windows were replaced with larger versions. Bay windows, balconies,
roof brackets, and a courtyard arbor add architectural detail and livability. For texture and scale, the exterior is clad with painted clapboards and shingles, with the mansard face and turret both covered in
natural cedar shingles to match the roof.
The front porch, extended to accommodate an outdoor dining
area, became a showpiece; dinky porch posts were replaced with Tuscan columns with a 12-inch diameter. During the summer, it’s Art and
Sherry’s favorite spot.
Inside, the overall goal was to infuse fresh, bright seaside charm
and period character. “Sunny! Airy! That’s what I wanted for this
house,” says Sherry. The large windows and many sets of interior
French doors and transoms create a bright countenance against a
soothing palette of whites and fog gray-greens.
Preserving the original staircase proved well worth the effort.
“There were 15 layers of paint on that front stairway,” says Keene,
“but once they were removed, a beautiful newel post and handrail of
longleaf pine were revealed.” Wood floors throughout the house were
also salvaged, adding another note of period authenticity.
Fireplaces in the living and dining rooms were kept in the same
location but given a thorough style overhaul with new mantels, surrounds, and hearths. Jamestown interior designer Patti Watson of
Taste Design provided consultations on the dining and living-room
The kitchen’s footprint remained unchanged, but a new bay window added natural light and provided a sensible place for a built-in
banquette and table. “We wanted to keep the spirit of the 1900s house
intact with our kitchen choices,” says Keene, who used polished nickel
fixtures, Carrara marble countertops, a calacatta marble backsplash,
the stunning view of Jamestown Harbor is framed by the enlarged window in
the master bath (above left), where newly installed period-style details
include the wide-plank wainscot, basket-weave marble tile floor, claw-foot
tub, and floor-mounted faucet. The bathroom also features a marble-topped
double-sink vanity (above, lower right) with a wall-sized mirror topped by
transom windows. The master bedroom (above, top right) includes a built-in
wood canopy arch and tall, narrow closets to optimize storage.