Years ago I was invited to a summer barbecue at a friend of a friend's Cape Cod cottage located on the tip of a sandy peninsula that could only be reached by boat. Everything about the place was wonderfully simple and spare — the house didn't even have electricity or cell phone reception.
Which was good and bad. We did have to signal and holler for someone to come tow us in the middle of the night when our boat went dead in the water during what should have been a ten minute trip back to the mainland — not exactly the kind of scenario city dwellers typically relish, but pretty darn exciting all the same.
This beautiful renovation of a Carpenter Victorian Gothic cottage on Martha's Vineyard by Hutker Architects reminds me of the feeling I had in that house — a combination of calm, quiet, loneliness and the comfort of home. Not at all a bad place to be.
(Images: Julian Wass)