The 25th Annual Rhode Island Design Awards
Pop open the bubbly! Time to celebrate our favorites over the years.
The project: A greenhouse/guesthouse combo in Newport.
What the judges liked in 2016: Modern, well-thought out details including pocket doors and charred cypress siding that nevertheless complement the main shingle house built in 1882.
Why we like it now: The contrast of the light stone exterior with dark wood and huge doors that allow you to be inside and outside at the same time. With a guest house you don’t always feel you have privacy but that’s not the case here. Our staffers were also drawn to the linear design. “There’s a lot of geometry, which is an unexpected pairing with shingle-style.”
Architect: Foster Associates, Aquidneck Island: Michelle Foster, principal;
Chris Cote, architect and associate principal; James Efstathiou
Landscape Design: Foster Associates
Interior Design: Foster Associates
General Contractor: Kistler and Knapp Builders, Acton, Mass.
Structural engineer: Camera O’Neill Consulting Engineers, Portsmouth
Stone: Kevin Baker Stonework, Barrington
Gardens: Client and Garden Endeavors, Swansea, Mass.
Pond: Nelumbo Water Gardens, Wickford
Photographer: Warren Jagger