James Estes
James Estes
Estes/Twombly Architects Inc.
Newport, Rhode Island
Block Island House
Block Island, Rhode Island
A simple idea evolved.
Inspired by the simple, no frills architecture of Block Island’s early designs, this project celebrates the island’s tradition with a more lively twist.
The residence incorporates two architectural features common to the island: the “Block Island Dormer”, where the building facade is extended into the roof with a gable, and the shed porch. Expanding on the two, the front porch became more than an applied form, it became a connector between two blocks.
The Block Island House consists of a large open living, dining, and kitchen space with supporting den, four bedrooms, and the porch. All of the rooms, except for the den, take advantage of the light and southerly views. Marvin Windows and Doors were used to stand up to the rugged climate and provide the large glass areas needed.


Ultimate Awning Window
Ultimate Double Hung Window
Sliding Patio Door
Picture Window

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