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A creative renovation transforms this historical fisherman’s cottage into a dreamy New York farmhouse escape.

The quintessential farmhouse is one that brings us a little respite from our hectic modern lives. Husbandand-wife duo Steve Schappacher and Rhea White, respectively architect and interior designer of Schappacher White Architecture DPC, were looking when they discovered an old fisherman’s cottage on Shelter Island, New York.

“This was one of the sweetest tiny houses on the island,” Rhea says, “only accessible by ferry.” Drawn to its rustic charm and historical locale, the couple decided to take on an extensive renovation to transform the dilapidated cottage into a dream coastal farmhouse escape.

“This was one of the sweetest tiny houses on the island, only accessible by ferry.”


Built in 1904, the home had no shortage of historical atmosphere, but that also meant there was a lot of restoration to be done. “There was roofing work, trim work; we gutted the first floor,” Steve and Rhea say. “The original wood posts were eaten by termites and needed to be completely replaced.” They also installed a bathroom to the first floor and “jacked the building up” to create a second.

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