An Island Getaway - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

An Island Getaway

Two Canadian designers create their own getaway home honoring Nantucket’s history, yet showcasing the island’s natural beauty.

Photo by Eric Roth

Photo by Eric Roth

After just one visit to Nantucket, Darren Sukonick and Matthew Sapera fell in love with the island’s seafaring history, quiet windswept beauty, and pure architectural forms. So much so that they decided to draw upon their home design talents—both are designers for Matthew Sapera Fine Homes in Toronto—and build a getaway home for themselves.

Photo by Eric Roth

Photo by Eric Roth

After finding two-and-a-half acres just minutes from town surrounded by conservation land, the duo began designing a home that would reflect the historical context of the island. “We wanted to design something respectful of Nantucket with an old New England vernacular,” says Darren.

The pair designed a New England five-bay Colonial with wings on each side. The details of the front of the house follow the vernacular forms of Nantucket: classic six-over-six double hung windows, a Federal-style entryway with sidelights and transom, shingle-clad siding, and a substantial widow’s walk—a quintessential design feature found on many 18th- and 19th-century homes on the island. “We like to create a fictional timeline when designing homes to make it appear as if the house has grown over time, as many old houses do,” says Darren.

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