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.  

Joyce Wagner

With the coastal bluff eroding, two things were obvious. The old house near the edge of the scarp was doomed, and any new structure built there had to be easily movable. Working with clients whose family have owned the land for decades, architect Peter Rose came up with the idea of little boxes made not of ticky-tacky but of ten-inch-thick concrete. We caught up with him recently at the property.

MVM: Why concrete?

James Sanfilippo of Aquinnah is an artisan specialty plasterer.

Simone McCarthy

As the driveway circles up toward the house, the wide curved porch - linking two of four wings - comes into view near the crest of the hill.

The owners: Ken and Dede Feinberg

Karla Araujo

A creative design trumps building lot limitations.

Shelley Christiansen

Translating Piet Mondrian’s geometric color scheme onto kitchen cabinets required some out-of-the-box thinking.

Joyce Wagner

Arnie Reisman and Paula Lyons, the husband-and-wife duo known for their appearances on the weekly National Public Radio quick-wit game show Says You, talk about their shift from seasonal residents in Menemsha to year-rounders in Vineyard Haven.

Three Island projects illustrate how an energy-efficient and sustainable approach is gaining traction.

Jim Miller

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