It took some nine months working with TJ Greeley of G and S Construction of Boston, but the renovated house was everything Prokop
and Battista hoped for. They moved in the spring of 2014, never imagining that one of the worst winters in history was headed their way.
Snow piled high and deep and despite their best efforts, they couldn’t
fend off the ice dams. “The steep roof is a challenge to clear of snow
and ice,” says Battista. “The gutters freeze and then the ice melts when
the sun comes out.” Like so many homeowners in the Northeast, they
lost the battle. A telltale brown dot, a sign that water was seeping
into the wall in the dining room, appeared and began to spread. Then
another stain crept into the bedroom. The rest is the stuff of New England nightmares. Walls and ceilings were ruined. Insulation was rendered useless. Much of their beautiful renovation was in shambles. It
would have to be redone.
It is a credit to their collaboration with Ferzoco that they had no
design decisions to make. They wanted the house restored exactly as
it was when the renovation was first completed. Another four months
of repair work ensued before the house was back to its former self.
The generous foyer sets the stage for what lies beyond. From there
the dining room, an oval marvel with walls sheathed in Scalamandre’s
Daphne wallpaper in a delicate aqua pattern, is beautifully framed
by the detailed double-door frame. Around the rectangular dining
table are two custom wing chairs and six Danish Modern armchairs,
all upholstered in off-white fabric and trimmed with brass tacks. “We
do laugh about the white on the dining chairs,” says Prokop, “but it is
treated to be stain-resistant and kid friendly.”
To the right is the inviting living room where Chilmark Archi-
tectural Woodworking in Worcester, Massachusetts, had to copy and
replace damaged original millwork. “There was a lot of water damage
here,” says Ferzoco. “It all had to be repaired.” The room had to be
reinsulated, plastered, and painted.
Furnishings here are an eclectic collection of seemingly disparate pieces that, in Ferzoco’s hands, come together in easy harmony.
The custom sofa in navy blue cotton-linen anchors the room while
the footed wing chair from American furniture maker BDDW adds a
Television watching is relegated to the small den off the foyer.
“It’s very cozy,” says Prokop of the room furnished with a leather sofa
for the dads and a matching pair of kid-size patchwork-covered wing
the oversize headboards in the girls’ bedroom (right) inspired Ferzoco to
have the wall behind the bureau painted in a similar diamond pattern. Ana and
Sophia have a walk-in closet of their own (above left), where their shoes are
kept in orderly fashion. The color scheme continues in their bathroom (above
right), where a pink-and-orange tile mosaic lines the shower and one side of
the custom-painted vanity is in orange, while the other is in pink.