The design team also wanted to create transparency between the indoors and outdoors. Introducing porches—both opened and screened—was key to this aesthetic. A screened porch off the open kitchen and dining area is a wonderful place to take in the views. There is also a covered porch just off the living room.
Regan and Cramer also blur the lines between inside and outside through the use of windows. Bands of shed dormers flood the kitchen and dining space with natural light, while a set of French doors flanked by two pairs of double-hung windows opens the cooking and dining spaces to the pond views. “Because the kitchen and dining areas are completely open, you don’t have obstructed views from any point in that space,” notes Regan. The living room also has a set of French doors, and a large half-moon casement window opens the master bedroom to the same serene views.
In addition to the exterior features, Regan and Cramer added traditional Cape touches to the interiors in the form of beadboard, fieldstone fireplaces, and traditional trim. Interior designer Liz Stiving-Nichols put the finishing touches on the design. “We used a traditional color palette in the home along with natural and reclaimed materials,” says Stiving-Nichols. “We finished the kitchen, dining, and living room in salvaged heart pine stained a warm honey.” After soapstone proved unavailable for the kitchen counter surface, Stiving-Nichols and Mahady chose honed granite for the center island and wood for the perimeter countertops. The backsplash tile evokes the sandy shores surrounding Martha’s Vineyard. The cabinetry has simple flat recessed panel doors with a two-inch reveal. Bronzed bin pulls further the traditional charm.
“We finished the screened porch with a tongue-and-groove bead board ceiling, which is a classic finish in a camp such as this one,” notes Stiving-Nichols. “Every element in the house takes into consideration the natural surroundings: the light, the water, the barrier beach, the meadow. The finished abode is a relaxed organic space for the homeowner to enjoy for years to come.”
Nancy Berry is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Cape Cod Home.
She lives in Yarmouthport.