Eel Pond Compound

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Designed to capitalize on its setting overlooking Eel Pond and the ocean beyond, this property consists of an entirely renovated existing element and three new ones. The reimagined piece is the main house, while its adjacent carriage house, including the ninety-foot-long swimming pool and an artist’s studio/cabana, is new.

The main house, formerly an unremarkable 1970s building, now stands as a Cape Cod–style cottage that could have had its origins in the early twentieth century, with extensions added over time. The main house and the carriage house owe their timeless charm to their gabled roofs, shingled exteriors, operable shutters, and six-over-six windows.

By the water, the poolside artist’s studio/cabana is something of a folly, albeit one with two very real uses. It borrows its tall, dormer-less pitched roof from the Edgartown Yacht Club, built in 1928, and its wavy wood-shake cladding and oversailing details speak to the whimsy of the shingle style.

The cabana’s lofted studio enjoys wonderful northern light from large windows facing Eel Pond, and the building’s overall verticality and fenestration make it feel like a beacon at the edge of the property. Like the pool, it takes advantage of long views over protected marshland to the pond and ocean.