in the kitchen, Margolis installed pale-green granite countertops, simple white-painted cabinetry
with recessed panels, bin pulls, and understated but effective lighting. A band of watery green glass tile
runs along the bottom of the backsplash, topped with ceramic subway tiles. The hardwood floors are
original to the house.
conceived as a unity,” Margolis says. “There
is a quality of materials, honesty of materi-
als, and the materials used are enduring.”
Such durability, he notes, addresses current
views about the built environment. “Today,
sustainability has become a strong concern.
That reinforces all the guiding principles of
For him, the Shingle Style falls into the
realm of humane classicism. “The climate
informs what is designed in different parts of
the country,” he says. In New England, espe-
cially along the coast, the Shingle Style was
up to the challenge of seasonal storms while
also encouraging leisurely summer engage-
ment, with broad shaded porches and designs
that allowed for maximum cross ventilation
and easy interaction with the outdoors.
While the rooms of his house ramble,
they organize around the central entry foyer.
To one side is the formal dining room, with
the family room and kitchen beyond. A large
living room and a small sitting room balance