Hutker Architects designs a getaway home full of rustic touches on a tranquil pond in Chilmark.

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Photography by Eric Roth

 When  Patrick Mahady began searching for a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, he was nearly set on purchasing a place in Edgartown when his real estate agent told him about a three-acre parcel on the opposite end of the island. A drive down the long winding dirt road to the site revealed a mix of open meadow, woodlands, and pond shoreline with views to a barrier beach beyond. Mahady was hooked. He bought the property and contacted Hutker Architects—a firm well known for its thoughtful approach to island homes—to design a place that would fit well into its rural setting.

“It’s a beautiful piece of property with southeast-facing pond views,” says Philip Regan, principal at Hutker Architects, who was the lead designer on the project along with project manager Matthew Cramer. Mahady wanted a home that would respect the landscape, the historical sensibilities, and aesthetic of Chilmark. He envisioned a camp cottage with views to the tranquil pond—a casual place where his two grown children could come and relax. “We wanted the home to appear as if it had always been there and grown over time,” says Regan. “The house doesn’t appear as one big box, but rather a series of additions to a central footprint.”

With the design team in place and local master builder Brian Smith on board, Patrick’s dream house was ready to take form.