A celebration of nature
For the homeowners, it’s a place to call their own after five summers of renting and hopscotching across the Vineyard. “We were like the family in Make Way for Ducklings—maybe here will work, or there, until we saw this piece of land, and then my husband and I knew,” the wife and mother of two recalls. But before they found the land, the couple had already set their sights on the architect of one of their favorite island eateries, State Road. Enter Chuck Sullivan, who, the wife says, immediately understood the homeowners’ desire to maximize views and light, and knew how to work with the beauty of the natural landscape.
Adopting the mantra “In trusses we trust,” both architect and clients agreed on a series of open beams and trusses of reclaimed heart pine timber, punctuated by metal braces—all elements whitewashed—that vertically lift and extend an otherwise horizontally oriented great room. This architectural element repeats in every room, including the screened-in porch, as a unifying theme.
Twin sets of triangular peekaboo windows—“intended,” Sullivan explains, “to capture additional light and to complement the scale of the room”—bookend the great room. On one end, two triangles of light, like trimmed tea sandwiches, sit above the wife’s dream kitchen, a space that provides all the necessities with a sense of humbleness. Open shelving designed for use, not show, is set against Moroccan tiles. An island of white polished marble, ringed by custom cabinets by Vermont Cabinetry, serves a dual purpose as gathering spot and food prepping hub.
“The simplicity and quiet design of the kitchen works well in tandem with the closed-cupboard pantry and adjacent wet bar that provide ample storage,” says Sullivan. A rough hewn-walled wine cellar (think cava) is tucked smartly away on the ground floor to protect its bottled elixirs from the abundant sunshine.
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