The Birdhouse on Prouts Neck
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.