When the current homeowners bought their Nantucket home, “The Sheiling” built in 1880, it was in desperate need of top-to-bottom TLC with a nonexistent foundation and a roof that was sagging and sloping. Architect Lyman Perry worked with contractor Ron Winters to lift the house on stilts, pour a concrete foundation, and build a basement. Once the structure was back on solid ground, they added about 15 feet to the rear of the house by extending the stem of the original T-shaped plan, lengthening the existing gambrel roof so effortlessly that it’s impossible to tell where old ends and new begins. A new guesthouse was built on the adjoining lot, set back to preserve the ample lawns and gardens of the original property, and to make room for a freshwater pool. (source)
The homeowner always imagined that it was a sea captain’s house, and interior designer Debra Blair worked with the architect to add the kinds of architectural details that would befit a prominent sea captain—crown moldings, wainscoting, built-in shelves, wood paneling, detailed antique fireplace mantels. Much of the design was driven by the owner’s collections and antiques, including blue and white Chinese porcelain, tea caddies, Nantucket lightship baskets, and sailor’s woolies. This beautiful home is now for sale! From the real estate listing:
Located just a short distance from the center of Sconset’s Main Street,”The Sheiling” is aptly named for this exquisite Ocean Avenue estate as it is a true shelter and oasis from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This elegant home with three full floors of living space and many custom details throughout offers expansive and panoramic ocean views from almost every room! The property is surrounded by mature landscaping with beautiful gardens. Also included are private beach stairs, a two car garage with a studio above, a “bunk house”, as well as a welcoming custom gunite pool for the warmer days of summer. There are several outdoor living spaces which include inviting covered porches which are perfect for an afternoon rest or morning coffee, as well as a privet hedged garden with a fire pit and water feature which is ideal for a cool summer evening. The interior and exterior of this lovely home offer wonderful entertaining spaces for small intimate dinners as well as large family gatherings. This is a great opportunity to purchase one of Nantucket’s most coveted oceanfront properties!
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For additional information on this beautiful home for sale, and to see many more pictures, please visit the real estate listing. You can learn more about the renovation here with article pictures here. And below are a few of my ideas to recreate the look at home!