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2017 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 1,501 - 2,500 sq. ft.


The Birdhouse on Prouts Neck

Best in Region—North Atlantic

Scarborough, Rhode Island

Architect/Designer | Union Studio Architecture & Comm. Design

Builder | R. P. Morrison Builders

Interior Designer | Colleen Alford

Photographer | Jeff Roberts Imaging

The Birdhouse, nicknamed for its diminutive, iconic form, is located steps away from the beach on Prout’s Neck, an historic summer retreat near Saco Bay. The house was rebuilt on the existing foundation and expanded vertically because of strict zoning regulations that limit building coverage on the lot. The striking gambrel roofline is a modern exaggeration of an historic coastal form, fusing traditional New England style with the owner’s modern taste. The vertical expansion almost doubled the original 1,300-square-foot footprint while maintaining a decorous profile that is harmonious with traditional cottages on the street. Spatial limitations led to some compelling design solutions, including exposed steel beams, a spiral staircase and monumental shiplap-siding wall that unites all three stories.

From the Judges
Familiar form but unique; very creative; great symmetry; purposeful design, bells and whistles you didn’t expect.

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