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The unassuming home seems born to the landscape. Lush plantings line a path to the front door, and boxwood frames the garden.
... welcome to modern Nantucket. This is the heart of the home, designed for cooking, gathering and entertaining. A central courtyard floods the place with light. A 12-inch beam wrapped in drywall adds to the feeling of entry and emphasizes the room's layers. And amid the clean, monochromatic setting come rustic touches from the family's playful collection of bowls (in the middle island and clear shelving) and antique weather vanes in the loft.
I understand this space is filled with sophisticated architecture, but for me, that rooster makes the room.
Three parallel island-like areas form an integrated kitchen-dining area, but clever built-ins hide everything that shouts "kitchen." Oven, micro, coffee maker, toaster, etc. hide away in the column at the end of the open shelving. "You don't really feel like you're in the kitchen," Kotchen says. "You just feel like you're in the space."
Three fiberglass mesh Non Random Lights float bubble-like above a custom walnut table. The lights add to the home's open transparent feel and create a welcoming space at the table.
Go through that door straight ahead into the family/media room. Hang a left and you're in a sunroom. The neat unit tucked into the kitchen wall holds a home desk work area. Cove lighting fills in where the windows leave off.
The far island is outfitted with two sinks for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Upper shelves allow light to come in from the central courtyard.
The 1.25" countertops are Marron Cohiba granite, the faucets stainless steel from Dornbracht.
Here we are on another side framing the courtyard. It's a reading lounge atop a garage tucked into part of the hill. The designers left the framing of the building open and painted it a blue-green that changes with the light. That's the kitchen across the way.
A ship's ladder leads to a play loft. And in those cubbies to the left ...
... antique toys from the family's collection. Kotchen and crew measured every piece to customize the Mondrian-inspired millwork and painted the backs in shades of lime green and purple.
Back outside, deep green window framing gives the white cedar shingles a warm, modern feel.
On this east face of the home, two doors open from the central dining space onto 1.5 acres of rolling landscape that starts with a manicured lawn and ends in native brush and trees.
Product team: Andrew Kotchen, Matthew Berman, James Krapp, Brook Quach, Darci Hether and Matt Hilyard. Landscape by Wingworks. Photography: T.G. Olcott.
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