Our clients were interested in exploring an “island vernacular" expression for their retreat house — a look and feel that would fit comfortably and timelessly on an island that they have been visiting regularly for over 40 years. The design solution integrates a contemporary open-plan residential program within a building form reminiscent of a typical island farm structure — a “barn with a lean-to". The shed-form structure houses the living and entertaining functions, while the gable-roof structure houses bedrooms, bathrooms and utility spaces. Decks extend on both sides of the house, allowing for outdoor leisure regardless of wind direction, and the stepped-form allows all upstairs bedrooms a water view over the floor below.

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Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Beach House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine. Photo  of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Back Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 2 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, and Bench. This cozy corner of Bunny Lane by Heliotrope Architects is perfect for curling up with a good book and soaking in the forest views. Photo 3 of Bunny Lane Cabin

This cozy corner of Bunny Lane by Heliotrope Architects is perfect for curling up with a good book and soaking in the forest views.

Modern home with Living Room, Recliner, Rug Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, Sectional, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Chair. Photo 4 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Exterior, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Beach House Building Type. Photo 5 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Sectional, Bench, Light Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Photo 6 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Ceiling Lighting, and Chair. Photo 7 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Kitchen, Drop In Sink, Light Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Quartzite Counter, and Wood Cabinet. Photo 8 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Exterior, Beach House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. Photo 9 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Beach House Building Type. Photo 10 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Table, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of Bunny Lane Cabin
Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, and Chair. Photo 12 of Bunny Lane Cabin
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  • Sean Airhart

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