fully glazed living pavilion brings in those views, and its roofline maximizes sun exposure for 7-kilowatt solar panels that power the geothermal heating and cooling system and a car charger. 

“When you look at the scale of the water there, you want to walk along the whole thing, so we tried to stretch the house out as much as possible east-west,” says Adam Titrington, AIA. A flat planted roof connects the long, one-story living volume to a perpendicular two-story bedroom wing. The judges praised this design for its marriage of the modern and vernacular, including a vegetable garden, native plantings, and a permeable driveway and parking court.

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Custom Period or Vernacular House

Estes Twombly + Titrington Architects

Quahaug Point

Westerly, Rhode Island

Project Credits

Architect: Peter Twombly, AIA, principal in charge; Adam Titrington, AIA, project architect, Estes Twombly + Titrington Architects, Newport, Rhode Island

Builder: Evergreen Building Systems, Stonington, Connecticut

Landscape architect: Robyn Reed, studio cosmo, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Landscape contractor: Landscape Creations of Rhode Island, S. Kingston, Rhode Island

Project size: 3,000 square feet

Site size: 2 acres

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Warren Jagger

Key Products

Cabinetry: Custom rift ash

Cabinetry hardware: Sugatsune

Cladding: Alaskan yellow cedar shingles, garapa rainscreen

Countertops: Caesarstone, Corian

Dishwasher: Bosch

Door hardware: FSB levers, Accurate flush pulls and Häfele roller and track (pocket doors)

Entry doors: Fleetwood

Interior doors: Select Door, rift ash veneer

Kitchen faucets: Hansgrohe; Dornbracht

Kitchen ventilation: Broan

Landscape pavers: Thermal bluestone reclaimed granite curbing

Landscape products: Soapstone countertop, garapa cabinetry and fencing, bluestone edging, Mexican river stone 

Lighting: Hunza, Sonneman (exterior), Lucifer, Poulsen, Moooi (interior)

Lighting control systems: Lutron

Microwave drawer: Sharp

Paints: Benjamin Moore

Range/ovens: Wolf

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Roofing: Englert standing seam

Sinks: Kohler; Fairmont

Solar panels: Newport Solar

Thermal/moisture barriers: VaproShield

Tile: Heath Tiles (kitchen backsplash), Quemere (shower)

Toilets: TOTO

Windows and door systems: Fleetwood

Window shading systems: Lutron, Hunter Douglas