After 30 years of visiting Martha’s Vineyard, a couple that owned a second home in Chilmark decided it was time to expand. The modest, semi-prefab house had striking views of the ocean, but was in serious need of updates. It had become cramped for the couple’s growing family that now included grandchildren.
Architect Moira Fitzgerald of MDF Architects in Oak Bluffs was hired to re-create the spaces for the 21st century—and one space that was in critical need of an update was the kitchen. “The couple wanted more space to entertain and cook when their children and grandchildren would visit,” says Fitzgerald. “And the house had become far too small to accommodate all the family at once.”
The house is considered an upside down house—living spaces such as the family room and kitchen are on the second floor, while bedrooms are located on the first floor. The existing kitchen was worn out and had a dated look—pink and turquoise were the dominant colors. It was rudimentary at best: A small space with limited prep or cooking space, and no real views.