Util­ity Spa­ces

Quar­ter-sawn oak cab­i­nets with a Stick­ley vibe an­chor this kitchen.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - by Patricia Poore

GLOUCES­TER, MAS­SACHUSETTS, is on Cape Ann, a rocky land’s-end point north­east of Bos­ton. Land’s end for Glouces­ter is Eastern Point, a nar­row penin­sula jut­ting into the At­lantic Ocean. Here, a small 1960s A-frame sum­mer home stood on a unique spot, a quiet sanc­tu­ary over­look­ing Niles Pond and the ocean be­yond. “I love this place,” says Bar­bara H. Bjorn­son, M.D., an on­col­o­gist with wide-rang­ing in­ter­ests. “I bought the prop­erty in 1993, and al­ways thought that I would build a house that would only en­hance it.”

Dr. Bjorn­son says she has long been drawn to the clas­sic Amer­i­can Arts & Crafts style. “Over the years, I had oc­ca­sion to see such homes in var­i­ous plac-

es. My in­ter­est evolved as I re­searched the pe­riod’s de­sign his­tory and its no­table ar­chi­tects.” She had heard about Alan Bat­tis­telli, a lo­cal de­sign/build con­trac­tor, from sev­eral friends and neigh­bors. “I met Alan and re­viewed his pro­posal, and was in­stantly com­fort­able choos­ing him. He and his con­struc­tion man­ager Scott Mor­ris­sey did ex­cel­lent work, as the house at­tests. “My brother, Harold Bjorn­son, was vis­it­ing a col­league in Ip­swich [Mass.],” the home­owner con­tin­ues, “and saw what he de­scribed as ‘the most beau­ti­ful kitchen I’ve ever seen’. It turned out to be a Ken­nebec Com­pany kitchen. Harold has very good taste!” Dr. Bjorn­son con­tacted Ken­nebec, based in Bath, Maine. Al­though it was her de­ci­sion to build her dream home in an East Coast Arts & Crafts style, she cred­its Ken­nebec’s James Ste­wart and Jeff Peavey for de­sign in­put re­gard­ing ma­jor as­pects of the in­te­rior lay­out and de­sign. Ken­nebec also built cab­i­nets for the mud­room, laun­dry room, fire­place nook, bath­rooms, and an up­stairs li­brary. The com­pany also did the in­stal­la­tion.

“Jeff and James es­sen­tially de­signed the kitchen,” Dr. Bjorn­son says, “in­clud­ing the look and location of cab­i­nets, the ma­te­ri­als, and an ap­proach that worked with the di­men­sions, coun­ter­tops, and ap­pli­ances.” Cab­i­nets are quar­ter-sawn white oak with a cus­tom fin­ish and Hor­ton Brasses’ Mis­sion-style hard­ware in black. Tongue-and-groove beaded-board wain­scots and ceil­ings are Dou­glas fir. A gen­er­ous al­cove serves not as a pantry but as an ef­fi­cient bak­ing cen­ter: “I love to bake breads with as­sorted grains and wild fer­ments.” Over the range top, aquatic-green tiles cre­ate an ac­cent in the back­splash of plain white sub­way tiles. The doc­tor made them. “Queen Anne’s lace grows in abun­dance nearby, be­tween Niles Pond and Brace Cove,” she ex­plains. “The plant is an an­ces­tor of the car­rot and in the pars­ley fam­ily; it’s ed­i­ble, and has medic­i­nal prop­er­ties. I picked some of it and hand­pressed the plant into fresh clay, which was then glazed and fired by a lo­cal pot­ter.”

A medic­i­nal-plant theme ex­tends out­side. “Just af­ter the house was built,” Dr. Bjorn­son says, “I was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 Eastern Point Gar­den Tour. Be­cause they were aware of my back­ground—I’m a physi­cian spe­cial­iz­ing in med­i­cal on­col­ogy and hema­tol­ogy—they sug­gested I present plants with medic­i­nal prop­er­ties. So now my gar­den has 55 va­ri­eties of plants that have var­i­ous medic­i­nal his­to­ries.” The beau­ti­ful land­scap­ing, open views­cape, and gar­dens on both sides of the house are the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion among the owner, de­signer Hugh Collins, and land­scaper John Fil­ias of Jef­frey’s Creek Land Con­trac­tors. a

LEFT The new house presents two façades, one fac­ing the road and the other the wa­ter, not un­usual for pe­riod houses in coastal lo­ca­tions. This is the wa­ter­side face. The gar­den fea­tures 55 va­ri­eties of plants with a his­tory of medic­i­nal use. OP­PO­SITE Aquatic-green ac­cent tiles made by the home­owner tie to­gether an Arts & Crafts phi­los­o­phy with her in­ter­est in ed­i­ble and med-ic­i­nal plants. She pressed Queen Anne’s lace into the wet clay to cre­ate the re­lief pat­tern.

ABOVE Gran­ite blocks quar­ried in nearby Rock­port make up the fire­place sur­round and man­tel shelf; the cab­i­nets are by hen­nebec. TOP RIGHT barthy build­ing ma­te­ri­als in­clude more oock­port gran­ite, along with tra­di­tional red brick and cedar shin­gles. qhe main en­try is on the façade that faces the ap­proach to the house. RIGHT A gen­er­ous laun­dry room is be­yond the en­try door that ties park­ing drive to kitchen.

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