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OCT 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE October 2018 111 trails, and it was clear from the out- set that the family wanted to maxi- mize the area's natural grace and serenity. They have a lively, ener- getic vibe, and they are open to new ideas. Very quickly, we meshed as a team and we set about designing their dream home." Ideas took shape and initial de - signs were examined, evaluated and improved. Amazingly, in just under three months, the final plans were approved—a contemporary casual family compound featuring a sprawl- ing, 6,000-square-foot main house with an adjoining cottage, a tennis court and a gym, and plenty of lawn space with lots of seating and a massive barbecue and fire pit. "Our annual fishing trip is a long- standing family tradition," notes Bob. "We want to be able to cook up the catch and enjoy it together outdoors in a comfortable, private setting." As with any project, there was a budget in place, and Griffin won - dered, for a time, if he could man- age to stay within the Keane's budget and still deliver the desired custom woodwork and other high- end amenities. Enter Nantucket builder Frank Daily. A leader in island renovations and home construction since 1997, Daily and his crew of craftsmen are committed to meeting the most meticulous specifications while pre - serving the area's culture and integ- rity—and to doing it while staying on budget. Like Griffin, he tuned in ear- ly to the contagious Keane vibe and quickly became a part of the team. "The Keanes wanted the sand in their feet. They envisioned an in- door/outdoor flow built for comfort and convenience, where people can feel at home," Daily says. "They're into beautiful but functional, a low- key lifestyle with high-end touches, and that's exactly what we built." It helped that the Keane's initial Nantucket home sold within the first two weeks on market. "It's a unique property even on this island full of lovely homes— four stories of living space includ - ing a finished basement, and lov- ingly decorated in the fun, beachy style that Laura appreciates," says Bernadette Meyer who, with part- ner Craig Hawkins of Maury People Sotheby's International Realty, was selected to represent the sale. The home sold, fully furnished and at top dollar for the market, to a family as eager to enjoy its ame- nities as the Keanes had been for years. "It was as smooth a transaction as I've ever seen," says co-agent Hawkins. "Bernadette and I are proud and happy to have been part of the Keane dream team." The Keane's new home blends easily into its natural setting on the island. Its cohesive, traditional farmhouse design, complete with porch and dormer windows, fea - tures unique elements like a prac- tical "beach room"—the Nantucket equivalent of an inland mud room— and a casual, welcoming vibe. Laura Keane, whose discerning eye helped to make the family's former getaway such a highly prized commodity, worked with interior de- signer Julie Furey, owner of Julians Interiors in Madison, Conn., to ensure the new home carries the same unerring style and ambience. Furey, who has worked with the Keanes before in both Nantucket and Connecticut, is familiar with the family's taste and lifestyle, and is happily in tune with their vision. "We went for clean lines, light, beachy colors, and a contemporary, nautical ambience that reflects the Nantucket environment," she says. "We wanted a cool palette and a light, airy feel that inspires relax - ation and leisure." One of the challenges of work- ing on an island, Furey explains, is getting furnishings that have been selected on the mainland delivered in a timely manner. "Nantucket is a three-hour trek from the mainland, including a one-hour ferry ride out of Hyannis," she notes. "It's hard to create an 'instant house' when piec - es of your design are still missing." Neither was it easy to manage a huge project from 200 miles away. But the Keanes were both pleased and patient. "We've been lucky to be working with an amazing team," says Laura. "I can't think of a thing we would have done differently." The family, she says, built much more than a home. "It's a special place where all the members of our extended family and friends will continue to gather for generations to come." And this past summer, the Keanes put the design and quality of the home to the test, comfort- ably hosting up to 19 people at once. According to the couple, "We are very happy with the decisions we made throughout the process, and the various people we worked with to help make our dream come true." RE

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