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In the finest New England tradition, when the big house needed a barn,
the result was sympathetic in style yet designed to do its own thing
Yes, the 7,000-square-foot, four-bedroom summer home that Burton and Nancy Staniar built at water’s edge in Chatham, Massachusetts, certainly seemed big enough at the time (Design New England, July/ August 2011, “Perfect Setting”). But that was before the grandchildren kept coming; they are up to nine,
and counting. “We joke that we sort of miscalculated when we built
the home,” says Burton.
Thus their decision to build a two-bedroom guesthouse — that
would also house a car barn for Burton’s collection of vintage cars.
They again called on John DaSilva of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, which has offices in Chatham, East Harwich, and Oster-ville, Massachusetts, the architect who designed the main house. “We
loved their work,” says Burton, who asked that the new building be “in
the same style, with even the same type of shingles and peaks and all.”
Much effort went into siting the second edifice on the Staniars’
written by larry lindner • photographed by brian vanden brink
DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION
POLHEMUS SAVERY DASILVA ARCHITECTS BUILDERS
the bays of Burton Staniar’s barn/
guesthouse face the harbor so he can
see the water as he tinkers with his
vintage cars. The garage is equipped
with a hydraulic lift so he can easily
work on vehicles from underneath.
Upstairs, a large window in the living
room of the guest apartment allows
for a panoramic view.