Martha's Vineyard Home & Design : Terrain Associates
Chilmark Pond Residence
The evolution of this home has come from a careful analysis of the site, its governing rules and regulations, the needs, desires and dreams of the family, and careful budgetary considerations. The home is not a simplistic or an expected solution, and has an individuality that is based on the specific needs of the family.
The footprint of this modestly scaled home gently curves to unobtrusively embrace upper Chilmark Pond. Rooms on three sides look out to the ocean across the pond.
1) The back door to the new home on Chilmark Pond.
2) Long-leaf yellow pine structural elements and flooring create an intimate sitting area for the open plan.
3) An airy central entry forms a crossroads between the family living areas, private bedrooms and back door to the decks overlooking the pond. The second floor master suite is reached by a stairway that ascends under the main ridge beam.
4) At the cross gable, recycled long leaf yellow pine trusses support the ridge beam. This view is towards the octagonal screened porch which overlooks the ocean and in summer expands the home with additional sitting and dining areas.
5) A family style kitchen shares the open living space and enjoys its views beyond to the sea.
6) The living room's timber and glass wall frames - the morning fog shrouds the view overlooking Chilmark Pond. The entire living space is raised two feet; this structural design element ensures expansive views of the serene pond and breaking waves beyond. 7) The master bedroom's cathedral ceiling creates an inspired interior reflecting the expanse of sky and sea enjoyed from the suite's private deck. Tucked under the eaves of the second story above the bunkhouses other bedrooms, the suite's expertly sculpted ceiling hints at the structural complexity of the roof system's two cross gables. An 18' height limitation required structural ingenuity to create high ceilings on both floors.
8) Architect Jamie Weisman's signature detail ~ a marine deck prism is inset and framed high on the wall creating delightful play of light.
9) Three unobtrusive and extremely low profile solar water heating panels on the south facing roof collect the sun's energy.
10) Initial Conceptual Sketch
11) Site Plan Study
12) Detail Sketch
13) Bunkhouse South Face Sketch
14) South Elevation
15) Site's view across Chilmark Pond towards ocean
photos courtesy of Terrain Associates