Barrier Views

Client |
New Build
Ipswich MA
Core & Shell |
Millwork |
Landscape |
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The smart, compact design highlights this waterside home's views of Plum Island and Plum Island Sound.

The home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a 1-car garage off the first-floor mudroom, and a 2-car garage at the basement level. The first-floor primary suite allows the couple one-floor living, but there's lots of space upstairs for when their grown kids and family members visit.

From the front entry, there is a view through the gathering space, which includes living, dining, and kitchen areas, plus a more formal dining area off to the side. The primary suite feels separate from this area because it has a small sitting room in between. Dubbed the "snoratorium," the room "became a joke when we were designing the house because it gives her a place to go when he is snoring," says Art Dioli, the architect. In all seriousness, it's a quiet spot off the main space where they can retreat and read or watch television.

Upstairs, three bedrooms connect to the central staircase. The second-floor deck has a 200-degree view from Turner Hill to Halibut Point. Part of the deck is sheltered with a roof, providing shade and a comfortable space to relax indoors and out.