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Oak Groves

Chilmark

Situated on the northwest coast of Martha’s Vineyard, this property overlooks the Vineyard Sound. The rural landscape is defined by standing scrub oak groves and ledge outcroppings, which were preserved throughout construction. The drive winds through indigenous plantings to arrive at an informal pea stone auto court where a feature oak helps frame a glimpse to the water beyond. Working closely with the architect, a new house was sited to optimize views to the sound while integrating an existing guesthouse and pool within the new landscape.

Dry-stacked, rounded fieldstone walls reference the agrarian character found “up island” and serves to terrace the land for improved grade and circulation.  A circular mosaic terrace with broken edges intersects the pool in a gesture that strengthens the geometric connection between the pool, walkway with stairs, and main residence. Hydrangea, perennials, and grasses provide color during the summer months while native grasses and lowbush blueberry soften the edges of the property by forming a naturalistic border between the built and native landscape.

Collaborator: Hutker Architects; Photographer: Greg Premru

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