Mother Earth Living


Vintage Vineyard: A Martha's Vineyard Vacation House

Grand yet humble, spacious yet intimate, this finely crafted Martha’s Vineyard getaway has it all.



Stained-glass pocket doors to the music room, just off the great room, allow for privacy and quiet. Right: The kitchen features a variety of reclaimed woods: river-salvaged heart pine on the floors; cypress cabinetry (including the custom refrigerator door); and pine timbers salvaged from a warehouse on the ceiling. The open shelves provide convenient, table-ready storage for clean dishes.
Photo By Peter Mauss
In the evening glow, stone steps lead to the entry of one of Diana and Roy Vagelos’ houses on Martha’s Vineyard. The home’s white-cedar shingles are made by Maibec, a Canadian manufacturer that buys 80 percent of its cedar logs from the Seven Islands Land Company in Maine, which is certified as a producer of sustainably managed wood products.
Photo By Peter Mauss
In the evening glow, stone steps lead to the entry of one of Diana and Roy Vagelos’ houses on Martha’s Vineyard. The home’s white-cedar shingles are made by Maibec, a Canadian manufacturer that buys 80 percent of its cedar logs from the Seven Islands Land Company in Maine, which is certified as a producer of sustainably managed wood products.
Photo By Peter Mauss
The high timber-frame ceilings, made of aged reclaimed pine with a soft patina, allow for tall transoms that bring light deep into the room. The stone fireplace is surrounded by cypress built-ins.
Photo By Peter Mauss
In the evening glow, stone steps lead to the entry of one of Diana and Roy Vagelos’ houses on Martha’s Vineyard. The home’s white-cedar shingles are made by Maibec, a Canadian manufacturer that buys 80 percent of its cedar logs from the Seven Islands Land Company in Maine, which is certified as a producer of sustainably managed wood products.
The stone patio rises out of the landscape to floor level, supported by rough stone walls and protected by a curved bronze railing.
Photo By Peter Mauss
The approach to the house reveals a collage of roofs that dips in the middle to allow a glimpse of the Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands beyond.
Photo By Peter Mauss
The open-air outdoor shower is made of salvaged redwood beer-tank stock and reclaimed cypress scribed to natural granite boulders found on the site.
Photo By Peter Mauss
Main Floor
Secound Floor
The house has no air conditioning, so the open-on-three-sides screened porch, with ceiling fans, provides a cool summer living room with a view.
Photo By Peter Mauss
South Mountain builders devised a complex system to join the sassafras branches with the roof.
Photo By Peter Mauss
Lower Level
The welcoming entry porch is framed using sassafras trees harvested from the site. The lift of the beam perfectly frames the front door.
Photo By Peter Mauss

















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