Martha’s Vineyard is home to the single largest concentration of our residential work and some of our earliest projects, including the Polly Hill Arboretum. Chilmark House, like many of these commissions, is immersed in the landscape and continually reconnects its inhabitants with the surrounding woods, pools of sunlight and nearby Vineyard Sound. Entire walls and windows are designed to vanish and erase boundaries between indoors and outdoors. We were guided in the earliest phase of the project by the couple’s wish for distinct public and private spaces and the site’s topography. The central public space—the living and dining areas–plus a sitting room in the guest wing, are oriented toward a kind of natural sun-filled well on the house’s south side. Interior load-bearing elliptical columns allow sliding doors and windows to make large openings to the south in the exterior walls. Opposite, on the north side, sliding windows create large gaps in the exterior, connecting the living room and kitchen directly to the woods and waters of the sound. Bedrooms are on the wooded edges, on the east and west sides. A roof deck, terrace and side decks create outdoor living spaces. Shortly after completion of this project, the couple asked us to begin designing a guesthouse nearby as their family continued to grow.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Boulders, Shrubs, Wire Fences, Wall, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Back Yard, Metal Fences, Wall, Trees, and Hardscapes. Photo  of Chilmark House
Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Front Yard, and Trees. Photo 2 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Outdoor, Boulders, Woodland, Front Yard, Trees, Metal Fences, Wall, Shrubs, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Wire Fences, Wall, Walkways, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 3 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and House Building Type. Photo 4 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Windows and Wood. Photo 5 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Ottomans, End Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Ceiling Lighting. Photo 6 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, and Metal Roof Material. Photo 7 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. Photo 8 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Living Room, Two-Sided Fireplace, Wood Burning Fireplace, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 9 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Kitchen, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Stone Counter, and Wood Cabinet. Photo 10 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Kitchen, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Wire Fences, Wall, Metal Fences, Wall, Back Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Boulders, Hardscapes, Trees, and Shrubs. Photo 13 of Chilmark House
Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Woodland, Boulders, Metal Fences, Wall, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Wire Fences, Wall, Back Yard, Trees, and Shrubs. Photo 14 of Chilmark House