from the below-grade foundation up to just under window height —
in a sheet of copper to give the structure an extra layer of water resistance behind the shingles. He also added blown-in foam insulation to
help make the house weather-tight.
In updating the look and function of the house itself, the owners kept the original architectural style, footprint, and roofline but
replaced the materials. “The design of the house is the same, but
I wanted something more natural for the exterior materials,” says
JoAnn. Jenkins replaced painted white shingles with Alaskan yellow
cedar (“I like the way it weathers to gray,” says JoAnn) and installed
new energy-efficient solid wood windows that are mahogany on the
in the light-filled kitchen (above), there’s a view of the yard and the cove
from the sink. The natural wood in the custom-made cabinetry, island, open
shelves, and floor adds warmth against the stonework. The original stone
exterior doorway (facing page, left) became an interior focal point when the
team added an entry hall with a Dutch door. facing page, right, top to
bottom: The kitchen’s eating nook is near the pizza oven, which a local mason
built to mimic the stone doorway; the dining table has a clear view of the pool
and cove through the front door; the living area’s wood-burning fireplace is a
new element given old charm with fieldstones, salvaged granite, and a mantel
made from wood found on the property.
exterior, painted white, and sugar maple with a natural stain on the
interior. He milled salvaged antique cypress into new front doors whose
arched shape mimics the original doorway, and built a pergola from the
same cedar to mark the entry from dining room to patio. “The cypress
doors make a nice accent and play up the indoor-outdoor connection,” says JoAnn.
Indoors, the spaces were reconfigured to suit a family that likes to
gather for holidays and summertime visits, with most of the first floor
becoming an open-plan kitchen-dining-living area. Key to the new
kitchen scheme is an original fieldstone doorway to the yard. JoAnn’s
design has it located in an enclosed entry, part of an addition the couple
had built. The homeowners hired a mason to build a pizza oven with a
look similar to the old stone doorway to separate the working section
of the kitchen from the pantry area. “I didn’t want wall cabinets in the
kitchen, so adding a pantry was important,” says JoAnn. “It meant
we could keep the main kitchen area simple and light-filled.” A wall of
windows above the kitchen sink overlooks the yard with a view to the
sea, and a handcrafted wooden table acts a prep island.
The designer also used stonework to create a focal point in the
living area, adding a fieldstone fireplace, especially appreciated when
a storm rolls in from the sea and a wood fire makes the house cozy.