Mill Pond House traditional-exterior

Mill Pond House

For this house overlooking a salt water pond, my clients wanted a cozy little cottage, but one with an open floor plan, large public rooms, a sizable eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a den. To create this big house in a small package, we drew upon the Cape Cod tradition with a series of volumes stepping back along the edge of the coastal bank. From the street the house appears as a classic half Cape, but what looks like the main house is only the master suite. The two “additions” that appear behind it contain most of the house.

The main entry is from the small farmer’s porch into a surprisingly spacious vaulted stair hall lit by a doghouse dormer and three small windows running up along the stair. The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open to each other, but defined by columns, ceiling beams and the substantial kitchen island. Large windows and glass doors at the back of the house provide views of the water.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms including a second master suite with its own fireplace. The extensive millwork, trim, interior doors, paneling, ceiling treatments, stairs, railings and cabinets were all built on site. The construction of the kitchen was the subject of an article in Fine Homebuilding magazine.

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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Widen Your Space Options With a Dormer Window
The Doghouse DormerThis wonderfully named dormer, which looks like a proverbial doghouse placed atop a roof, lends a lot of charm to a Cape Cod–style home.From the outside a doghouse dormer doesn't dominate the overall scale of a home's design. It's simply a small and innocuous architectural element that can liven up a roof, while inside ...

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Knoppe Cabinet Refinishing added this to jonknoppe's ideas
on Tuesday
Side addition
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Low profile
re_jones added this to Roof
December 30, 2014
Dormer windows
careyldd added this to careyldd's ideas
December 28, 2014
Dormer on addition only
bettielee4 added this to River Cottage
December 25, 2014
Garage window
Ellie Cullinan added this to Exterior
December 9, 2014
Shingles and black shutters
Plan Create Build services added this to PCB - Cape Cod
November 30, 2014
Picket fence and light pole.
philantropy09 added this to philantropy09's Ideas
November 23, 2014
Traditional Front Dormers
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November 23, 2014
The cape design
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November 22, 2014
look_fatty added this to Housing Style and Element
November 21, 2014
cape cod
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November 21, 2014
beacarreno added this to interior design class
November 12, 2014
New England cape cod
mrsdellinger added this to Bayshore ranch
November 9, 2014
Faux dormers
jgraham84 added this to Cape Style
November 7, 2014
add ons
pammoss added this to pammoss's Ideas
November 2, 2014
Dog house dormer
Betsy Miller added this to outside
October 30, 2014
jmarknelson added this to dormer details
October 21, 2014
classic white fronts with shingle sides
beekervacc added this to beekervacc's Ideas
October 16, 2014
queenank added this to Exterior Ideas
October 10, 2014
dormer on remodel
klarager added this to essex st
September 30, 2014
shingle color/black shutters
shaunakomlor added this to shaunakomlor's ideas
September 21, 2014
wendybeiswenger added this to wendybeiswenger's Ideas
September 17, 2014
like the shingle color
tanksley_nigel added this to Housestyle
September 9, 2014
Cape Cod
allisonflanders added this to House styles
September 3, 2014
cape cod
jimmacadam added this to Exterior trim
September 3, 2014
solid front siding side
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August 31, 2014
kleeks2 added this to housestyles
August 29, 2014
cape cod
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August 29, 2014
cape cod
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August 29, 2014
Cape Cod
paytony16 added this to elements & pronciples design
August 29, 2014
cape cod
hjyoung added this to hjyoung's ideas
August 28, 2014
colour of doors and shutters
ferriga9 added this to Exterior
August 24, 2014
Cedar shingles trim and shutters
ben0207 added this to ben0207's ideas
August 22, 2014
Very Very Good for Stone Fence nearly the same as my house.
marielp added this to marielp's ideas
August 9, 2014
crandalljk added this to Exterior Ideas
August 2, 2014
hslubar added this to hslubar's ideas
July 23, 2014
Guide for white trim
djorunds added this to djorunds's ideas
July 13, 2014
like shingle color
lrykiel18 added this to lrykiel18's Ideas
July 6, 2014
Dormers from outside
Tamie Sis Buckley added this to Addition
July 1, 2014
lmeyer55 added this to Norfolk Patio
June 1, 2014
steps with rock wall sides
willholthouser added this to willholthouser's ideas
May 30, 2014
klfnd96 added this to klfnd96's Ideas
May 29, 2014
Light shingles will wear to grey, will look perfect with the shutters.
crobbins1 added this to crobbins1's ideas
May 18, 2014
olgaalva added this to cape ideas
May 18, 2014
Michael Jameson Interior Design added this to Nannett and Joes
May 14, 2014
sschwartzdpt added this to Exterior Ideas
May 10, 2014
stone retaining wall
fraceplace added this to fraceplace's Ideas
May 1, 2014
White on a terrace
AwSpire, Designs For The Way You Live added this to 2nd Floor Additions
April 30, 2014
Doghouse Dormers
lisc20 added this to Housing styles and elements
April 17, 2014
Stefanie Frenette Delahunty added this to webuser_693902's Ideas
April 11, 2014
Double wall
pkarle added this to pkarle's ideas
April 8, 2014
nice cape
Melissa Hipple added this to melissa_hipple's ideas
April 5, 2014
doghouse dormers
dbinford added this to dbinford's Ideas
March 31, 2014
Colors for Fairway
mmcrosby added this to mmcrosby's ideas
March 29, 2014
single shutter on garage
ciesil added this to Exterior
March 29, 2014
While this is way too coastal/New England-y with the shingles, I like the mix of traditional shutters/dormers with eclectic telescoping wings/rooms
rebeccaruede added this to Yard
March 21, 2014
jltlearn added this to jltlearn's ideas
March 1, 2014
small house with shutters
teresastiles added this to teresastiles's ideas
February 26, 2014
doghouse dormers
tornabe added this to Doors, windows, materials, etc
February 23, 2014
stone walk way and shingles
Heather added this to Cape Cod - Exterior
February 17, 2014
Siding, asymmetrical balace, fence/garden/brick layering.
duffy_18 added this to Dream House
February 10, 2014
Would Mirror the house the
karlacolletto added this to karlacolletto's ideas
February 6, 2014
coblenes added this to coblenes's ideas
February 4, 2014
Simple columns front porch
ottoking22 added this to Mudroom/Addition
January 15, 2014
side addition with front porch
amitya added this to amitya's ideas
January 12, 2014
Dormers different heights
teddfaraone added this to teddfaraone's ideas
January 5, 2014
maybe one of these sections for the cottage
Creative Partner - Home & Design added this to Dormer Windows
January 3, 2014
Doghouse dormer windows
specialk1219 added this to outdoor
December 31, 2013
sections of house
stuart517 added this to Entry
December 22, 2013
Could the whole front of my house look like this (carport extended)?
grandbanks added this to Rockholm
December 16, 2013
Stepped back additions to original house
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December 3, 2013
sem842 added this to Dormer windows 2nd floor ver2.
December 3, 2013
upstairs attic space for?
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November 18, 2013
Loft ideas1
Susan Beck added this to susan_beck9661825's ideas
November 10, 2013
same roof lines
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November 9, 2013
I like that the lawn is so big
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October 26, 2013
moonsnail added this to moonsnail's ideas
October 24, 2013
Exterior design
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October 24, 2013
skie_lindsey added this to Architecture
October 23, 2013
This dormer is easily defined by its protruding windows
kizl added this to architecture
October 23, 2013
cape cod
riveraje2016 added this to Architecture
October 23, 2013
This house has Dormer Windows. I know it is dormer windows because the windows are on top and have a 'ramp'.
palomain2015 added this to architecture
October 23, 2013
It is a cape cod style because of the 1 level house and because of the dormers the come out on to the roof. Then the outside of the houses' walls are a basic finishing. Just a plain front over all.
childeam2015 added this to Architectural styles and elements
October 23, 2013
This house has dormers because it has the little window things on the roof.
kenziewallace added this to architecture
October 23, 2013
this house has dormers they are dormers because they are protruding windows
katecronin added this to katecronin's ideas
October 20, 2013
Addition to small cape cod
jschleif added this to jschleif's ideas
October 20, 2013
Possible example for our addition. Addition(s) with same roof line.
Erin Donnelly added this to erindonnelly12's ideas
October 10, 2013
Cape Cod
kylana added this to kylana's ideas
October 6, 2013
new angle
abb100 added this to General ideas
October 6, 2013
Dormer ideas
Lorelei Lw added this to lorelei_lw's ideas
October 5, 2013
nice house
nic08rog added this to nic08rog's ideas
October 1, 2013
lawung added this to Exterior Ideas
September 29, 2013
Dormers and stepped roof
katruitt added this to Exterior Ideas
September 29, 2013
2 dormers for front of house
tjd4420 added this to tjd4420's Ideas
September 27, 2013
traciepratt added this to beachy spaces
September 25, 2013
feel like a seaside cottage
Patti Gaita McCartney added this to Exterior Ideas
September 23, 2013
shingle color
Tiffany Burris added this to tiffany_burris's ideas
September 23, 2013
retaining wall
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September 18, 2013
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September 16, 2013
maddison73 added this to exterior elevation
September 16, 2013
Misha Yu added this to Exterior Ideas
September 11, 2013
cape cod
kyliecross added this to New House
September 10, 2013
this is what I want in a house
shannonanderson2 added this to dormers / shutters
September 8, 2013
wkourany added this to wkourany's Ideas
September 7, 2013
Doghouse dormer
tadhoey added this to tadhoey's Ideas
September 5, 2013
Classic cape cod
kyonkers added this to Exterior Ideas
September 5, 2013
Classic cape
asiafitz added this to karolina
August 30, 2013
talbenasher added this to Exterior Ideas
August 21, 2013
dreamy house...
ginabalina added this to exterior
August 20, 2013
transom above door
lorimitch40 added this to NEW HOUSE
August 18, 2013
foundation up higher - build wall around
shannahsb added this to Front door
August 17, 2013
Lamp post
fernheath added this to Stonework
August 15, 2013
slope above wall
kathymelanson added this to walkway
July 25, 2013
fence across front
cking02184 added this to Cape Cod look
July 24, 2013
stairs with stone on both sides
thejanetromano added this to cape cod modifications
July 21, 2013
doghouse dormer
parcieri1 added this to mudroom
July 18, 2013
addition to cape
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July 7, 2013
jayeellen added this to jayeellen's ideas
July 6, 2013
Doormer window
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June 27, 2013
georgeandandy added this to Exterior Ideas
June 27, 2013
love this look
glye added this to glye's Ideas
June 17, 2013
homeyg27 added this to homeyg27's Ideas
June 15, 2013
Faded white
ealillo added this to ealillo's Ideas
June 13, 2013
Amy Audette added this to amy_audette's Ideas
June 12, 2013
Exterior colors
guytonka added this to guytonka's Ideas
June 9, 2013
Light post?
ELIZABETH ECHOLS added this to architectural interest
June 6, 2013
stinkin adorable,, that stone!
slzz added this to Exterior Ideas
May 20, 2013
remise de côté
Theresa Joy added this to theresa_joy's Ideas
May 17, 2013
Doghouse dormer
judithmusser added this to dormer
May 16, 2013
doghouse dormer
emmalhasa added this to Addition
May 5, 2013
Build out over garage
hilarysue added this to Exterior Ideas
April 26, 2013
like the whole look. Siding and shutters
lxlentz added this to lxlentz's Ideas
April 13, 2013
New England style
mikekelly32 added this to mikekelly32's Favorites
April 10, 2013
She'd dormer
pootimber added this to Entry / Front Yard
April 9, 2013
Maybe add little room to side entrance like in this pic
cathyvitale added this to cathyvitale's ideas
April 8, 2013
I like this
kristinkeno added this to fence
April 7, 2013
good height
mlsoto added this to mlsoto's Ideas
April 5, 2013
how cute is this??
ege8 added this to Exterior Ideas
April 4, 2013
maugi21 added this to maugi21's ideas
April 2, 2013
a big small house
Candice Kiefer added this to candice_kiefer's Ideas
April 1, 2013
Love the shed dormer
kkwheel added this to kwhytegeneral
March 21, 2013
Dormer styles
j_wied83 added this to Pool
March 18, 2013
very irregular shaped rocks, but still uniform, manicured & flat across the top.
mrspincus added this to mrspincus's Ideas
March 17, 2013
She'd dormer
Robert Olinger added this to dormers
March 15, 2013
too skinny
cmarshall18 added this to cmarshall18's Ideas
March 12, 2013
rebcase1 added this to Cottage Ideas
March 11, 2013
paint and shingle
10513140 added this to 10513140's Ideas
March 9, 2013
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March 7, 2013
pebl911 added this to pebl911's ideas
March 5, 2013
This one is not to bad but with a different porch
1033chel added this to max
February 28, 2013
doghouse dormer
Pamela Carlin added this to pamela_carlin's ideas
February 28, 2013
Shutters and fence.
alutton added this to cape cod renovation
February 28, 2013
Dormers: doghouse, shed or eyebrow styles
kellyhiett added this to kellyhiett's ideas
February 27, 2013
stone wall
Angelo Babbo added this to angelo_babbo's Ideas
February 25, 2013
Dormer rear of house?
marydmilk added this to marydmilk's Ideas
February 24, 2013
think about taking asphalt drive out & do 2 wheel tracks
windanlin added this to Dormers
February 24, 2013
Dormer Stylez
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February 23, 2013
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February 21, 2013
gattu to garden
pilarin added this to pilarin's ideas
February 21, 2013
one floor house
emilyjune added this to Outside
February 21, 2013
I want these windows when we do our new roof... more space up there maybe?
jahaw added this to jahaw's Ideas
February 20, 2013
Dormer windows
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February 20, 2013
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February 20, 2013
dormer windows
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February 20, 2013
dormer window
maryrensland added this to curb appeal
February 20, 2013
dormer windows in a 1 1/2 floor house. more space.
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February 20, 2013
2nd floor dormer
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February 20, 2013
rtdro added this to rtdro's ideas
February 20, 2013
dormer on garage
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February 20, 2013
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February 20, 2013
kgsg711 added this to kgsg711's ideas
February 20, 2013
Cape cod remodel
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February 20, 2013
Doghouse dormer- outside
maanpa added this to maanpa's ideas
February 20, 2013
upstairs dormers
jacquelinea added this to jacquelinea's ideas
February 20, 2013
Cape dormers
ewf468 added this to ewf468's ideas
February 20, 2013
nice exterior
Richard Bubnowski Design LLC added this to richardbubnowski's ideas
February 20, 2013
designwitch added this to designwitch's ideas
February 20, 2013
placement of garage
eiermanl added this to eiermanl's ideas
February 20, 2013
Side porch addition
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February 20, 2013
jdonnelly2 added this to Home designs
February 20, 2013
Cape style and dormers
namany added this to bathroom
February 10, 2013
architectural design
abishton added this to Cape cod House
February 7, 2013
rectangle design
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February 1, 2013
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January 24, 2013
Nice design
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January 23, 2013
various reference
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January 17, 2013
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January 7, 2013
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December 26, 2012
sycamore siding idea
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December 23, 2012
i like this
arrowsic added this to arrowsic's ideas
December 3, 2012
circular driveay with green in the middle - Matt would like this!
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November 19, 2012
breeze way
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November 12, 2012
Light post
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