To further enhance the organic nature of this New England-inspired farmhouse, Regan incorporated a fieldstone foundation, weathered cedar shingles mixed with V-groove boards, copper roofing, and double-hung windows. A massive fieldstone fireplace takes center stage of the great room. “The fireplace is the heart of the public space—much like it would have been in a traditional New England saltbox or Cape,” says Regan. A design element that promotes a more contemporary feel is the configuration of windows—large fixed windows as well as banks of windows take in the views, natural light, and Vineyard breezes.

“We used a mix of awning and double-hung windows throughout the project,” notes Regan. An arch design at the top of the gables is a playful contemporary motif rooted in the shape of historical barn structures. “We wanted to create fresh lines to the structure to keep a 21st-century feel. We also created two walkways to the house, working with landscape architect Kristen Reimann and Landscope.” A formal linear bluestone walkway in the shape of a “t” leads to the front door entrance, the meadow, and an outdoor sitting area, while an informal granite fieldstone path meanders to a porch with an outdoor shower and mudroom entrance.

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Since this is a summerhouse, the outdoor spaces were important to the overall design. Along with the bluestone sitting area equipped with a massive fieldstone fireplace and pergola to frame the space, garage barn doors slide open to reveal an outdoor kitchen complete with grill and refrigerator. A dining area sits adjacent to the outdoor kitchen. “Enclosing the kitchen behind the barn doors keeps the kitchen protected during winter months,” Regan says.

Other outdoor spaces include both an open porch accessed from the great room as well as a screened porch accessed from the dining area. The porches flank the great room space, but do not diminish views, light, or breezes as windows are found on both sides. “Because we incorporated interior windows in the screened porch and left an interior wall of shingles, it appears as if the screened porch was added to the structure at a later date,” Regan notes. The garden spaces surrounding the house feature low-maintenance indigenous plants—native grasses mimic the meadow beyond the yard.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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