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

Design/project manager Greg Ehrman notes that one philosophy of Hutker Architects is to employ a “new regional vernacular” in their design, taking cues and hints from a place to try to capture its particular language. In the Katama Bay home, Ehrman, the homeowners, and the entire project team worked to express some unique qualities. “We tried to think intergenerationally,” says Ehrman. “The owners were thinking in terms of their children and their development. Ten years from now, the children might be in college; 10 years after that, they might bring families of their own home for vacation here.” Driven in part by this concept, Hutker Architects designed the house to have two wings. “Mom and Dad can occupy one wing, while the other wing is available for the rest of the family,” says Ehrman. From the master bedroom suite on the left side of the house, a living room, dining room and kitchen create circulation and flow into the family wing. The layout also allows the home to feel intimate and small or to feel more expansive when needed. Ehrman concludes: “You don’t end up with one large house. Instead, it’s segmented, which fits with the Yankee tradition of being built over time.” 

Additionally, the character of the Katama Bay home relies heavily upon the juxtaposition of traditional and modern elements. An elegant, formal entry pavilion features a stone wall and a walkway of wide granite rectangular blocks leading to a white clapboard facade that creates an homage to a classic cottage. However, instead of a simple doorway, large windows set in a heavy slate-colored frame provide welcome. From the motor court, one can see straight through the entrance, through the dining room, and out to the view beyond. Flanking the cottage section are walls of vertical cedar planking that announce the multifaceted quality of the house. Ehrman says, “It’s down in a pine forest, one of just two houses on a long dirt road in the outwash plain of Katama Bay, yet it keeps one foot clearly in the village of Edgartown.”

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