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We are award winning residential architects specializing in exceptional coastal homes throughout New England. For more than 30 years, our design studio has been dedicated to providing highly personalized design services to individuals and families who want to create an enduring and memorable gathering place for their family, friends and extended family. We have expertise in the shingle style and historic preservation. Our architecture and interiors are responsive to our client’s expectations and no two clients are alike. We approach each project without preconceptions. A key design philosophy of ours is to “work from the inside out and work from the outside in.” Thus indoor rooms become outdoor rooms that merge with the landscape and seascape. Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC has designed homes, renovations and family compounds in well-known coastal communities such as Watch Hill, Weekapaug, and Shelter Harbor, Rhode Island, Greenwich, Stonington and Guilford, CT and Vero Beach, FL. Our office is distinguished by our ability to provide clients the very individualized attention of a small office and the technical expertise and high-level design found in a large metropolitan firm. We offer full project management and serve as a single point of contact for permitting, engineering, landscape, bidding and construction management. We also take pride in introducing our clients to the highest quality builders, craftsmen and artisans. Principal Architect, Michael McKinley, AIA a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, established the firm in 1989 after working as lead designer at several internationally known firms in Boston and New York. He is the lead designer on every project and meets with clients throughout the entire design and construction phase. Michael McKinley is licensed in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and New Jersey.

Services Provided

Architectural Design, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Historic Building Conservation, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, Kitchen Design, New Home Construction, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Pool House Design & Construction, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Custom Homes

Areas Served

Ashaway, Bradford, Fishers Island, Gales Ferry, Groton, Groton Long Point, Hope Valley, Hopkinton, Ledyard, Ledyard Center, Long Hill, Misquamicut, Mystic, New London, Noank, North Stonington, Old Mystic, Pawcatuck, Poquonock Bridge, Stonington, Watch Hill, Weekapaug, West Mystic, Westerly, Guilford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Madison, Old Black Point, Shelter Island, Narragansett, Jamestown, Niantic, Fenwick, Vero Beach, Warwick, North Kingstown, Bristol, Barrington, South Kingstown, Newport, Portsmouth, Dering Harbor


Best of Houzz 2020, 2017, 2016. Connecticut Cottages and Gardens Innovation Design Finalist in the category of Architecture 2019, 2018, Rhode Island Monthly Design Award.


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13 Projects

Example of a small urban wooden l-shaped metal railing staircase design in Other with wooden risers

The Power House

Westerly, RI
Ornate brown two-story wood gable roof photo in Providence

Oceanfront Residence, Watch Hill, RI

Watch Hill, RI
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Business Details

Business Name

Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC

Phone Number

(860) 535-4532


146 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378

Typical Job Cost

$500,000 - 6 million

License Number

CT ARI.0006702


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