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This home on Edgartown’s Katama Bay is as beautiful as its surroundings

Katama Bay is much more than a simple pond, and homes above its shores have luxury box seats from which to observe Nature’s ongoing show. The speed of the action on screen may be more in line with an Andy Warhol film than with the latest installment of “John Wick,” but over time, the drama unfolds in its entirety. Based on the cycle, the inciting moment when the ocean breaks through at Norton Point should occur soon and bring this current act to a close. The number of years in the cycle clip past on a generational scale, so a grandmother living here might see the Katama Bay Inlet migrate five or six times before her first grandchild reaches adulthood. In designing one particular house here, Hutker Architects drew upon both factors to create a home that offers much of the dynamic potential of the bay and allows for its owners and their family to blossom for generations to come.

Project Principal, Phil Regan, who has been in Hutker’s Vineyard Haven office for 30 years since graduating from college, says the “two big ideas” they presented to the client involved repositioning the driveway so the approaach to the house presented differently. “So often clients say they wish they could move their house—a major undertaking,” Regan explains. “But many times we suggest changing the driveway, a much easier and affordable option that can make a big difference.” The other big idea involved creating a higher grade that would offer expansive views to the southeast. 

Regan, a Vineyard native, notes that the Katama sands are not the only shift the island has recently experienced. “The change in architecture across the Vineyard has had a profound influence. Houses are being replaced, money and resources are being introduced. It is definitely a changing landscape, not only the sand on its edges, but the island as a whole is changing pretty dramatically.

“Over the years, we have recognized as a group, what we want to do most is create homes that feel comfortable here. That can still be a house with a lot of square footage if you treat it differently, by quieting it down with a smaller collection of independent structures. Those structures look familiar to some of the old camps, cottages and barns that might have been here at one time. How we include a modern interpretation of what might have been traditional forms, scale and architecture is what we are after. If you look at our work, there is a theme, and the theme is based upon what looks like it has always belonged here.”

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