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Time­less ar­chi­tec­ture com­bines his­tor­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate de­signs and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­flu­ences for clas­si­cally ro­man­tic re­sults.

Cottages & Bungalows - - A Room - BY JESSIE YOUNT DE­SIGN BY PA­TRICK AHEARN

Artful & Au­then­tic Ar­chi­tec­ture.

This clas­sic cot­tage kitchen opens into the fam­ily room. “Its vin­tage beams echo the trusses of the fam­ily room, and the wide-plank an­tique floor­boards ex­tend through­out the house,” Ahearn writes. Wain­scot­ing ap­pears through­out as well, en­hanc­ing a time­lessly el­e­gant ap­peal. It is through the process of ren­o­va­tion or restora­tion and re­design that

most of us come to call our house a home. Our sense of place and com­fort is cre­ated through the in­ti­mate, per­son­al­ized touches that we add to a house. Draw­ing on your nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and home's his­tory can create a co­he­sive de­sign that lasts a life­time and cre­ates a place for you to live and thrive.

Ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Pa­trick Ahearn has made this phi­los­o­phy his bench­mark. Ahearn's love for de­sign ac­tu­ally be­gan with a love for au­to­mo­biles.

Luck­ily for de­sign fans his pas­sion mor­phed into a love for ar­chi­tec­ture, and what car­ried over was an im­mac­u­late at­ten­tion to scale, pro­por­tion and light.

In his lat­est project, Ahearn takes us on a tour of his 45-year ca­reer through his book, Time­less: Clas­sic Amer­i­can Ar­chi­tec­ture for Con­tem­po­rary Liv­ing. Of­fer­ing im­ages and in­sight into his Edgar­town projects and New Eng­land de­signs, Ahearn delves into his­toric ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion. Use Ahearn's best tips to learn how to bal­ance your in­door and outdoor spa­ces, blend­ing the in­flu­ence of your nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment with clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture—whether it be Colo­nial, Ge­or­gian, Vic­to­rian or any­thing in be­tween.


Houses that are pro­tected as land­marks re­quire del­i­cate con­sid­er­a­tions and in­ge­nu­ity to find so­lu­tions. “Ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of land­marks must pro­ceed with a height­ened sen­si­tiv­ity to and aware­ness of the home's ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments, scale and pro­por­tions, as well as those of the sur­round­ing land­scape,” Ahearn writes.

Balanc­ing reg­u­la­tions, au­then­tic­ity and mod­ern re­quire­ments is a hand­ful, but Ahearn's ex­ten­sive knowl­edge proves up to the chal­lenge. In the vil­lage of Edgar­town on Martha's Vine­yard, Ahearn tack­led sev­eral such projects. When ren­o­vat­ing a Colo­nial-style struc­ture known as the John Cof­fin House, Ahearn took in­spi­ra­tion from the 1890s to recre­ate a his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate de­sign. The shin­gle ex­te­rior fea­tures dark shut­ters, white win­dow trim and a match­ing white por­tico. The por­tico—the roof above the door that is sup­ported by col­umns—is larger than its orig­i­nal, but re­flects the an­ti­quated style of the orig­i­nal.

Re­viv­ing a home's ex­te­rior us­ing orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als when­ever pos­si­ble is one of Ahearn's fa­vorite mis­sions. He con­sid­ers ev­ery­thing from the sid­ing, roof, win­dows, doors and even fenc­ing ma­te­ri­als to make th­ese homes era-ap­pro­pri­ate.

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