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Every Home Should Tell a Story Architect Patrick Ahearn's home in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, has a past that could inspire a novel. Originally built in the 1790s as a mid- shipman's home, it was enlarged twice over the next century, first with the addition of an attached barn and then, when the family grew, a free- standing livery stable that provided access to the commercial zone of the waterfront. Technically speaking, however, the home is only a few years old. You see, Ahearn, a Wellesley resident, thinks that all homes should start with a story. By grounding them in the past, Ahearn believes that even new homes can have an implied history that contributes to their surroundings while allowing for how people want to live today. "New England vernacular architecture developed over time," explains Ahearn. "There were houses, there were barns, and there were outbuildings." When designing, Ahearn embraces these roots, espe- cially in historic villages like Edgartown where zoning restrictions are rigid and residents' expectations for summer enjoyment are high, to create second homes that are highly functional but still historically correct. Ahearn's own second home is the perfect example of this tech- nique. Measuring only thirty-eight feet in width and thirty-two feet in height, he knew it needed to sleep his five grown children and their many guests. He also wanted the home to be centered around an out- door courtyard and pool. So Ahearn got creative and drew on the con- cept of multiple buildings. The imagined barn is actually attached to the main house and features a covered porch with an outdoor fireplace that opens to the pool. The imagined livery stable became a carriage house with a guest apartment and a ground floor that functions as a Reinventing the Summer House P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F P A T R I C K A H E A R N / G R E G P R E M R U P H O T O G R A P H Y 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 PATRICK AHEARN Patrick Ahearn, Architect www.patrickahearn.com 617.266.1710 or 508.939.9312 Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 048-057_WWMb14_summer homes_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 1:52 PM Page 50