A sight to behold
On the ground entry level—where there are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a mudroom and laundry—an open stairway leads directly into the open living room of the main floor, which continues to flow into a dining room and kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling lift-and-slide glass doors by Dynamic Architectural envelop each space, maximizing the unobstructed south-facing views and providing access to an expansive deck built right on the grade. “One of the nice things about this site is that you’re close enough to Hyannis to see all the ferries coming and going. And there are buoys out there flashing through the night, so it’s never a dark picture,” Bereznicki notes.
On the third floor, in an effort to minimize the scale of the house, Bereznicki explains that he utilized only a portion of the level as living space, designing a balcony—a “gallery,” as he describes it—that runs the length of the floor and looks down into the dining room. Off of the far left corner of the gallery is access to a walkout balcony, and from the opposite corner one finds a study tucked off to the right and the master suite straight ahead. A walkout balcony off the master bedroom provides the homeowners a wonderful vantage point from which to take in the rich sunsets over the ocean. From the street side, only a set of dormers indicates the presence of the upper floor.
Given the inherent separation created by multiple levels, Bereznicki sought to establish a sense of connectedness between all three floors. The majority of walls and ceilings throughout the house are done in shiplap, “before shiplap siding became all the rage,” he notes, and in addition to the ground floor ceiling being open, the dining room ceiling extends to the third floor. The variety of elegant geometric shapes seen in the ceiling structures—from trapezoids and triangles to the cone-like dome over the living room—are architectural eye candy, making for spaces as dynamic as the views beyond.
“Sometimes you get a waterfront property and it’s kind of a one-view show. Here, your view really is much more complex than that, and I wanted to reflect that complexity in the architecture,” Bereznicki says. Orthogonal and diagonal forms are also seen in the angled placements of the sliding glass doors on the main floor as well as the hexagonal shapes of the main floor living, dining and kitchen spaces. Looking up toward the third floor from the landing of the main level, Bereznicki compares the staggered geometry to the image of Marcel Duchamp’s 1912 abstract oil painting “Nude Descending a Staircase”—a painting that, like the architecture seen throughout the house, provokes contemplation.
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