Your Dream Outbuilding, Realized

These three structures add style and living space to local properties.


The ground floor seating area provides a place to hang between pool laps. Photography by Tony Luong.

Work Trip

It’s easy to assume this outbuilding — with its sleek lines, priceless water views and seventy-five-foot lap pool — is more escape than necessity. In reality, its primary purpose is work. When its Little Compton owners requested an outbuilding that complemented their modernist main house, architect Peter Twombly, principal at Newport firm Estes/Twombly, with the help of contractor Messier Construction in Tiverton, pulled together a 2,000-square-foot design that could act as a photography studio. The building also offers some living and exercise space on the second floor and storage and a garage below.


This multi-use Little Compton studio mimics the look of the main house, with modern lines and lots of glass. Photography by Tony Luong.


The second floor has all the comforts of home and office. Photography by Tony Luong.

“It has multiple functions,” Twombly says. “They can be up there and enjoy the view and exercise or work and it can also function as a guest room if they want.” A stone panel on the structure’s front wall and stone walls around the pool are a nod to the area’s historic surroundings, while the pool fence’s subtle design ensures views are unobstructed. Inside, white plaster walls are a canvas for the couple’s art collection, while a mix of oak and concrete floors add interest. Glass is a primary element, showcased best by a south-facing wall of windows that frames the view of Briggs Marsh. The sloped roof plays up the view, allowing the owner to snag a quick peek during even the busiest of workdays.