The historic mid-19th-century brick cape was restored while a new, Japanese-inspired, timber-frame addition created open, contemporary living space that relates sympathetically to the original structure. The site was re-planned with a new garage and apartment replacing an awkwardly placed barn and shop building. The resulting composition allows the ongoing creation of a garden and adjacent inground pool. The main living spaces have extensive views of the Ottaquechee River and adjacent covered bridge, with changing light from the southern exposure. The interior blends New England wood species with Japanese detailing for a richly textured living space. Highly insulated structural wall panels permit the generous use of windows while maintaining excellent energy performance.