Your Dream Outbuilding, Realized

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

Forty-foot sliding pocket doors open to gardens and a playhouse. A stone wall, by Kevin Baker Stonework, and high windows on the opposite side ensure privacy from the street. Photography by Tony Luong.

Room to Grow

A green thumb and New England winters don’t mix particularly well. One Newport couple’s solution? This 1,300-square-foot greenhouse-guesthouse combo by Portsmouth’s Foster Associates. When designing the modernist structure, which shares the property with several other buildings including the 1882 Peabody and Stearns main house, the architects were careful to consider its surroundings, as well as the nearby road. The resulting charred cypress-sided creation, constructed by Kistler and Knapp Builders of Acton, Massachusetts, stands out without being obtrusive.


Photography by Tony Luong

The exterior’s simple color palette continues inside, with the exception of a pop of red from the kitchen’s cabinetry. While the purpose of the building was to provide a space for the wife to care for her plants during colder months, one can assume that equal time is spent up on the green roof deck, where views of the ocean, not visible from the main house, are unobstructed — an added bonus if ever there was one.