Not only did The Playhouse have ocean water at the southern
edge of the property, it also had granite ledge on the northern perimeter, hard against a sloped curve in the road. Both areas needed work.
A new stone breakwater at the ocean’s edge was built to keep as much
saltwater as possible from entering the yard, where a pool and patio
area form the main outdoor living spaces on the front, cove-facing
side of the house.
Of equal concern at the back of the house (near the ledge and the
road) was the accumulation of years of mud and dirt spilling off the
street. Debris filled the area beneath a stone bridge that connected the
second floor of the structure — the area thought to have once been the
carriage house — to the road. “That meant there was no air circulation at ground level, and that had contributed to the rot,” says Jenkins.
His team dug away the debris, revealing an enchanting stone archway and creating a pathway around the house, which meant access to
every part of the property and more options for the homeowners. For
example, in rethinking the mechanical systems, the couple dug deep,
literally, and chose a geothermal heating and cooling system, and they
found a spot for an underground tank for propane for the kitchen stove
and water heater. Jenkins rebuilt parts of the foundation to address
water issues and wrapped the bottom 3 feet of the house — stretching