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Rhode Island Retreat: A Prefabricated Architect Collaboration

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At Acorn Deck House Company, we design and build many beautiful homes. You might think we would be used to photographing unique houses in remote locations. Nope. It is always an adventure! This Rhode Island Retreat, a collaboration with Glen S. Fontecchio Architects, did not let us down.


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A “Duck Crossing” sign on the road to our coastal location let us know that the area was environmentally inclusive and respectful; a perfect place for an Acorn Deck House home.


Location History

The owners were devastated when their summer home was struck by lightning and burned down, but knew they wanted to rebuild. After staying in an Acorn Home rental and admiring its “solid” structure, the owners were intrigued by Acorn Deck House Company’s prefabrication process. Once their insurance claim was settled, the owners enlisted their architect, Glen Fontecchio, to collaborate with the Acorn Deck House team and create a unique, prefabricated home.


Talking with [Acorn Deck House Company] staff made me seriously consider using [this] firm, but what finally “clinched it” was that Acorn Deck House architect collaborations were encouraged… [It was a] happy collaboration. Glen Fontecchio worked with [Acorn Deck House’s] staff to design a home perfectly suited to our needs. Without a doubt, the final house is spectacular and really shows this dedication to the entire project.Joan R., Homeowner


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A stone path welcomes visitors to this stunning summer escape.


We had several goals with [this] home. First, we wanted to create a smaller scale approach from the drive that opened up to the expansive river views. The house was conceived of as a camp: two structures with sloped roofs linked by the open, glass living room and decks. The living room is the campground and campfire between two cabins… Acorn Deck House was very accommodating to our architectural goals, while providing feedback as to ways to improve the efficiency and affordability of the structure.Glen Fontecchio of Glen S. Fontecchio Architects

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Nestled amongst the trees and sea grass, this home acknowledges the traditional, seaside architecture normally found on the Rhode Island coast, but offers a contemporary twist.


Glen’s aesthetic sense and enthusiasm for the project helped create the most beautiful home! He was involved from inception to completion, and I think the final result reflects that involvement.Joan R., Homeowner

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The spacious, contemporary kitchen invites visitors to make themselves at home.


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The front entry welcomes visitors into a cozy living room and sitting area, which opens into the home’s cathedral kitchen and dining room.


My favorite aspect of the house is that as you approach the home, the views to the water open up. Nearly every room has a water view. The upper level master and roof decks have water views, both river and marsh in all directions.Glen Fontecchio of Glen S. Fontecchio Architects

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Unique decks expand the entertaining space even further and take advantage of the home’s breathtaking, panoramic water views.


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Acorn Deck House design staff provided an overview of the entire process, which is particularly helpful to novices like us.Joan R., Homeowner

Home Details

Square Footage: 2,675 finished, 1,900 unfinished

Bedrooms/Office: Four

Bathrooms: Four

Three-car garage 

Special Features:

  • Two roof decks
  • Private porch off master suite
  • Private porch off office
  • Unfinished, walkout basement
  • Detatched grill house/studio


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New Deck House and Acorn Home on the Intracoastal Waterway

Last month I was on a company photography trip that took me to two of our newest homes; a Deck House in Florida and an Acorn Home in North Carolina. Both homes are on the Intracoastal Waterway and have fantastic views but challenging lots. Great owners, creative designers and smart builders collaborated for these beautiful homes.


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Here are some of the original Project Manager notes:

  • ‘Heritage 9209’ plan as basis for design direction
  • Mirror image of plan (garage on left), as they prefer the open views on right hand side. Home to be parallel to river with garage angled to fit narrow building envelope (83 feet wide, max). House footprint will probably need to be reduced as well – great room is quite large, so perhaps can reduce. Will probably go with metal roof.
  • 5 Bedroom total (master, 2 @ second level and 2@ garage), plus upstairs “Bedroom 2” to be converted to ‘man cave’ with storage/WIC modified to be a kitchenette (cabinets/sink/small fridge/microwave)
  • 5 full and 1 – 1/2 baths. Eliminate ½ bath on right of entry and make bath with shower to left or right of deck to use as a ‘cabana bath’ (with entry from inside and outside).
  • Increase garage to 4 car with mother-in-law suite above for 90+ mother-in-law: 2 BD with connected bath in between and small kitchen (cabinets/sink/small fridge/microwave) and sitting room, if possible
  • Extend deck full length of back of house with windows/sliders full length of back (plan to build a pool in back/close to house)
  • House is in hurricane zone, so will require impact glass and extensive structural engineering review

 While building a home is a challenge in itself, these owners had to navigate the building timetable around an endangered turtle migration period! (Nice to have a prefabricated home where the timetable can be managed and changed easily.)

Square Footage:

4150 Living Area
1700 Garage, Porch, Deck Area





Special Features:

Mother-in-law apartment upstairs, 4 Door Garage with exposed beams, traditional Deck House ceilings with Acorn Wall and Stair/Railing finishes.

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North Carolina Acorn Home 9900

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Like many of our customers, these owners had a beautiful lot with some challenging code requirements. The house needed to be built 7′ above the natural grade, which is about 9′ above the creek. This necessitated the need for bottom level “breakaway” panels in case of rising tides, hurricane winds and storm surges. The Project Designer says the biggest design challenge was the 44′ maximum building width and how to get uninterrupted views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Recognizing that porches and decks would block the view out and down, the design solution was to create a series of glass corners in the living spaces to focus on the dramatic diagonal water view. Porches and decks shifted to the opposite side of the house where the view would not be affected.


Another interesting feature is that the house is designed so an elevator can be installed in case retirement offers some unexpected challenges. It never hurts to think ahead.

While Acorn Deck House Company can recommend builders in most locations, the owners were committed to utilizing the talents of a builder they were already comfortable with. Phil’s input was invaluable from beginning to end, and his creative solutions to some design changes were genius.

Square Footage: 2495 Living Area, 605 Porches, Deck and Lower Level Parking Area Deck

Bedrooms/Office: Four

Baths: Four

Special Features: Flood Zone for 7 Feet

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This is the third Acorn Home for this family! While many people will notice a lot of Deck House features, it is truly an Acorn.

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