ent. “It was hard to get from the parking area to the
front door. We took four different additions and made
them go together.”
The two designers came to the project via Bang
& Olufsen, the company known for its sleek consumer
audio and video equipment. The new audiophile owner, who bought the property as a vacation home, asked
his Bang & Olufsen dealer to help him find design expertise. Elms and Terrat, in turn, engaged Cambridge,
Massachusetts, architectural firm Margolis+Fishman;
working as a team, they introduced coherence, style,
and flow. “This house welcomes everyone driving
across the causeway to Marblehead Neck,” Terrat says.
“We wanted the facade to blend into the neighborhood
and look more like the older Shingle-style houses on
the Neck.” To this end, they installed a new entry porch
and an eyebrow window, and they shingled the exterior.
A graded, redesigned yard made the front door accessible for the first time in years.
The previously unused foyer is now a dramatic yet
lighthearted entry with limestone flooring, grass-cloth-paneled walls, and a hefty black metal chandelier. “It
looks like an old barrel,” Elms says. “We softened the
formality and created a beach-house feeling. When you
continue into the hallway, the first room you look into
is what we called the cabana room: You look right out
to the ocean.”
The hall leads to the great room, the physical and
functional center of the house. This two-story space
is where the owner enjoys his audio gear and where
the family gathers. The new eyebrow window not only
brings light into the large room but also provides a peek
at Marblehead Harbor from the bridge that connects
the old master bedroom on the second floor of the orig-
the kitchen dining area flows
into the great room beyond the
back staircase, which Terrat Elms
Interior Design finished with
slender mahogany handrails and
steel cables. Doors and windows
open to expansive ocean views.
An antique wire birdcage
(right) makes an unexpected
focal point on a chest in the now
constantly used front hall.