04.01.10

After creating a neighborhood home on Lagoon Pond, new Vineyard homeowners found the Island lifestyle enveloped both them and their children.

Linda Black

04.01.10

What happens when big dreams meet conservation commission realities.

Jim Miller

04.01.10

A West Tisbury couple rebounds and rebuilds after fire destroys their retirement home.

Anne McCarthy Strauss

10.01.09

Near Lambert’s Cove, a band of marauders storms the hill leading to the Bresnick home. Annie Bresnick stands at ground zero, observing the advance from her window. She’s no damsel in distress. It’s ten minutes to three, and her boys Zach, Sam, and Owen – ages eleven, ten, and eight, respectively – are predictably on time, fresh off the school bus. They’ve widened their flank on this winter afternoon, as their buddy Nate D’Angelo ascends the hill alongside his comrades.

Shelley Christiansen

10.01.09

Tucked back from Barnes Road at the edge of Lagoon Pond, Jim and Pam Buttericks’ house in Oak Bluffs is a year-round delight – whether on a winter morning with a steaming cup of coffee indoors or for a summer sunset with a glass of wine on the deck: “I feel like I’m looking at a Monet painting,” Pam says.

Susan Catling

10.01.09

On a muggy summer night, reminiscent perhaps of Havana or Key West, Tom O’Hanlon stands in what one could easily assume is the Island’s only Hemingway-themed bathroom. He’s pointing out some of the memorabilia that line the shelves of the small space in the modest house on Jernegan Avenue in Edgartown that he shares with his wife, Jen. It’s actually only a half-bath, but the term “powder room” hardly seems applicable to a space that is nearly filled with the accoutrements of sport fishing.

Jim Miller

10.01.09

Not many labs have a pool, fewer still include a sauna, and it’s safe to say none include Anna Edey’s mix of pool, sauna, and chickens. Anna’s innovative, green- designed building at Solviva, her farm in West Tisbury, looks like a nicely finished, twenty-four-by-eighteen-foot cottage nestled amid the greenery not far from her main house. It faces south, and was built from the bottom up to embody her environmental ways.

Richard C. Skidmore

10.01.09

Slapping some solar panels on a McMansion to offset the energy use of a walk-in humidor and calling it “green” is something of a canard. To be truly “green” or “sustainable” or “environmentally friendly,” or any number of loosely defined terms, a home needs to be thought-through and accordingly designed from slab to stud to ceiling fan. It should be well insulated and generate as much power as it uses, just for starters.

Jim Miller

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