Modern renovation opens floor plans and panoramic Views
In collaboration with the talented team at Nancy Leslie Architects, Richmond Gardner Builder executed a major redesign and renovation of this existing hilltop bungalow named “High & Dry.” Tasked with transforming an existing dwelling into a single-story home that maximizes panoramic views of Rhode Island’s southern coast and Block Island, we are especially proud of the results achieved. During our first phase of work on this challenging cliff-side site in Matunuck Hills, the scope included updating a warren of small spaces into a modern open floor plan. The new design features 5-inch rift- and quarter-sawn white oak flooring with a walnut stain throughout, expansive cathedral ceilings in hemlock, a new white oak shaker-style kitchen, updated bathrooms and laundry, and a new three-season porch with a wood stove that will help to expand its use throughout the year. Several aspects of our work help to integrate new building elements with the original structure, such as retaining and adding to the native stone design and adapting the original baluster design. Future plans call for a second phase that will add a guest suite and office area above the garage, and refresh all sections of the home’s exterior to integrate the lighter color palette and copper edge treatments of the recent addition.