South Water Street Revisited
South Water Street Revisited, originally owned by Stanley Washburn Jr., was built in 1890 and relocated to its current lot in 1955. The project was a restoration of the original 1890s along with significant renovations. The house was raised 3′ due to FEMA and habitable space regulations while maintaining a natural look from the streetscape. The crumbling foundation was replaced and a wing was added that introduced a walk out lower level providing guest quarters and entertaining spaces that open out onto the views of the marshland and Edgartown harbor in the distance. The program included developing a large swimming pool off to the side, porches off the main body of the original wing of the house, and pop outs at the rear of the property all set on a new brick veneered foundation.
The house is unique in terms of its body and scale. The home appears to be a 1 ½ story house, however at the rear of the house it is a 2 ½ story home. The open floor plan includes the great room, kitchen, and dining area. French doors on either side of a large fireplace step out on to a covered porch leading to the pool and cabana area that has been screened from public view.
The newly constructed master wing on the first floor on the north side of the house has wonderful water views out to the harbor and marshland in the distance. The homeowners essentially can live on the first floor and their grown children and future grandchildren can take over the lower level and still maintain a second floor at the front of the house for the adult guests to use. The carriage house provides additional guest quarters above and it mimics the architecture and the detail of the Greek Revival façade of the original house.
Front Exterior - The right portion of the home is the existing original home. The left wing was added along with a freestanding carriage house and garden terrace to the left and an outdoor living area to the right of the home.
Back Exterior - The home appears to be a 1 ½ story house, however at the rear of the house it is a 2 ½ story home. The primary living area and master suite are located on the first floor and additional bedrooms are located on the lower and second level. There are two outdoor living areas on either side of the back exterior thus providing two different experiences.
Before and After Side Exterior - This is a photo of the side exterior of the home. The outdoor living opportunities were limited prior to the restoration/renovation. Accessed from the great room, the covered porch leads out to a bluestone patio with a pool, cabana, custom grill area and outdoor dining opportunities. The outdoor fireplace and firepit provide warmth during the cooler weather.
Great Room - The great room is part of an open floor plan that allows access to the kitchen and dining room. Dark wood is used as the trim and beadboard ceiling and the walls are outfitted with custom painted moldings. On either side of the fireplace are a set of French doors that step out on to a covered porch leading to a pool and cabana area that are all screened from public view.
Kitchen - The kitchen is open to both the great room and the dining room allowing for a more social experience. The island serves as a partition between the kitchen and great room. The dark trim and beadboard ceiling is continued througout both the kitchen and dining room to the right. In the corner rests an intimate seating area.