Homeowners go solar on the Vineyard to save the planet and to save money. For Llewellyn Rogers, the priority was reducing his electric bill. In less than four months he saved more thna $1,000 on electricity costs.
Once, long ago, I fell in love with a house and then I fell in love with the man who built it.
After twenty years of focusing on her Vineyard Haven gallery, Nancy Shaw Cramer is ready to take a step back.
Nicole Grace Mercier
Let’s break it down by the numbers. Types of chair styles produced by Vineyard Teak: 87. Tables: 96. Benches: 42. Loungers: 20. Accessories: 76. Number of miles that Island native Whitney Brush travels to Indonesia to manufacture each piece: roughly 10,000. That may stretch the limits of the “local” imprimatur, but Brush brings his Island sensibility to his craft, even from afar.
In the age of “reality” shows like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars, when appraisers are minor celebrities and every grandmother’s attic seems to contain at least one semi-precious vase or imposter impressionist, it often appears as if determining the worth of a thing – any thing – takes little more than a quick once-over by the right person. But what we don’t see on television, says Nancy Whipple of Edgartown, is that behind every show host making grand pronouncements about a piece’s value (or lack thereof) is a bank of computers.
Alexandra Bullen Coutts
It started at Thanksgiving. Peggy Ehrenkranz, then eighty-three-years-old, and her twin children, Katherine and Doug, gathered with their families from various parts of the country to celebrate the holiday at Katherine’s home in McLean, Virginia. They all would have preferred to be coming together at their beloved Vineyard family camp at Makonikey, a two-structure rustic compound on one and a half acres with sweeping views of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands that has been in the family for sixty-four years. But itwas simply too small.
Alexandra Bullen Coutts
With the Gay Head Light at the edge of the cliff, Vineyarders are celebrating, and angling to save, the beloved red-and-white-flashing beacon at the Island’s western tip.
They are not typical year-round homes; they’re more like well-appointed summer dwellings. Nor are they stylistically similar. But Seaview in Aquinnah and the Corduroy House in West Tisbury share one remarkable feature: in a day when the cost of new construction on the Island regularly runs to $400 or more per square foot, both were built for less than $200 per square foot.