Salt Marsh is a wonderful coastal renovation + addition project, overlooking protected marshes near the sea. As a summer home, it was important to phase construction work so our wonderful clients could vacation relatively undisturbed with family and friends.
The upstairs spaces and new first floor master suite are complete. Phase 3 is now well underway, and includes expansion of the original living room, as well as new kitchen, dining room, screen porch, mudroom, laundry/bath, and separate outdoor shower for guests.
The in-progress screen porch offers a glimpse of the planking that will be on many interior walls and ceilings.
The floor is bluestone. Mature trees will be joined by stone walls on the property.
I envisioned the kitchen design as originating from shipbuilding traditions, with its marine teak & holly accent countertops, white planked walls and ceiling, and island pendant lights that remind me of sailing masts
(Darryl Carter for Urban Electric).
A french La Cornue range will be topped with a custom designed hood.
Windows that flank the range will be lit from above by Thomas O'Brien's Academy Map Lights.
The new gable roof, triple-window dormer and wall of sliding french doors dramatically expand the future kitchen space. A 12' island will run down the center, under an exposed teak ridge beam above.
The right wall will have range centered, flanked by drawer banks with teak & holly counters under windows, and then floor-to-ceiling cabinetry hiding refrigerator/freezer and storage at the ends.
Walk-in pantry, far right, will be entered through a pair of planked porthole doors. Original living room is beyond.
A new bump out window bay adds much-needed light and space to the living room, with its original low ceilings.
A pair of french twin mattresses will sit, end to end, on a large custom window seat -- providing the perfect place to while away summer days or sleep extra guests when all the bedrooms are full.
Forgive the sofa sitting temporarily on top of the new living room window seat. It does give you a sense of this special nook's large scale. Soon, twin mattresses laid end-to-end will create a fabulous lounging space from which to gaze out at the salt marsh, watch television after a day at the beach, or sleep extra overnight guests. Custom slipcovers in soft indoor/outdoor fabric will make this a practical and favorite relaxation spot for humans and the family pet alike. :)
My client and I were chuckling at the fact that her very similar window seat design was done before
I had ever even heard of designer Jeffrey Alan Marks (whose bedroom sitting area is pictured above).
Now, it's no wonder we both share a love of his work.
Meanwhile, it is a pleasure to be collaborating with the teams at Peter McDonald Architecture, Wilkins Construction and Stephen Terhune Woodworking on Salt Marsh.
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