Down a narrow tree-lined lane just steps from a sandy stretch of beach, this Martha’s Vineyard-esque home was a farsighted vision in the making for two professionals with teenage children. To bring their custom dream home to fruition, the couple turned to the power trio of Residential Designer, Ryan Hoyt of Ryan Hoyt Designs, Aryze Development for the build and Interior Designer, Tracy Lamoureaux of Creative Spaciz to design and build their forever home where they could age in place. With a thoughtfully curated wishlist in hand, the couple’s primary vision was to transition their lifestyle to main floor living, with family space and spare rooms on the upper floor. Their goal was to balance the open concept main floor with personal areas within the home for private getaways. The result is a 3200-square-foot breezy beach home with three bedrooms, two offices, a small gym, three-and-half baths and an elegant master suite.
“The owners wanted to create a timeless feel by blending a transitional exterior with contemporary elements to provide a distinct bit of pop. We were really challenged on this lot as the buildable footprint was quite wide, yet shallow. Not only did the shallow dimensions pose a challenge for the floor plans but we wanted to design steps and jogs along the front to create an elegant and interesting facade that doesn’t look too boxy,” states Hoyt.
Armed with their own design ideas and traditional design leanings, the owners wanted to create a classic feel with warm and inviting elements. Lamoureaux paired naturally veined marble, granite, and quartz finishes with custom designed millwork by Niche Kitchen to create classic lines with a fresh contemporary style. A hardworking island with plenty of storage and an apron-style sink creates a functional work triangle in the kitchen. The island’s lower cabinets in slate blue soften the white theme and echo the hues of the nearby sea. “Birds of a feather” black chandelier adds a farmhouse touch above the soft lines of the dining chairs.
Glass pendant lighting, classic mullion windows and over height ceilings create a bright and airy open plan kitchen and dining area. A custom built sideboard in soft grey warms the area and elevates the room’s functionality.
A fireplace feature wall with built-in custom shelving creates a focal point and an inviting place to gather in the living area. Flooding the entire main floor with natural light, glass doors to the outdoor patio and clerestory windows create an indoor-outdoor feel to the beach home.
“I had a fabulous time with my clients; their energy and openness to new ideas is what made this project so inspiring,” states Lamoureaux.
Whitewashed ceiling and beams provide a more casual beach house vibe to offset the formal feel of the great room.
For design cohesion, Lamoureaux carried the blue hue through to the powder room vanity and paired it with the antique copper faucets and finishes for a contemporary seaside feel.
Hoyt concludes that “despite the dimensional challenges of the lot, the flow through the house is airy and functional and we managed to maintain the home’s privacy. The drive-through garage to access the rear yard accessory building for boat and jet ski storage is one of my favourite features of the design. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the neighbours and other clients alike.”
- Builder: ARYZE Development
- Residential Design: Ryan Hoyt Designs
- Interior Design: Creative Spaciz Design Studio
- Countertops: Exotic Stone
- Kitchen & Bath Fixtures: Andrew Sheret
- Flooring: The Finishing Store
- Millwork: Niche Kitchen
- Tile: Island Floor Centre
- Backsplash: Island Floor Centre
- Fireplace: Ark@Home
- Paint: O’Quinn’s Painting
Light Fixtures: Mclaren Lighting
- Glass: Royal Oak Glass