The site is a relatively open, flat residential setting affording a second floor southern view of the ocean a mile away.


The proximity of the Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is an important influence on the climate of the area. Winter temperatures are modified considerably and many storms precipitate rain rather than snow. Refreshing sea breezes cool summer temperatures. Dense fog generally occurs 2 or 3 days a month and coastal storms produce the most severe weather.

• Winter: cold, temperatures average between the low 20's and mid to high 30's

• Summer: warm, temperatures average between the high 50's to low 60's and near 80° F


Designed for a young professional couple, this house, traditionally conservative, modestly simply, and small in appearance encloses three levels of living space in a variety of forms and arrangements. The open quality of the solarium allows an abundance of natural light to all levels and heightens your sense of space in this compact design. With the first floor and second floors set between ground level, access from the garage through the solarium to either level or vice versa is an easy and pleasant transition. The third floor in the space formed by the roof creates a gambrel type ceiling and provides an open view through the roof glass. This house was monitored extensively by the Department of Energy, the results of which are presented in the section "How it Works."

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Interior Solarium Total Sq Ft
1942 629 2571