In addition to Grace Memorial Chapel, the tour will showcase eight private residences, including Lauren Huyett’s home on Westminster Road. As a child, Huyett visited her best friend, who summered in Menauhant. “I was terribly jealous,” she recalls. By the time she was married with five children, she and her husband had their own home in Menauhant. After outgrowing a cottage they’d purchased in 1998, Huyett, a Concord, Massachusetts-based interior designer, and her husband leaped at the opportunity to buy their current 1910 bungalow.
The home had lovely bones, but was dark and too cramped to comfortably accommodate their five children for the long haul. Renovating was essential, but it had to be done carefully, says Huyett, who hired architect Elise Stone to maintain the lines of the house. “We didn’t want it to look like anything had been added on to the house,” Huyett explains. Space was added on one side of the house to expand the kitchen and family room, creating a mudroom, laundry area, and an office out of an awkward back bedroom. A master suite was created, along with an additional second-story bedroom.
To bring in light, several motley windows were replaced with new designs in a consistent style, and aged dark bead board was painted bright white. The new floors were matched using old barn wood throughout. “We’re surrounded in the neighborhood by members of the family who owned the house, and we really wanted them to be happy with the renovation,” says Huyett. “They all loved what we did to the house, and that really makes us feel good.”
A new home designed by Hutker Architects, the striking residence on Zell Street can be seen, says project architect, Kevin Schreur, as a contemporary rendition of the older beach houses that defined the Menauhant community. “Floor spaces entertain all the activities of living on the waterfront, with an openness that expands the spaces to outside decks and the waterfront beyond,” he says. “In contrast, the second floor is meant to accommodate individually contained spaces, providing areas of privacy separate from the active bustle below.”
The exterior is clad with white cedar shingles, while red cedar boards were used for window trim and accent surfaces. Sited directly on Bournes Pond, the house was oriented to capture the view from every possible outlook. A back deck is shaded by a pergola suspended from the home with stainless steel tension rods.
“The angled slats let you view up and out from within the great room, a more open gesture than would have been provided by a solid shade structure,” says Schreur. An adjacent porch is screened-in, a common attribute of 20th century summer homes. Nearly 10-foot-high ceilings in main living spaces accommodate oversized windows with transoms and doors that soar from the floor. The best view, however, is seen from the second floor master bedroom, which, with its long hall of built-in cabinetry and exclusive access to a third floor office area, is, a true retreat.