Alec Tesa, principal of A. Tesa Architecture in Newport, has designed the Middletown house that will be featured prominently in Time Inc.’s Coastal Living magazine and website as its 2017 Idea House. The house is intended to showcase the latest design and technology trends. The interiors are by designer Mark D. Sikes. The general contractor is Horan Building Co. of Newport, and the landscape is by Infinity Design Group of Warwick. Located at 316 Tuckerman Ave., the five-bedroom, 6.5-bath house is listed at $3.25 million.
In a recent interview, Tesa described the challenges of building the new home, which was restricted by deed to a height of 25 feet, so as not to block neighboring views of the ocean, including the Cliff Walk of Newport.
PBN: Describe your design for the Coastal Living house?
TESA: The design was borne by an atypical vernacular. Rather than the typical shingle-style nomenclature, which is often seen throughout Newport and the neighborhood, based on the site restrictions and the program given to us by the builder, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage had to be massaged and integrated in a particular way that took advantage of views and light and symmetry and landscape.
PBN: Given the site, was it a challenging house to design?
TESA: It was challenging because I knew from the beginning we were going to have to stray away from our typical…
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