There is a great article in this weeks Gazette entitled “They Came, They Saw, They Moved in: Exploring the Vineyard’s Counterculture Roots” which talks about folks that landed on Martha’s Vineyard in the 70’s. John Abrams who started South Mountain Company at that time was one of several people mentioned in the article. 37 years later SMC, a worker owned business, still design + build beautiful homes but now offer solar and deep energy retrofits to new and existing buildings. This summer camp was retrofitted with solar energy and a wood burning stove to increase energy efficiency through out the year.
These organizations play an important role for families of modest incomes to find an affordable solution to housing in the overpriced market on Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you for all you do.
Originally published in the Home & Garden Fall-Winter 2011-2012 edition of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, view the article here
Builder: Concept Building LLC
Subs Contractors: Brickstone Construction, A&F Concrete, Thornton Chandler Roofing, Martha’s Vineyard Plumbing & Acme Excavation
Concept Building LLC is committed to building beautifully crafted homes with the highest quality materials possible. Jeff Capello, president of Concept, started this company to not only build great houses but to build relationships as well. “100’s of companies are able to build a great house but only a few are able to build a great house while maintaining a clients excitement and enthusiasm from the first shovel to the move in day.” Capello tries to bear the burden of a builds challenges and decisions that are sometimes difficult on clients. This former house on Edgartown Harbor was a ranch with an indoor pool owed by the late Arthur Young. Before the house was tore down the flooring, wide plank Fir that was salvaged from an old ship, were pulled and installed by Habitat for Humanity for one of their a new homes on Martha’s Vineyard.
This home is a shingle style open floor plan. The Alaskan yellow cedar roof is one of the home’s most subtle features. The bleached shingles help soften the façade. The interior is covered in woodwork, coffered and beaded ceilings. There is wainscoting and paneled walls throughout. Scores of windows welcome the morning sunrise and smother the interior with light all day. The rear deck is a welcoming spot with a Gobi stone patio where several chaise lounges are waiting for your derriere to land.
Design, Build and Construction: Soikkeli & Company
This house was featured in the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine – Home and Garden Winter 2010 issue.
There is a new additional to the North Tisbury landscape. Just completed and adjacent to the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, is their sister building and home to the Martha’s Vineyard Financial Group. MacNelly Cohen Architects, referencing the agricultural landscape of Martha’s Vineyard, incorporated a silo into their design. This architectural focus point greets visitors from the parking lot and in the interior foyer and stairwell of the building. Interior designer Annie Parr of Island Interiors pairs color, fabric and furniture to complement the space and enhance its functionality. Stay tuned for exteriors photos, come the thaw and greening this Spring.
This wooden panel is part of the curve of the silo and softly curves into the waiting room.