Sea Change

One of the reasons the homeowners and PSD chose “Sea Change” as the name for their home arises from another meaning of the expression. In the business world, a sea change is also a transformation, but often one that is systemic. The term is somewhat interchangeable with a paradigm shift. The homeowners began their time in Harwich Port, on this lot, in a purely summer home. “It was an old beach house, built in 1929, and we’d been using it for about 10 years,” the owner says. “In 2013, we were ready to do something more permanent, though, and it wasn’t the house for that.” After the family moved into their newly rebuilt home, they explored the meanings of “sea change” further and were pleased to find that its original use, from Ariel’s Song, fit thematically with what PSD had accomplished.

Though they still work in the Boston area, the owner notes: “We spend most weekends here year-round now. There’s so much that we love about the house; the layout is just so accommodating to all ages.” On the first floor, rather than using walls to divide space into rooms, PSD created a number of distinct features that partially separate key areas. One might think of these serving like rocks in a stream, interrupting the flow of water, or like a small archipelago—which, of course, extends “The Tempest” reference. DaSilva says: “I don’t mind the thought that there are multiple islands. For instance, the fireplace and built-in shelves are free standing.” The latter contains structural columns at either end and provides storage cabinets in the lower portion of the piece along with shelves that allow for the display of photos, ceramics, and other items or artwork. “It’s articulated more like a piece of large furniture,” he explains.