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With their kids grown, a couple makes big changes to an old Nantucket cottage

With their kids grown, a couple makes big changes to an old Nantucket cottage

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Botticelli consulted with landscape architect Elisabeth O’Rourke about re-siting the residence because it was quite shut to the highway, and mentioned how the loved ones would navigate the residence and its outdoor dwelling spaces. These provided new included porches and a again patio. “You design a home based mostly on the way you live,” Botticelli suggests. “We believe about in which you park, exactly where you enter, and wherever the most effective views are.”

There is outdoor eating house on the protected porch at the back of the property,
together with an additional seating place on the patio with a fire desk.
jacob_SNAVELY/image styling by Frances Bailey

As island existence dictates, the spouse and children enters as a result of the mudroom about back. The front doorway, nevertheless, feeds into the central living place, which sets the tone of the residence. To maintain the home’s seaside cottage character when winterizing it, Botticelli built some vital swaps. Most considerably, after changing the original studs and flooring joists and incorporating insulation, the architect used the old studs to the new shiplap walls and ceilings. Then, the staff whitewashed the heck out of it all.

When it came to the furnishings, Janak began by picking out from what the couple previously experienced. In addition to objects that manufactured the transfer from their prior household, there have been pieces they had in storage, as effectively as midcentury contemporary pieces that they gathered in excess of the years. “It feels very good to reuse matters, and tends to make the home extra personal, so it didn’t seem like it was set alongside one another right away,” the designer suggests. She loaded in with some new parts, this kind of as the cozy sofas upholstered in beach front-friendly functionality material, and a espresso table from a Wyoming maker.

The family members considers a eating porch a important part of their island expertise.jacob snavely/photo styling by Frances Bailey

To accomplish an open up floor program, Botticelli relocated the staircase to a back corridor on the south end of the residence in close proximity to a guest suite. A cozy maple-lined research with an ocean view is tucked in front of it. The kitchen area is on the north aspect of the dwelling, along with an enclosed dining porch addition that was a best precedence for the family. This quintessential New England attribute features an ocean look at and a reclaimed wood ceiling. Beneath the rustic-meets-modern chandelier, Janak paired the couple’s vintage rosewood desk with their classic English chairs, channeling a generations-outdated vibe.

The house owners asked Botticelli to go more modern in the kitchen. Here, steel doors and darkish bronze components accent rift-sawn oak cabinetry, when a cell-model Ochre chandelier hangs in excess of the island. The baths skew modern, much too. “Their interiors are a hybrid of previous Nantucket seashore houses and a extra up to date aesthetic,” she says.

Botticelli reworked the second ground to incorporate 3 bedroom suites, plus a sitting place at the top of the stairs with a plush rose-coloured sofa and an oft-used file player. To imbue airiness and heritage, Botticelli executed far more architectural maneuvers. “We reproportioned the interior volumes of the bedrooms to build cathedral ceilings,” she claims. “Some adhere to the rooflines, other people are wrong slopes.” Like the ceiling in the dining area, they are lined with reclaimed wooden.

The homeowners are happily ensconced in their new old property on Nantucket, enjoying summertime rituals with longtime close friends and their 3 grown-and-flown small children who revisit the nest. “Buildings want to make feeling for today’s way of living,” Botticelli claims. “We updated this historic home so it can last a different 100-in addition a long time.”


Architect: Botticelli & Pohl Architects, botticelliandpohl.com

Inside Designer: Emily Janak Interiors, emilyjanak.com

Contractor: O’Connor Customized Builders, oconnorcustombuilders.com

Landscape Architect: Jardins Intercontinental, jardinsintl.com

More Photographs

Architect Lisa Botticelli involved an X-brace depth as portion of the fake open-stud remedy in the residing place. The rug is by Connecticut maker Elizabeth Eakins, a preferred of the homeowner.jacob snavely/image styling by Frances Bailey
In the kitchen, Fairfield County Millwork crafted the personalized cabinetry, which is paired with quartzite for the backsplash and counter tops.jacob snavely/photo styling by Frances Bailey
In a sitting down place subsequent to the kitchen, designer Emily Janak paired midcentury present day chairs with a beachy sisal rug and the family’s most loved couch from their prior house.jacob snavely/photograph styling by Frances Bailey
Reclaimed wooden on the bed room ceilings helps keep the outdated cottage feel.jacob snavely/photo styling by Frances Bailey

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