Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC
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Sunny Knoll, Watch Hill, RI

What began as a residential development project resulted in one of our firm’s most personal pieces of architecture. Michael McKinley and Associates was hired to design a new shingle style residence for a site in Watch Hill, Rhode Island which was originally a Mellon estate, landscaped by a firm established by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Our clients, who owned an adjacent historic cottage, also asked us to design substantial renovations and additions to that residence so it could go on the market. Having expertise in residential development and marketing, we created the watercolor renderings and brochures for both properties. When the historic cottage sold quickly, the development approach to the new shingle style home was shelved and the project became a custom home design for our clients.

The couple, who had meticulously restored a 1950’s ranch house in Sea Island Georgia, sent us to stay in their home to get a sense of their lifestyle and their tastes… a mix of modern, traditional and Asian elements. The design for the new home combines traditional features of the shingle style with clean and simple lines of more modern architecture. The flared roof eaves are a nod to Asian architecture and also soften the roof lines.

The homeowner’s friends frequently comment on how the new shingle style residence is such a close reflection of its owners.... an ironic twist for a project that started out as a real estate development.
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Front entry and courtyard of a new shingle style residence in Watch Hill, RI. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Exterior of Sunny Knoll, a new shingle style home in Watch Hill, RI designed by Michael McKinley and Associates, Architects. Photo: Warren Jagger
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The screened porch serves as this Watch Hill, RI home's summer dining room. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Cherry full overlay cabinets, dark blue laminate counertops with a metal edge band, cork flooring and doug fir windows. Warren Jagger
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A light filled dining area off the kitchen of a new shingle style home in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The room, inside a corner dome, has natural doug fir windows and pine floors. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Living room of new shingle style home in Watch Hill, RI Photo: Warren Jagger
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A sleeping porch in a new shingle style residence in Watch Hill, RI. Pulley style awning windows open onto the porch from an adjacent bedroom. A wood burning fireplace provides heat on cool evenings. Sleeping porches were common a century ago before the advent of air conditioning. They are gaining in popularity as homeowners seek sustainable design features such as window...More
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The corner dome houses the shingle style home's casual dining room off the kitchen. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Exterior of a new shingle style home in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The entry courtyard is framed by screened in porches with fireplaces. The photo showcases the home's signature design feature...flared roof eaves. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Exterior details of a new shingle style home in Watch Hill, RI. Photo: Warren Jagger
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Watercolor rendering of a new shingle style residence in Watch Hill, RI
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