201203hsp_017 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.

While the public-facing side of the house pays homage to the island’s past with its classical, symmetrical forms, the private side pays tribute to the island’s playful, relaxed, contemporary attributes of today. “We wanted to open up the back of the house to the views and incorporate lots of windows and transitional spaces to enjoy the outdoors in comfort,” says Matthew.

201203hsp_008 On the lower level, French doors lead to a loggia, creating the perfect spot to relax in the shade. The second floor offers a balcony accessed from three rooms through French doors. Beyond these transitional spaces, a bluestone terrace, in-ground pool, hot tub, and pool/guesthouse create the perfect summertime recreation spot. A safety fence for the pool is tucked into a hedge, so as not to disturb the view of the conservation land beyond.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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