ing up not just in walls, but in unexpected details, such as the swerved
inlay of the white oak floor that defines the dining area. Yet the nautical touches are subtle. The living room fireplace is framed with sheets
of zinc-coated copper, hand-hammered like the hull of a ship. To the
right, a fixed-glass panel allows views to where the rounded kitchen
seems docked on the terrace.
The kitchen’s shape is reflected on its ceiling, in its inlaid floor,
and on its island, which looks like a Caesarstone surfboard. A second,
smaller island/room divider, with a Miele cooktop on one side and a
kids’ work space on the other, has a fin-like quality that reinforces the
surfer theme. Furthermore, the two kitchen islands evoke the very real
Ram and Tinkers islands, which lie offshore, a view of them framed
by the technical triumph of a curved sliding pocket door, designed by
Hutker and crafted by H. Hirschmann Ltd. of West Rutland, Vermont.
The slider allows the space to fully open to the outdoors, where blue-
stone blends with the polished concrete that rims the kitchen floor.
Inside, the kitchen flows into the dining area, where an Oly chandelier above the trestle table seems to bubble up from the sea. The
fireplace, which is faced with stainless steel, shares its warmth with the
family room, which is tucked behind panels of horizontal red cedar that
can be left open or closed for privacy. Inside, window treatments are
minimal, but exterior wood awnings block the hot summer sun while
allowing the low rays of winter to warm the rooms. Two small decks,
one off the first-floor living room and one off the second-floor master
bedroom, extend like gangplanks over the rocks, a gesture retained
from the original house.