Rhode Island Residence
Charlestown, RI


From 2008-2015, OEA led the master planning and development of a three-acre property along the Rhode Island coastline. Surrounded on three sides by a saltwater pond, the site and its existing 1930s shingled single-story structure have undergone a phased transformation guided by the owner’s overarching mandate to maintain the rural character of the site, the cottage-like character of the house, and the tranquility and pristine nature of the surrounding wetlands. 

Working closely with the owners, OEA completed a first phase of work in 2010, which included an in-ground lap pool, storage outbuilding and series of hand-laid stone walls. In collaboration with Noury-Ello Architects, OEA recently completed phase two, the renovation and expansion of the existing house, which included the addition of an upper story. The property's location within the 100-year flood plain has necessitated a range of technical solutions that meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) coastal construction requirements. 

Completed 2015
In collaboration with Noury-Ello Architects
Photography by Evan Sklar