Gloucester (Annisquam), Massachusetts
Services: Architecture, Construction, Interior Design, Cabinetry
The home, known as Selkirk Ledge, was in dire condition and little had changed in the house since 1900. Mostly unheated and showing the effects of a century facing the open Atlantic Ocean, Selkirk cried for help. Located on a steeply sloping site, the home’s primary views and exposure were to the northwest, north and northeast. Creating the warm, welcoming year-round home in a location known for its winter gales and chilly fog banks was an aesthetic and technical challenge.
Favored with stout construction, and elegant original detailing, Selkirk was well suited to full restoration. All windows were replaced with energy efficient, custom- built double hung sash with traditional counter weights. All systems were replaced, as was the roofing and siding, and the house was fully insulated. Wonderful original details, such as carved rafter tails and decorative shingle patterns, were fully preserved and extended to the sympathetic addition built to house modern conveniences such as a two car garage, a mudroom, and a home office for the world traveling homeowners. Additionally several focused mini additions including a bay window facing south, new shed dormers with ocean views, a magnificent bay in the dining room facing the ocean and a gracious semi-circular terrace were inserted into the fabric of the house.
Similarly, the interiors were completely reworked and refined to meet modern-day living requirements and to address the needs of the homeowners. The modest size of the kitchen, for example, is reflective of the fact that the homeowners like to dine out or have prepared meals. At Selkirk, they focus on relaxing and enjoying family gatherings.