The two had been searching for a vacation home on the rural island for years when they finally spotted potential, under a layer of peeling linoleum flooring and pink plywood walls, in a former shipbuilder’s cabin from the late 19th century. Over the course of a year, Pfeiffer’s design team led a gut renovation of the home, stripping layers of various misbegotten decorative styles from the 1,900-square-foot home and adding back in historical charm—or, to put it succinctly, “eradicating a 1960s rambler vibe out of an original 1898 house,” says Pfeiffer.
In a nod to the cabin’s original owner, the interiors now also allude to its roots: The couple’s home is peppered with nautical references—from the subtle (brass hardware in the kitchen, a focus on the color blue) to the straightforward (artwork of coastal life and portraits of sailors).
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Photography by Thomas J. Story, courtesy of Hoedemaker Pfeiffer.
Above: A blue front door references the waterfront views just behind the house.
Above: Pfeiffer’s favorite room, the living room with its library wall. The design team sourced a mix of antiques and primitive nautical objects for the interiors.
Above: The cedar-paneled walls in every room were painted a soft white for cohesiveness.
Above: Expert layering is evidenced in every corner. An early 19th-century set of croquet pegs makes for a sculptural display.
Above: The only element that survived the renovation? The 1950s kitchen cabinets, now painted a gray-blue and appointed with brass hardware for a nautical feel. Formica countertops (new) further the old beach-cottage story.
Above: Salvaged Douglas fir planks from Second Use make up the floors.
Above: The couple and their dogs lounge in the sun room. Note the wood panels laid at an angle in this room.
Above: The master bedroom with an ensuite bath. The home’s reclaimed doors are from Second Use.
Above: Also from Second Use: the circa-1920s tub in the master bath. A pair of signal flags found in Provincetown make charming curtains.
Above: The hardworking mudroom, complete with sturdy hooks; a round porthole-like mirror; a nautical cleat door handle (and improvised leash holder); and industrial nautical sconces. (See Nautical Hardware: 7 Cleats for Home Use.)
Above: The couple added a window to the original front porch to make it an all-season sitting area.
Above: Unbeatable views from their multi-tiered deck.
For more island style, see:
Seattle Chef Matt Dillon’s Cookhouse at Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island
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A Chic Fixer-Upper on Fire Island, Budget Edition
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