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Sandbar House

Tiverton, Rhode Island
Steps leading to front entry
Entry and stairway
Dining area opens to screened porch with water views
Living and sitting room with expansive view of water
Date 2013
Size 3,400 SF

Facing west over the Sakonnet River, this home gets its name from the shallow sandbar that is exposed at low tide. The site along the tidal river provides the owners with an ever-changing beach throughout the summer.

Entry, deck, and terrace

The owners were looking for a home that would be both modern and contextual, respecting Tiverton’s coastal shingle-style building tradition. At the same time, as they come from a Hindu cultural tradition, they asked that the plan of the home incorporate traditional Vaastu design principles. The design respects recommended locations for specific rooms while also incorporating traditional programmatic elements and materials, such as a puja (prayer) room, niches for statues of deities, and travertine flooring.

In addition to the living room, dining room, kitchen, and mudroom; the house has an office, puja room, and four bedrooms. Also included is a first-floor guest suite designed for an aging parent. The lower level which flows out to the beach is equipped with a wet room, bath, storage, garage, and outdoor spaces for entertaining.

Second floor balcony looking south to High Hill Point
Kitchen bay detail
View of Sakonnet River at sunset from the deck