When a bird flies through an open window in Jessica
and David Aronoff’s home on Martha’s Vineyard, the couple takes it in stride. After all, it’s almost to be expected when your home features abundant windows and sits on the edge of a meadow. “We wanted to bring the outside in,” Jessica says—though she meant natural light and views more than the area wildlife. Thanks to help from architect Phil Regan and designer Mika Durrell of Hutker Architects, the Aronoffs were granted all their design wishes and more.
The Hutker team presented the Aronoffs with a plan that drew from the lot’s pastoral setting and played to the couple’s memories of childhood. “David grew up in rural Vermont and was really excited to create that farmhouse feel,” Durrell says. “Jessica grew up in Manhattan and added a modern edge to the project.”
Authentic materials, clean lines, and an open floor plan were key to bridging the couple’s aesthetics. “Every detail and every finish play into the concept of a modern farmhouse,” Durrell says. Regan defines it as new technology and the way people live today combined with the charm of a vintage home.
Ceilings are framed by reclaimed wood trusses and beams, much of the furnishings and lighting were supplied by area craftspeople, and there are touches of nostalgia everywhere. “We wanted the design to offer that feeling of familiarity that you can’t quite put your finger on,” Durrell says. Wrought-iron hardware, leather pulls, and aged granite sourced from Maine underscore the idea that tried-and-true materials can be made to feel fresh. “These types of material choices are meant to help ground the house and support a sense of place,” Regan says.
Though the Aronoffs’ house resides on the rural side of the island, the village of Edgartown is only a mile away. “We really are the city mouse, country mouse story,” Jessica says. “This house is a happy medium for us. It’s not too modern and it’s not too traditional.”
above: “We wanted the project to feel as if it may have grown over time—much like an old New England farmhouse would have,” architect Phil Regan says of the trio of buildings connected by outdoor areas and hallways. Each side of the main building is filled with glass doors and windows. “There’s no real wall space,” homeowner Jessica Aronoff says. “Our aim was to open up the house and bring the outside in.”