Island House (2006)

Island House (2006)

Marthas Vineyard is a place I love very much and where my grandfather built a very simple rustically designed but masterfully built home close to the on the ocean. It has withstood numerous hurricanes and 100 MPH + winds. The doors were all heavy oak with bronze hardware and some of the most intricate weather stripping I ever saw. There were large overhangs or the picture windows and the place felt like a fortress. The floor plan was awkward but the materials and execution were impressive. With these memories as partial inspiration, I built a four seasons house set back a safe distance from the water but using a variety of modern oversized and high quality materials. I selected a copper roof coated with a tin/zinc alloy that should last forever. I framed the house with 2’x12’ lumber so that I could recess the windows and have better insulation in the wall and hide duct work for air conditioning and specified cedar shingles with a small 4” inch reveal instead of the usual 5’ or 6” for longer life and less curling. The breezeway support columns are granite. There is extensive dry pack stonework done entirely without the use of mortar. All of the windows were fabricated from magnificent Tahitian plantation mahogany. Walls are natural plaster, the ceiling hardwood and the floor concrete; the house has no painted surfaces. The design architect was Erica Severns of McEachron Architects working with local Marthas Vineyard architect Peter Breese. The house was built by Keith Estes of Baumhoffer Builders Inc.

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