June 21, 2016
Edgartown Village Historic District, MA
Though newly constructed, this white-clapboard-fronted village home sensitively recalls Edgartown’s Greek Revival style, seamlessly slipping into the scale and character of its surroundings. The charm and romance of its brick sidewalks and driveway, white picket fence, window boxes, green shutters, and wood roof easily blend with the village vernacular.
Careful and creative siting allowed the clients’ large family compound to fit on just over a quarter of an acre, even though it comprises a main house featuring a covered porch, a carriage house for two cars and entertaining space, a pool and cabana, and a guest house. Most all of it is hidden from public view.
A glass-enclosed mudroom-porch at the home’s center serves as a focal point and hub, connecting the in- and outdoors. It provides easy access to the backyard through a covered bluestone porch with a stone fireplace and copper skylight. A pool and hot tub lie beyond, bookended by a guesthouse and a cabana with outdoor showers.
Nods to the owners’ passion for fishing include a variety of nautical details, all carefully and subtly deployed. Teak and holly flooring recall Hinckley yachts, as does the use of the boat maker’s signature blue. In the kitchen, maritime hardware and custom cabinetry suggest the look of the galley of a luxurious motor yacht.