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Big Ideas for a Small Space

A resourceful architect builds his own home on a challenging Osterville space by thinking outside the box and making the most of nature’s whims.

Photo by: Dan Cutrona

Bereznicki and his wife were careful to build some flexibility into the home, creating spaces that can easily be transformed for other uses. A room on the second floor, with an expansive balcony overlooking the property, is a beautiful guest bedroom, or quiet study—depending on the need. Picture moldings were used in the study as well as the second floor hallway—in case the couple wants to host an art gallery event, in the future. “We worked hard to ensure that the house is an open space that can comfortably accommodate a large gathering of people and at the same time offer plenty of privacy,” Bereznicki says.

On the main level of the home, the deck just off of the living area offers ample outdoor seating during the day. To take advantage of night dining without having to fend off mosquitos and other annoying summer insects, large screens that automatically roll up and down from the columns surrounding the deck create the perfect screened-in porch.

Though on a smaller scale, this Osterville home with its 19th century style is very much in keeping with other homes in the area. And though the topography of the lot proved challenging in many ways, the home is testament to what can be achieved when an architect comes up with creative solutions and is willing to turn things around and upside down to get the very best out of a special location.



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