DESIGN+BUILD

Aquidneck collaborated with award-winning Estes/ Twombly on this retreat, drawing inspiration from the traditional New England farmhouse. Perched atop four protected acres, Swede Hill House takes in the grand panoramas of Long Island Sound. The project is among the first in the state to register under the LEED for Homes program and will be seeking certification at Gold level.

AIAri Honor Award, 2013

RESTORE+MANAGE

Extensive restoration of an 18th century oceanfront colonial farmhouse in the Village of Padanaram, MA. The owner said it best, "We took the building and gave it a reserved elegance".

DESIGN+BUILD

Chartwell was designed and built in the time-honored Newport shingle style. With breathtaking views of the Sakonnet River, this exclusive compound was commissioned by a private client seeking the quintessential Newport lifestyle.

DESIGN+BUILD

Eastwell House is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary style. Setting was a vital component for this design+build project, surrounded by conservation land within a 72-acre saltwater farm in Portsmouth, RI. Farmlands was the recipient of the 'Outstanding Residential Development Award' from the American Planning Association.

RESTORE+MANAGE

Recipient of an AIA honor Award, the Schnabel House is one of 25 homes honored alongside Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater & Mies van Her Rohe's Farnsworth House in the extraordinary new book Living Architecture: Greatest American Houses Of The 20th Century.

DESIGN+BUILD

Aquidneck collaborated with award-winning Estes/ Twombly on this retreat, drawing inspiration from the traditional New England farmhouse. Perched atop four protected acres, Swede Hill House takes in the grand panoramas of Long Island Sound. The project is among the first in the state to register under the LEED for Homes program and will be seeking certification at Gold level.

DESIGN+BUILD

Aquidneck Properties is delighted to announce our latest project 'Serenity Villa'. A private, six-acre beachfront estate set on the award-winning private island of Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Under construction

LA Times

To some design aficionados, altering landmark architecture can be as perverse as painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa; any departure from the original tampers with its integrity.
Frank Gehry, not surprisingly, takes a contrarian view. �I don�t have a compulsion to preserve things like that,� the architect said. �People have to live in buildings. You have to roll with the changes. To get locked into a straitjacket of design seems to me counterproductive to one�s life.�

Providence Journal

Luxury home developer Nick Downes, of Middletown, says that from now on, all of his projects will be designed to meet LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specifications, a set of standards formed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Downes, whose firm builds just one house a year, said he believes that green design will trump more traditional symbols of status such as sheer size and the liberal application of luxury materials to become the new cachet in the luxury market.

LEED Chapter Profile

In 2008 Estes/Twombly Architects was hired by RI Design+Build firm Aquidneck Properties to design a 3000 SF single family home for a site on Block Island (New Shoreham), RI. Perched atop a hill on four protected acres, Swede Hill House will take in grand panoramas of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Residential Architect

Over the years, Estes/Twombly Architects has designed plenty of environmentally friendly houses. Cross-ventilation, managed stormwater runoff, and natural materials are part of every project that comes out of its Newport, R.I., office. But the architects had never gone through the LEED certification process�until they started designing a Block Island, R.I., home for developer Nick Downes.

The Block Island Times

A house proposed for a location on Dunn Town Road could become the island�s first officially certified �green� building if constructed. Nick and Karyn Downes are planning a L-shaped home with a guest cottage that would meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It would be the first island building certified under LEED, Building Official Marc Tillson said this week�

Southern New England Home

A new home represents these potentials and more�it can blend yet call attention; nod to history yet start a trend. Thoughtful design answers questions while posing more and follows guidelines while breaking rules and forming new ones. No matter how time-honored the outcome, the process is cutting edge. Aquidneck Fine Properties experienced this push and pull of traditional design, spurring new aesthetics in the construction of Eastwell House in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. �When designing the house, we wanted to achieve a classic New England home with a fresh, contemporary style,� says Nick Downes, vice president of the Newport-based company specializing in luxury real estate and estate management�

Fine Homes International

Aquidneck Fine Properties� Eastwell House appeared on the cover of the August 2009 issue of IDS Interior Design and Space Magazine. Eastwell House is a 5700+ sq. ft newly built shingle style home, set on 3 acres located within Farmlands, a 64 acre protected estate overlooking the Sakonnet Bay. This 12-room home features four fireplaces, 7 sets of French doors, 1,700 sq.ft. of bluestone terraces, state-of-the- art kitchen & carriage house with guest suite, garage and boat bay�

New Old House

No one is more particular about a kitchen layout than an experienced cook, which is why Audrey Anderson worked closely with clients Nick and Karyn Downes to design this kitchen for a Shingle-style house on the coast of Rhode Island. As a private chef with ten years of experience who has traveled all over the world, Karyn knows too well what makes a kitchen user-friendly�

Alternative Consumer

Though probably out of most folks� price range, this 3,000 square foot home does show where luxury green building can take us. The Swede Hill home, to be designed and built by Aquidneck Properties, looks like it packs a design punch worthy of its beautiful Block Island, RI location. The project is scheduled to break ground in the spring and will be ambitiously seeking LEED H Gold certification�

Luxury Lifestyle

Newport, Rhode Island based design+build firm Aquidneck Fine Properties and award-winning architects Estes/Twombly collaborated on the project that promises to stand as a shining example of sophisticated coastal living. The low-profile four- bedroom home and separate guest suite with rooftop solar panels boast elegant spaces complemented by pristine natural surroundings. Clad in white cedar shingles, indigenous stone and copper, Swede Hill House draws inspiration from the traditional�

International Business Times

Luxury Real Estate: Perched atop a hill on four protected acres on Block Island, Swede Hill House takes in grand panoramas of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The 3,000-square foot home is among the first in Rhode Island to register under the LEED for Homes program and is seeking silver certification from the United States Green Building Council�

Jetson Green

Design/build firm Aquidneck Fine Properties is getting ready for their next project called Swede Hill. Designed by Estes/Twombly, the green home will be planted on an incredible patch of oceanfront land on Block Island, Rhode Island. Aquidneck is seeking LEED Silver for the 3000 square foot home, which will be complete a little over a year from now. I thought it would be nice to preview Swede Hill, since many of our readers favor the less modern of green homes. In any event, here are some of the planned green features�

Just Luxe

� Clad in white cedar shingles, indigenous stone and copper, Swede Hill House draws inspiration from the traditional New England farmhouse vernacular and features connected sheds and a barn wrapped around a courtyard. The living room, dining room and gourmet kitchen invite casual living and stylish entertaining�

Green Building - NYC

The Swede Hill House comes to us from Newport, Rhode Island-based design- builders Aquidneck Properties. Designed by architects Estes/Twombly, also of Newport, the 3000-square-foot home will be located on four protected acres of Block Island, which is just off the coast of Rhode Island and east of Montauk Point. The house is situated, as you might have guessed, on a hill that faces both south and west, providing spectacular ocean views back towards Montauk�

Luxuo

�the house itself offers four bedrooms (plus a guest suite, on top of which solar panels will be installed) and is being offered as a single-family residence. Green design features include solar-heated domestic hot water and fifteen percent of all interior heat; the house�s swimming pool is also solar-powered�

Newport Shingle Style

Eastwell House presides on a parcel surrounded by acres of horse pastures, equestrian trails, vineyards and fruit orchards that extend to the rocky shores of the Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Although the home closely resembles a century-old gentlemen�s farm, the Single Style residence was built in 2006. Englishman and real estate developer Nick Downes collaborated with Rhode Island architect Paul Burke to design a home that blends time honored New England style with contemporary amenities�

Living Architecture

Frank Gehry's Schnabel House was recently featured in Assouline's Living Architecture Greatest American Houses of the 20th Century. Aquidneck Properties completed an extensive restoration property of this magnificent property located in Brentwood, California.

SWEDE HILL

Block Island, RI

FRANK GEHRY’S SCHNABEL HOUSE

Brentwood, CA

RICKETSON’S POINT

South Dartmouth, MA

CHARTWELL

Newport, RI

EASTWELL HOUSE AT FARMLANDS

Portsmouth, RI

SERENITY VILLA

Turks and Caicos, RI
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