Nantucket Style Basement

Nantucket Style Basement

Coco and Arie Kopelman’s retreat in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was renovated with Botticelli & Pohl Architects and Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design Studios. In the living room, antique wicker seating flanks an 18th-century Swedish grain-painted side table; the cocktail table was custom made, and the ladder-back chair is 19th century. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore colors.
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Nantucket Style Basement

A decade ago the couple found themselves at a domestic crossroads: Should they renovate the retreat they loved, or find another on the island? Not only did dry rot and leaks need to be addressed, but the homeowners concluded that a basement, along with a master suite, a family room, and other amenities, would make the place more comfortable for their expanding clan. Digging a basement and constructing a new foundation would require moving the entire residence off its site while the work was being done. It was a daunting prospect, but sentiment won out. Calling on architect Lisa Botticelli of the Nantucket firm Botticelli & Pohl, the Kopelmans embarked on what turned out to be a two-year project that, surprisingly enough, ended up with the exterior appearance of the landmarked dwelling largely unaffected, though not without causing the couple some anguish along the way. The renovation was like “watching open-heart surgery,” Coco says. “This possession you have known and loved gets redone in front of you.”
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Nantucket Style Basement

Today the original Federal structure retains its cozy floor plan and architectural details, but the rebuilt rear addition has been reconfigured in family-friendly fashion. Aside from the now-five-level house’s new basement—a 1,800-square-foot subterranean space that contains a wine cellar, gym, playroom, and storage—the most striking alteration was the creation of a 25-by-30-foot family area from a warren of rooms on the addition’s ground floor. “It’s so we can all see each other when we are downstairs,” Coco notes. The inviting atmosphere of the space reflects the Kopelmans’ fruitful collaboration with Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design Studios, whose owner, Sandi Holland, helped decorate the house and keep the project on the straight and narrow. Lined with classic six-over-six windows, the room holds an assemblage of antique wicker, modern upholstery, and sinewy Windsor chairs and the venerable like that represents a lifetime of acquiring, upgrading, and mutual veto power. “I won’t buy anything she doesn’t agree is special,” Arie says, adding that attempts to cajole his wife only go so far. As Coco explains, he knows it’s time to curb his enthusiasm for a particular object when she says, dryly, “I’ve heard too many paragraphs.”
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Nantucket Style Basement

Take, for instance, the Manhattan couple’s second home, on the Massachusetts isle of Nantucket. Behind the weathered shingle façade of the circa-1800 residence lie a dozen sunny, cheerful spaces that illustrate the Kopelmans’ philosophy—and their shared passion for American, English, and European country furniture. Period-style bells and whistles abound, including a ceiling crisscrossed with worn wood beams and a floor painted with a large-scale diamond pattern, but the overall effect is anything but mimsy. A rare red New England Chippendale corner chair plays the role of sculpture beneath the curving staircase, while startlingly modern-looking 19th-century Swedish armchairs flank a superb George II oak cupboard in the living room. Perhaps the success of these spaces springs from how the pair lives among the spoils of decades of antiques hunting: with a spirit of down-to-earth generosity. Their children (daughter Jill Kargman is a novelist, and son Will Kopelman, who marries actress Drew Barrymore this summer, is an art consultant to Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley movers and shakers) and grandchildren come and go throughout the season, so the Kopelmans expect the dwelling to see a certain amount of wear and tear. As Coco says, “We’re not collectors, we’re furnishers.”
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Nantucket Style Basement

Our single-family Nantucket style cottages feature all the amenities of fine living in a spacious open floor plan. There is plenty of room for your favorite furnishings and collectibles and ample space for entertaining. Classic island design features two story construction, first floor master bedrooms, cedar shake siding and gas fireplaces, full basements, attached garages and outdoor decks. Except for our ‘Sconset model all have bedrooms on the second floor with plenty of space for when the grandchildren visit. Before move-in the décor of each home is customized according to the owner’s preferred color palette.
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Nantucket Style Basement

Evoking images of Old World charm, they were highlighted with cobblestone, asymmetrical shape and imaginative, mismatched doors, windows and roof lines. Older cottage homes were modest homes often built with a basic square, boxy design featuring an efficient layout designed to maximize the space on the interior of the home highlighting comfortable family living. A wide variety of building materials were used to construct the homes including brick and wood framing for a simple construction home. Modern Cottage Homes No longer strictly associated as rural dwellings, today’s Cottage house designs are multi-faceted, modern and extremely varied in style and construction. Quite often, today’s Cottage homes are fashioned as a summer or secondary residence, ideal for waterfront or mountain living. Holidays and special occasions spent with family and friends can be enjoyed pursuing outdoor adventures and water activities; swimming, boating, fishing and hiking are common past times when the home is located near the beach, a lake or in the mountains. These “vacation” type homes are still thought of as relatively small and unpretentious; however, this is certainly not always the case depending on what the homeowner desires. Weekend or summer getaways hold great charm and appeal for those with high stress occupations as a way to “wind” down and relax; an added benefit for homeowners may be to rent their secondary property as a source of income when they, themselves, are not occupying the home or to grant permission for family and friend’s usage of the home. Environmentally functional In today’s home building industry, the term cottage may be used to describe an endless variety of home construction types; however, their function, versatility and practical application are not in question. Cottages are a delightful way to connect with the environment; to slow down, enjoy the ubiquitous outdoor space associated with these plans, whether reading a book, watching the sun set and/or enjoying outdoor adventures. However, not all cottages are created equal; while those used more often as vacation homes are modest and possibly may offer minimal creature comforts, some Cottage house plans are quite large and luxurious with all the conveniences and amenities of larger homes. There are wealthy and exclusive gated communities where the rich and famous build grand and elegant Cottage styled homes whether as vacation homes or permanent residences. Individual Style Today’s Cottage house plans are characterized by their individuality, size and style and offer a wide range of amenities and conveniences that appeal to the full spectrum of homeowners. They can be traditional and classic, display country flair or feature fanciful and lighthearted exterior detailing as well as some type of outdoor space and versatile interior floor plans. Large or small, most Cottage plans feature irregular shape and sizes, architecturally pleasing design elements and organic, natural detailing which combine to create a one-of-a-kind home that is comfortable and inviting. Both space and design are incorporated into the home through the use of innovative and timeless charm and character resulting in a home worthy of consideration. Does the thought of a welcoming cottage represent your ideal lifestyle? If so, whether a vacation home or primary residence, a Cottage house plan from our collection can meet your needs. Our beautifully designed Cottage house plans offer lots of desirable features, which vary from plan to plan. Features may include: Charming exteriors – Our cottage house plans feature lovely, detailed exteriors. Front (and back) porches – Many of our cottage plans provide large, expansive front porches on which homeowners can sit and enjoy long, summer afternoons. Soul nourishing, these spaces provide a respite from everyday life with the extension of indoor/outdoor space where family and friends can gather to recap the day’s adventures. Additionally, many cottage plans also provide plans for back porches, decks, or other outdoor space. Open floor plans – Our cottage plans contain open spaces, which connect the kitchen and dining areas with living spaces. This creates opportunities for entertaining and enjoying time with family and friends. Lofts and Basements – Overhead lofts and lower level basement foundations can provide that extra expansion space that is so often needed when dealing with limited property lot space. The incentive to build up instead of out can be found in lower costs, added space and creative solutions for additional square footage. Many of our cottage plans also provide charming features such as pitched, varied roofs, small windows and dormers on the second floor, and stone exterior details without losing the essence of Cottage house plans; nourishing, heartwarming and appealing homes seemingly designed with “heaven on earth” in mind. Search our plans by size and popularity to find your ideal cottage.

Nantucket Style Basement

Nantucket Style Basement

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