EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home
EngineHouse Block Island Summer Home

Block Island Summer Home

From start to finish, EngineHouse engineered this island summer home on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The home is a spare reinterpretation of vernacular, coastal New England architecture and materials. As designer and builder, EngineHouse strove for honesty in the structure and craftsmanship. Each material and detail was chosen with an eye toward longevity and the ability to stand up to the punishing, corrosive island weather.

For two years, EngineHouse relocated business to Block Island, Rhode Island, to realize this project. Built by a core team with help from a rotating group of colleagues, EngineHouse served as architect, interior designer, builder and fabricator. Almost every piece of this house was designed and purpose built on-site, in many cases using the bones of the previous house on the property as raw material for cabinetry, furniture and lighting.

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EngineHouse

Founded in the engine room of a decommissioned Wilkinsburg fire station, EngineHouse began in 2011 as the creative ambition of colleagues Adam Lackett and Kellen Fenaughty. The partners moved to Pittsburgh in 2003 to attend Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture and quickly fell in love with the city’s gritty character and architectural potential. After forays in the fields of architecture, construction, landscape design, and furniture making, they formed EngineHouse as a design-build practice with a holistic approach to the construction process. The group, now bolstered by Pittsburgh native and partner, Ian English, shares a passion for hard work, a love for honest materials, and a commitment to durable, long-lasting investments in local infrastructure.