The design of this coastal compound started with a master plan, laying out a long term vision that could be built over time. Attached to the area after 14 summers of renting, the owners bought 5 acres of river front meadow to build a place of their own for family vacations and eventual year-round residence. The master plan set Grey Havens, the main house, just back from the brow of a gentle slope to the water and a guest house downhill and perpendicular to preserve views and privacy.
Grey Havens harks back to 19th century coastal estates, but accommodates year round contemporary living. The south facing end of the wide porch is framed with heavy timber but the roof sheathing is omitted so winter sun can brighten the interior.