House Lust: The 2018 “This Old House” Idea House is on the Market
The Narragansett home, a few blocks from the seawall, features every conjurable bell and whistle.
The craftsmen at Sweenor Builders really flexed their muscles on this one.
Back in 2018, alongside Union Studio Architects, the Wakefield shop was tapped by “This Old House” to construct an Idea House — an ongoing series of homes built to inspire fans of the home improvement brand — on Narragansett Pier. It was Sweenor’s second Idea House and, no wonder, they’ve built others since then.
When I toured the Pier house two years ago, just prior to its completion, Sweenor Builders president Jeff Sweenor was putting the finishing touches on a very cool Murphy bed in the guest suite over the garage. His handiwork shined in other places, too: in the custom kitchen cabinetry; in a soaring built-in bookcase in the office nook; in a secret cubbie in a child’s bedroom.
The home, which was built on spec, sold shortly thereafter. But the concepts it deployed — mainly, living big on a smaller footprint — stuck with me. (Another sticking point: a stone strip in the driveway to mitigate stormwater runoff. You know you’re a home improvement nerd when the driveway gets you going.) Now, it’s back on the market with Mott and Chace Sotheby’s and looking just as pretty as the day it debuted.
Here’s one big idea (and your House Lust):