May 22, 2024


Body and Interior

Cozy beach house retreat with amazing views of Edgartown Harbor



This cozy beach house was designed as a family retreat by Hutker Architects along with Holmes Hole Builders perched high on a bluff overlooking Edgartown Harbor, Massachusetts. Used for family gatherings during the summer months, this dwelling is reminiscent of a European hilltop village, with the main house connecting to outbuildings, a pool, and a private dock below through a series of rustic footpaths, gardens, and landscape features.

Details on the interior and exterior were designed to highlight the organic shapes and textures of natural materials, perhaps most notably in the home’s outdoor pool grotto and in its living room fireplace, which appears to have been pieced together from twigs, pebbles, and branches gathered for the surrounding woods.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Hutker Architects BUILDER Holmes Hole Builders INTERIOR DESIGNER Havilande Whitcomb Design MASON Lew French


The exterior exudes traditional New England vernacular, yet features expansive walls of glazing and the flow of a contemporary interior. The exterior consists of a series of gable roof forms positioned along the ridge of a coastal bank. The procession extends past a stone grotto, pool and spa, in-law suite, and morning terrace, before arriving at a semi-circular view deck.


The combined use of mahogany, western red cedar, and reclaimed barn board provides a weathered and timeless appearance on the exterior facade. Traditional use of materials and detailing anchors the home to its site while large expanses of glass and stone offers a more contemporary feel.


The extensive use of natural materials throughout this dwelling provides a calming oasis in a busy world.



Bringing exterior materials into the interior and opening the central floor plan to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, enables a small footprint to feel more spacious.


What We Love: This cozy beach house provides a family with a wonderful waterfront retreat for large gatherings. Idyllic views from large walls of glass offer a calming living environment to relax and unwind. We are loving all of the rustic details in this home with the wood beams and stone-clad fireplaces for a casual and cozy atmosphere. Overall, the project team did an absolutely amazing job of creating a warm and inviting home for family getaways.

Tell Us: What elements in this home do you find most appealing and what would you change? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Massachusetts: Tour this idyllic Nantucket beach house with an inviting vibe and New England modern farmhouse delivers nature-inspired living spaces.




Upstairs the natural finishes offer warmth and intimacy to the bedrooms. A timber frame garage, gym, and living quarters support the home and provide rainwater collection to irrigate the landscape plantings and meadows.










PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Vanden Brink