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2018 Idea House Opening Celebration!

Join us on Saturday, September 8th to see our work, tour a one-of-a-kind coastal home, meet This Old House TV crew members, and view a group exhibition from leading Rhode Island artists.

Together with This Old House and our project partners at Sweenor Builders, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design and Landscape Creations, we're excited to invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of the 2018 Idea House in Narragansett, RI on Saturday, 9/8 from Noon to 4PM.

The celebration will allow visitors to tour the home for a firsthand look at new innovations in custom coastal home building and interior design. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Free parking and a shuttle service will be provided from the Pier Middle School at 235 South Pier Road to account for limited parking in the neighborhood.

A Celebration with Local Flair

As part of the celebration, we are pleased to present a group art exhibition from leading Rhode Island artists. Working in collaboration with Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design of Newport, signature pieces have been incorporated throughout the home’s décor from artists including Kevin Gilmore, EA Kahane, Anne Mimi Sammis and many more. For fans of the area’s culinary accomplishments, the event will feature local food and beverages including clam cakes and chowder from nearby Monahan’s Clam Shack & Restaurant.

Showcase Spaces

Constructed by Sweenor Builders, the 2,700-square-foot main house plus semi-detached garage with guest suite has classic Craftsman-style curb appeal and thoroughly modern looks inside. Located in the heart of Narragansett’s Historic District and less than a mile from the town beach, it epitomizes what buyers are looking for today: a modestly sized home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood, standout details in every room, plenty of bespoke built-ins, and multiple entertaining spaces including an easy-care backyard with luxury amenities designed for “staycation” living. Standout features include:

  • Open floor-plan great room with soaring, trussed ceiling

  • Expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry

  • Screened-in porch

  • 2 master ensuites, plus 2 more bedrooms

  • Guest quarters over 2-car garage

  • 4 ½ bathrooms

  • 2 laundry rooms (1st and 2nd floors)

  • Patio, pergola swing, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, plunge pool

  • Home theater and gym with sauna

About the Project

This Old House announced the project location this past spring, along with the team that includes Sweenor Builders, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, Graceke Design, and Landscape Creations of Rhode Island. This fourth annual TOH Idea House will be unveiled in the November/December issue of This Old House Magazine and in several segments of the 2018/2019 season of the Emmy Award-winning TV series This Old House premiering on PBS this October. A webcam has been capturing the construction process, along with galleries and videos on, and a sneak preview story will run in the October issue of This Old House magazine.


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