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Quaint New England saltbox house with coastal charm on Nantucket Island

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This saltbox house was completely renovated by Peninsula Architects in collaboration with Donna Elle Design, nestled in the heart of historic downtown Nantucket, Massachusetts. Constructed in 1840, this classic saltbox was purchased by the owner who desired a renovation to make it more suitable to host large family gatherings and to accomodate overnight guests.

As the design evolved it became clear that a major structural reinforcement was required due to ill-informed plan revisions over the history of the house. While the construction team carefully removed interior finishes and reinforced the floors and roof, the design team reorganized the plan and designed interiors that were crafted in Ohio then shipped to the site and installed.

Project Team: Architecture: Peninsula Architects | Interior Design: Donna Elle Design | General Contractor: Robert Deuberry of Charter St Properties | Carpenter: Junior Froes

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The result is a house that is mostly unchanged on the exterior, but totally revolutionized in how it lives and its level of interior finish.

What is a saltbox house? A traditional New England style dwelling featuring a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back, generally a wooden frame house.

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What We Love: This beautifully restored saltbox house offers warm and inviting living spaces infused with coastal charm. A serene palette of coastal hues are ideal for promoting a relaxed atmosphere for both this home’s inhabitants and their guests. Overall, this home has been wonderfully preserved to enhance its architectural features and modernize it up to today’s standards.

Tell Us: What details in this home do you find most intriguing and why in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other impressive home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Peninsula Architects: Stunning riverside house renovation in the Chagrin Valley and Beautiful Bridge House Suspended Across A Ravine In Ohio.

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Interior living spaces are saturated in coastal charm. From the bold presence of navy accents and comfortably refined furnishings throughout, to the layers of ornately printed textiles, this home embodies the essence of coastal living. 

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Photos: Courtesy of Donna Elle Design

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