Gable Setting

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Several small gable additions and a tower combine to create a more dynamic roofline and open up the house to ocean views.

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Project Info

Architect: Jan Gleysteen, Jan Gleysteen Architects, Wellesley, Mass.
Contractor: Scott Goldstein, S.G. Custom Homes, Mashpee, Mass.


  • Create a more cohesive exterior façade
  • Improve exterior massing and interior function
  • Better define entries for the main house and guest cottage
  • Enhance ocean views


The original bland 1980s house didn’t suit its dramatic oceanfront setting and it missed the mark on fully capturing the New England area’s shingle style. The homeowners wanted to minimize the home’s footprint because of the small lot size, proximity to neighbors, and ecological sensitivity. Architect Jan Gleysteen responded to their request with a series of modest additions, adding just 170 square feet to the 3,500-square-foot home.

The additions included a 1-foot-deep gable to expand the great room, a gable above the master bedroom, as well as a tower. This combination adds mass to the original long gabled roofline. The gable windows admit more light to the interior, something the original shed roofs failed to do. In addition, new window grilles help scale down the large panes of glass.

Judges’ comments

The judges praised the renovation, noting that it captures the “style of a New England shingle home” in an oceanside setting. They said the cohesive design easily blends the modest additions with the existing home. “Everything is well thought out,” one judge commented.

Products Used

Entry door: custom mahogany

Lighting:Hanover Lantern

Masonry: New England fieldstone and bluestone

Paints/Stains:Benjamin Moore

Roofing: red cedar shingles

Siding:Maibec pre-stained red cedar

Windows:Kolbe & Kolbe