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10-plus acres. Like the main house, it had to allow for expansive views
of Stage Harbor, looking south toward Nantucket Sound — even from
the car barn on the first floor. Burton, who is chairman and former CEO
of Knoll, manufacturers of iconic Modern furniture, wanted to “open
the garage doors, work on his cars, and see the view,” says DaSilva.
The clients didn’t want the guesthouse to overwhelm the site, a
design goal DaSilva accomplished by nestling the structure into an
existing hillside so that only the top floor is visible as guests approach
from the 500-foot-long driveway.
DaSilva and the Staniars also worked carefully with landscape
architect David Hawk of Hawk Design in Boston and Orleans, Massa-
chusetts, deciding which trees to leave or take out and where to plant
new ones to create a peekaboo view of the building from the main
house, which is a short distance away.
the wide gables, cedar roof, and rafter tails of the main house
(above) served as a template for the details of the guesthouse
facade. The guesthouse kitchen (far left) is a happy mix of
beadboard-faced cabinets and Knoll chairs grouped around a
simple farm table. A large window (left) provides a leafy view.