Other space-making opportunities came in the form of built-ins. “When you have limited space, you approach the design process much like you would if building a boat. Built-in storage and furniture—even beds—become essential,” he says. Sherman borrowed space from eaves to incorporate storage into the bedrooms and cubbies in a small “boat room” off the living area. Built-in bookshelves in the living room offer places for sea-inspired accessories.
Because this is a summerhouse, outdoor spaces for cooking, dining, entertaining, and relaxing were a design must. “We added a screened porch off the living room so the homeowners could enjoy the evening air even when the mosquitoes are biting,” notes Sherman. Doyle Construction, the general contractor on the project, rebuilt the mahogany deck, which spans the length of the water side of the house. “Mahogany is a hardy wood that stands up to the elements,” he says, “while the bronze railing is another low-maintenance option.” Sherman also introduced a second-story Juliet balcony off a small sitting area for additional open-air living space.