When a bird flies through an open win­dow in Jes­sica

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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.”

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