with a balcony overlooking the water and a guest bedroom with a bath.
A small third bedroom by the staircase, with walls painted blush pink,
is where the wife and her granddaughters read together from a collection of children’s books that fills the shelves around a cushioned built-in bench, which doubles as sleeping space for the kids.
Outside, among the hydrangeas, peonies, Japanese anemones, and
Montauk daisies — “I’ve always inherited gardens,” says the owner,
“so it was fun to plant this one from scratch” — a cluster of small out-
buildings adds to the fun backyard environment. There’s the lobster
shack, where “neighbors bring lobsters by and boil them and just eat
them there,” says Hart. A playhouse is for the granddaughters, while
an art shack and a garden shed are for the wife. Lastly, the hut by
the dock holds the husband’s fishing equipment and life jackets for
the boat. “It’s really a great way to live,” says the wife, explaining
that, otherwise, most of these items would be stored in the detached
garage. The kids know they can’t go near the water without stopping
at the fishing hut for life jackets, so every adventure includes a visit
there. “We do a lot of fishing off the dock,” she says. “We do a lot of
swimming. Or we’ll pack a picnic and go out to the Isle
of Shoals, where sometimes we see whales and seals.”
To their granddaughters, it’s just another day in the life
their family has created for them.