significance for the couple.
Mix-matched doors aside, the entry hall sets
the tone for the entire house, with a rustic,
dry-laid stone floor, expertly crafted staircase
and joisted ceiling adding to the sense of
weight and solidity as it opens into the 20-by-
40-foot great room which incorporates the
kitchen, living and dining areas. “Two massive
exposed merbau beams structurally support
the floor above and subtly demarcate the living
room, dining room and kitchen areas below,”
Three large sets of French doors with
transom windows allow for light and gentle
breezes to flood the space as they open onto a
12-by-40-foot verandah overlooking the Great
Sound. On the western end of the great room,
two smaller French doors flanking the fireplace
lead out to a sunny, bricked patio.
The design of the kitchen area was deliberately downplayed to better flow with the
easy-living feel throughout the entire grand
space. A French blue island, antiqued white
cabinetry and smartly hidden appliances work
well to keep the functionality of the kitchen
unobtrusive, while a well-designed pantry off
to the side allows all the necessary cleaning and
storing functions to be subtly hidden from view.
A custom-built wooden spiral staircase off the
pantry leads down to a wine cellar and wet bar
that services the house, pool and dock below.
On the lower level, a guest room runs
parallel to the 60-by-6-foot heated lap pool
under the verandah. A durable bathroom that
services both the pool and the boat dock was
finished with polished concrete by Concrete
Works and balanced with warm wood accents,
such as a custom vanity and Dutch door.
On the upper level of the house, visitors are
greeted by a beautifully exposed frame roof
over a large, bright and airy landing doubling
as a home office. Two bedroom suites beyond
are gracefully connected by a substantial built-
in bookcase that would be the dream of any
In stark contrast to the busy road above,
the master bedroom is a surprisingly peaceful
retreat—its rich merbau wood floors lending
a sense of weight and the views from the large
traditional windows carrying the eye over the
waters of the Sound. The vaulted ceiling with
its exposed rafters provides the balance, making the room feel even larger than it is.
The exposed-rafter ceiling and wood floors
maintain the open feel through to the master
bath. “The master bath’s exposed roof framing
creates a sense of space and interest while the
custom vanity and blue claw-foot soaking tub
keep to the traditional style without being too
serious,” said Bigley.
Impressively concealed under the new lay-by, created for parking on the roadside above,
is an equally detailed 900-square-foot studio
apartment. The main room features a spacious
living and kitchen area which extends to a
porch overlooking the Sound, while a quirky
teardrop-shaped bathroom and a laundry
room flank either side of the bedroom area.
Rather than being meticulously mani-
Above: The casual kitchen was designed to feel part of the open-plan living area.
Left: The wet bar is accessed via a spiral staircase off the kitchen area.