January 1, 2011
Edgartown Harbor Makeover
This house began as an inward-oriented white-vinyl-clad waterfront residence from 1935, whose owners had made it their summer home for decades. They wanted to enhance it, adding character, a new kitchen, family room, his-and-hers master baths, and a lower level. This broad scope expanded after early work revealed walls comprised of plastered-over cinderblock throughout the house.
"When I walked into the house last week... for the first time (and every time thereafter), I was simply overwhelmed by the transformation. EVERYTHING has far exceeded my wildest hopes and expectations."- Homeowner
Zoning rules prevented rebuilding at the home’s existing location, so complete demolition wasn’t considered. Instead, every wall was replaced to prevent the house from collapsing, with a new structure of steel beams supporting wood-frame walls. This led to new opportunities, such as the creation of a grand, curving open stair.
Today, as one approaches, the house reveals itself in sections, masking its true scale, and one enters through a door on the welcoming façade, rather than the previous side access. The interior feels expansive but still intimate thanks to a new open floor plan that is conducive to indoor-outdoor living.
"Patrick’s superb eye and attention to detail is unparalleled! All of the architectural elements are perfect and we are deeply appreciative of all the time and efforts he has expended on our behalf."- Homeowner
The waterside of the home offers an elegantly curving covered porch off the great room, as well as two spacious second-floor decks, which are accessed from bedrooms above; all take advantage of the wonderful water views. The porch leads to a generous lawn culminating in a deck over the harbor.
"We feel very fortunate to have worked with Patrick, and the end product is a great testimony to their excellence. They have made "Summerhill" a very special spot ... to be enjoyed for, hopefully, many years to come!"- Homeowner
“[Patrick] is a wonderful asset to the town of Edgartown, and we are proud to be a small part of the "Ahearn architectural family."- Homeowner