designed the building for Sam Lambroza and Marybeth
Burke, a married couple with three grown children, who
have been coming to the island for more than a dozen years.
With sons in Los Angeles and Houston and a daughter in
Washington, D.C., they found their Vineyard home was the
place where all the family loved to gather, so when their
neighbor decided to sell the property next door, they were
quick to buy it, adding an acre to their 1-acre lot.
Their vision was to create a recreational retreat with
a tennis court, swimming pool, hot tub, exercise room, and
open space to entertain family and friends. Sure, there is a
place for guests, but, says Lambroza, “We didn’t want to
create another whole house, so we kept it to one bedroom.”
They wanted a space that made an indoor/outdoor connection, so all three walls of glass doors open and the outside
Sam Lambroza had an idea for a spiral staircase to provide
outdoor access to the roof deck. Architects Keith Moskow
and Robert Linn agreed it could be an elegant and practical
addition to the project. Since both God and the devil are in
the details, however, it couldn’t be just any spiral stair.
It would be an important point of interest, so it had to
be beautiful, inviting, and expertly made. They turned to
PbD Productions in Hopedale, Massachusetts, where the
stairway was designed and built. “We set it up in the shop,”
says operations maganger John Taberski, then, satisfied
with the design, it was broken down and shipped (the
railing was made in one piece and sent on a flatbed trailer)
to the site where Taberski oversaw the installation. “It was
a fun job,” he says. “Every metal job we do is a challenge,
but that’s what makes you enjoy your job. You get a real
sense of accomplishment.”
The components are steel that was galvanized. Once
assembled, the rail and treads were capped in Ipe.
Set into the bluestone terrace beneath the wide
overhang at the far end of the building, it is an architectural
exclamation point on a project full of surprises.
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the compact kitchen was designed with help from French
Accent, a Martha’s Vineyard kitchen and bath company. The
open shelving keeps the space connected to the living room, yet
has a counter tall enough to hide any food-preparation and