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A Trinity of Trust

Living room of Falmouth Heights home by John Dvorsack and M. Duffany Builders

The comfortable living room quietly shares its space with the adjoining kitchen and dining room.

One of those things that sprung from Dvorsack’s fertile imagination is immediately presented upon approaching the home. A long driveway, culminating in a circular car court, positions visitors so that they can see Martha’s Vineyard across Vineyard Sound, framed by an arched breezeway separating the garage from the home. It is as if you were looking through a spyglass and sighting a distant treasure. A carved black and gold quarterboard aptly announces the home, “Vineyard View.” While visitors may not feel that they have been manipulated to gasp and take in the view, in fact deliberate planning put them exactly where the architect’s vision wanted them. Dvorsack, who doesn’t seem to do much by accident, says, “I wanted to have the effect that when you are pulling in the driveway, you would be focused on seeing the Vineyard. That was important to me, so we lined up the driveway and the center island on that opening.”

A sweep of a laid stone landing beckons guests up the wide stairs to a columned landing of the gambrel-roofed, cottage-style home. Once inside, the light and fresh interiors in softly muted shades of sand and sky blue give the illusion of standing on a beach as the water view stretches out for miles and miles. Dvorsack says that most of his clients prefer a first floor master en suite, which dictates much about the main floor of the home. “The floor plan becomes kind of stretched out, parallel to the water, allowing for every room to take advantage of the view, and that’s what really drives the shape of the house,” he explains. In addition to the floor plan maximizing the relationship with the view, the windows—cottage style, six-over-one by Andersen—not only subliminally suggest the style of the home, but as Dvorsack explains, they deliberately facilitate an unobstructed view, tailor-made for the homeowners. “This unbelievable view doesn’t want windows with any grills in them at all,” he says. “The way we resolve that is we put the check rail (the bottom of the top sash of a double-hung window) above the homeowners’ eyeline, so they are looking under the grills.” When asked how he knows the height of his client’s eyeline, he matter-of-factly says, “Oh, it’s one of the first things I determine when I meet with a couple. In fact it is always noted in the margin of my drawings so I am continually trying to imagine things from their perspective.”

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