Cedar gable cottage provides a wonderful escape on Martha’s Vineyard

modern beach house exterior

Jacob Lilley Architects has designed this cedar gable cottage perched on a hill that boasts sweeping ocean views in Chilmark, a town on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The house is designed as a cluster of four small cedar-gable cottages with a flat-roofed living space at the center. Each contains its own program from the dining room to the primary suite and is purposefully located to define an open living space.

An opposing flat roof with glass walls then acts as a counterpoint by inserting itself in the middle of the cottage volumes, creating both enclosures and emphasizing the relationship between open and closed spaces.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Jacob Lilley Architects CONTRACTOR Martha’s Vineyard Construction Company LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Horiuchi Solien Inc

modern beach house entry with a built-in bench

What We Love: This lovely family home provides a wonderful respite for enjoying the indoor-outdoor lifestyle during the temperate months. We love the design of this home, where each of the four structures has its own program, separate yet connected. The outdoor shower offers a refreshing experience, and the hanging swings are the perfect lounging space for enjoying fresh summer breezes — and maybe a nap!

Tell Us: What do you think of this cedar gable cottage design? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible Martha’s Vineyard home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign: A Martha’s Vineyard seaside escape overlooking Nantucket Sound and House Tour: Light and airy beach house on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard.

modern hallway

modern living room with a fireplace and sliding glass doors

At the heart of the structure is the kitchen and living room, in which all adjacent large exterior sliding doors pocket into the side walls exposing the house to views of the ocean and the outdoors.

modern living room with a fireplace and sliding glass doors

Above: The glass walls of the living area retract completely into the wall to open the space to the landscape.

modern living room with a fireplace

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

Above: Panels of vertical cedar siding flank the opening from the living space to the dining room. The peaked oak ceiling and gabled wall reflect the form of the cottages.

modern dining room

modern workstation with a floor-to-ceiling window

modern staircase

modern bedroom with a vaulted ceiling

modern bedroom

Above: The axis through the principal suite terminates in an outdoor shower. Floor-to-ceiling glass in the bedroom and bath opens those spaces to the landscape.

modern bathroom with a freestanding tub with a large window

modern bunk bedroom

modern kids playroom with a built-in bookcase

modern beach house patio with hanging chairs

Above: Wicker basket chairs suspended from a grid between two cottages provide a secluded outdoor retreat.

modern beach house rooftop deck with built-in seating

Above: A pathway between two of the cottages leads to the glass entry door of the living space; its roof is finished as a deck with magnificent ocean vistas.

modern beach house rooftop deck with an ocean view

modern beach house exterior

Above: The inspiration behind this home’s design draws from the fishermen’s shacks and the barns that once peppered the island landscape.

modern beach house exterior

modern beach house exterior

modern beach house outdoor shower

modern beach house exterior driveway

modern beach house exterior at dusk


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