Polhemus Savery DaSilva revamps iconic Chatham home
Without expanding the home’s footprint, PSD created a more open and flowing floor plan that welcomes light and view. Walls that had enclosed the central entry hall were removed, exposing the stairway behind them. DaSilva designed a set of three whimsical Greek columns that now define the stairway as its own space. DaSilva explains that the column capitals, made out of flat cutout boards and grooves, are a playful seaside reinterpretation of ancient Greek architecture.
“Like the arbor, the columns provide a classical pavilion character, which is appropriate for a traditional old house,” DaSilva says, “but they are abstract, less formal, and more fun by design.”
Off the stairway, one finds a new dining room in a space previously used as a study. The room features new French doors leading out to the terrace as well as an original fireplace, one of five refurbished fireplaces located throughout the home. The dining room opens up to the hall and a new kitchen that extends into a new family room—converted from the old dining room—which overlooks the harbor from the northeast to the southeast. To create this connected, open space, which also includes an informal dining area that is surrounded by windows, PSD removed the butler’s pantry, which had been blocking off the view.
On both the first and second floors of the home, PSD also replaced all of the water-facing windows with larger windows that stretch across the back of the house. As part of the new master suite on the second floor (the former master bedroom on the southwest corner is now a guest suite), the team also created a new bay window that offers a panoramic view of the harbor from the bedroom. “With the changing nature of the harbor, it’s always a different picture looking out on the water,” Bonnie says. “The view is everything.”
The view provided endless inspiration for Denise Maurer, a New York interior designer who has collaborated with Bonnie Daggett on several home projects. “We took our cues from everything we saw outside those windows and then just brought it inside,” Maurer says. This involved color, and lots of it. Knowing that Bonnie loves color, too, Maurer says she had the freedom to play with a seaside palette throughout the interior to transform the house into the bright, happy home the team envisioned.
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