Styled a little like a wood-shingled cottage or chalet, the detailing of this vacation home is not particularly bold – but where it ceases to be modest is in the way it reaches for the sky.

This lofted second-story bedroom is, in fact, an addition by Roger Marvel Architects. So are a series of trellises, a pool and a jacuzzi below.

While some situations – such as public buildings – call for honesty with respect to old and new, a different tactic is taken here: or rather, the difference is at least more subtle such that the entire result remains relatively unpretentious.

By a similar token, the new guest house has a overhanging wood roof and shingled sides, but is cut by an odd-angled piece of glass that makes it clear (no pun intended) this space is not part of the original design.

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“Rogers Marvel Architects provided design for the renovation and expansion of an existing oceanfront beach cottage, the Whaler’s Lane Residence. The residence is a series of shingle-wrapped exterior and interior spaces connected via wooden pathways. Additions include the a new swimming pool, jacuzzi, and trellis, kitchen, second floor bedroom, and terrace. The property is located on the Atlantic Ocean in a quiet neighborhood full of eclectic beach homes.”

“The original oceanfront beach cottage that occupied the site was reutilized conceptually for the project by maintaining similar materials and profiles to create a contextual residence. This property includes a large sand dune, that protects the project from strong winds, and public beach activity alike. The Landscaping has been accomplished with native materials and maintained with erosion control methods including Long wooden beach palates and boardwalks used to traverse the dune to the beach and guest house.”