Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material Native New Yorkers, the Merola family have long held a tradition of spending summers in Rhode Island. When they learned the costs of renovating their existing cottage would significantly outweigh the benefits, they instead opted to build new. The result—a distinctively modernist box structure clad in milled slats of charred, brushed, and oiled cypress manufactured by Delta Millworks—sits nestled within the marshy landscape of Quonochontaug Pond.  Photo 1 of 7 in Add a Home to Dwell from An Idyllic Rhode Island Summer Cottage Is the Perfect Escape for a New York Family