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Vernacular architecture uses regionally specific materials, methods, and design characteristics. Construction anywhere on Nantucket must meet extensive design regulations that place it into a vernacular deemed appropriate by historic district legislation. While the wisdom of such restriction is debatable, it does not mean that design for, and building on, the island eliminates creativity or the need for carefully considered work. It just means creativity must occur within established conventions. Meadowcrest was conceived to succeed on these terms—it fits into the local vernacular but is not identical to any other house on the island. It is unique to its site and specific to the needs and desires of a client whose family had retreated to a previous house on the beautiful Arcadian site for generations.

Meadowcrest PSD Entry
Scope of Work Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction
Finished Space Above Grade 3,502
Guest House Finished Space Above Grade 654
Photography Brian Vanden Brink
Nantucket PSD 1 Exterior
Nantucket PSD 2 R Front Porch

The property is a large open piece of land on a quite side road. Here, on the southern side of the island, it is a largely flat coastal plain adjacent to beach and open ocean.

There is little historic development, and it feels quite rural. Once on the property, the lightly wooded approach to the house is enhanced by a driveway that winds through the woods and keeps the house invisible from the street. At the front of the house the driveway enters a clearing and becomes a circle centered on the front door and a large flagpole. It then continues around one side to the garage/guest house, set well back on the property and near the mud room entry to the main house.

Nantucket PSD 3 R Stairhall
Meadowcrest PSD Living Room Detail
Nantucket PSD 3 Living Room
Nantucket PSD 4 L Kitchen Overall
Nantucket PSD 4 R Mudroom
Nantucket PSD 5 Overall
Nantucket PSD 7 L Laundry Room
Nantucket PSD 7 R Bedroom
Nantucket PSD 6 L Bedroom
Nantucket PSD 6 R Bathroom
Nantucket PSD 8 Finished Lower Levelt
Nantucket PSD 9 L Guest House
Nantucket PSD 9 R Exterior
Nantucket PSD 10 Exterior

Behind the house and next to the guest house a large field for play is partly bounded by a swimming pool, fire pit, and generous outdoor living and play spaces. There is subtle harmony between the main house, guest house, and outdoor spaces—it feels like a true private precinct, an oasis from everyday hurry and stress.

Nantucket PSD 12 Exterior
Nantucket PSD 13 Landscape

As Seen In...

PSD's "Meadowcrest" project on Nantucket is featured in the Summer 2023 issue of Cape Cod Home magazine.
Cape Cod Home

Hidden Treasure, by Chris White, Summer 2023.

PSD's "Meadowcrest" project is featured in Cape & Islands Design Guide 2022 issue.
Cape & Islands Design Guide

Island Oasis, by Maddie Brisbane, Annual 2022.