Truro, Massachusetts

Site size: 1.7 acres

Project size: 2,600 sq. ft.

Program: Atop a high ridge in a densely wooded 'Outer Cape' area of Cape Cod, the architects designed a four-bedroom residence offering both long, unobstructed vistas and passive cooling from the breeze.

Location: The Cape Cod town of Truro

Solution: The house’s upside-down layout elevates common living spaces and the master bedroom on the upper level, with decks projecting out on the north and south sides. Guest rooms are located on the ground floor along with a media room and storage shed. The architects used extensive glazing and sliding glass doors to open the interiors to the surrounding natural environment. The building’s elongated gabled roof and exposed wood structure evoke both a boathouse in its form and spaciousness.

Construction and materials: The wood-post and beam structure includes wood cabinets, exposed roof rafters, and wood decks. Photovoltaic solar panels cover a portion of the standing seam, lead-coated metal roof.

Hammer Architects
19 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139


Completion date: August 2014

Client/Owner: Loren Shure

Hammer Architects
19 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record:
Mark D Hammer, Project Principal

Don DiRocco, Project Associate

Webb Structural Services, Reading, MA

Consultant(s): Peter Vanderwarker

Landscape:  Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architects, Boston, MA

General contractor: A.F. Hultin & Co, Truro, MA

Photographer(s):  Peter Vanderwarker



Structural system

Metal: Standing Seam Lead Coated Copper Metal Roof

Wood frame: Loewen

Wood doors: Loewen

Locksets: Sargent- Assa Abloy

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Ted Franklin Custom Cabinets

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Solid surfacing: Corian

Interior ambient lighting: Lightolier, Hemear, Louis Poulsen

Photovoltaic system: PV Solar Panels on Rood