Ocean Home

Oct/Nov 2015

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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44 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | O c t o b e r + N ov e m b e r 2 0 1 5 PHOTOGRAPHS BY WARREN JAGGER V ast swaths of Nantucket are covered with moors and low scrub oak that form a wild, evocative landscape unique to this windswept island 30 miles off the Mass. coast. In an area where this kind of dense vegetation borders one of the island's exquisite beaches, a white shell lane leads to a courtyard composed of a cluster of buildings. ere is a small guest cottage, a tiny shed that now serves as a shaded seating area and bar, and a two-story gambrel-roofed main house that opens to the drive from a central section flanked by two wings. All are clad with the island's signature silver-grey cedar shingles. e main house is sweetly traditional – there is even a widow's walk on the bell-shaped roof. Deep porches encircle the seaward-facing rear and sides, while the double-hung, six-over-six windows are adorned with glossy forest green shutters. is is Nantucket architecture at its Neoclassical best – unassuming, mindful of the island's history and blending gracefully into the surrounding vegetation. e water-facing side of the main house, however, has a more outspoken personality. French doors open onto upstairs decks to take in glorious water views that are obscured by vegetation on the first floor. But the biggest revelation is inside, where a high-tech, modern home serves as a family getaway with interiors inverted to maximize the ocean views. But easy as it looks, it was a challenging project. "Designing a new house on Nantucket is like designing in a straightjacket," smiles Mark Finlay, AIA (MPFA), the Southport, Conn., architect responsible for the main house and its integration with the previously standing guest cottage and shed. "On Nantucket, we have to build brand-new old houses." MASTER CRAFTSMAN ARCHITECT MARK FINLAY DESIGNS A MASTERFUL HOME ON NANTUCKET TO RIGID BUILDING CODES words by Regina Cole House rules This alluring home on Nantucket meets the island's rigorous building regulations while delivering its owners a stunning oceanfront retreat. Coasting M A R K F I N L AY

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