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Paul Lazes, of Rock Pond Custom Kitchen, Returns to His Roots

Paul Lazes, of Rock Pond Custom Kitchen,  Returns to His Roots 

For nearly 20 years,  Paul Lazes Designs, Inc. designed gut renovations of apartments and town houses in Manhattan and surrounding areas.  When Mr. Lazes arrived in Martha’s Vineyard, 13 years ago, with his family, he decided to shift his career to focus on cabinetry design and opened Rock Pond Custom Kitchens. “We arrived with our son, Avery, who was just turning five and I decided I didn’t want to try and build a residential design business which takes several years to get up and running.  I preferred having a more contained business, cabinetry, which allowed me more time with our son.  I was a bit of a Mr. Mom for several years.  I could do my work while Avery was in school and pick him up around 3 to spend the rest of the day with him.”

But, for the past several years, with his son an independent teenager, Mr. Lazes has been scouring the Vineyard for the right home to renovate.  That search ended last fall when he and his brother, Richard, came across 97 William Street.  Built in 1836, this stately, Greek Revival- the Berkshire House – is being entirely restored with 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths plus 5 working fireplaces.  It’s located on the most beautiful street in Vineyard Haven, in the heart of the historic district, William Street.

Built originally as an inn and typical of the period,  the building was divided into many small rooms.  Mr. Lazes combined several of these rooms, removed a back staircase and eliminated a few hallways to improve the flow of the house, enlarge the rooms substantially and bring light into the center of the home.

“Demolition was the hardest part of this project,” says Mr. Lazes, “the house was structurally in excellent shape, but the main chimney sank nearly 5” which took the floors with it.  As we started to remove more and more of the building, it became clear the best solution was to literally remove about half the floors and re-level the building from the ground up to the roof.”

“Seven months into the project, all the heavy lifting has be completed and it’s now about putting the icing on the cake,” explains Mr. Lazes.  “All the plumbing, electrical and heating has been replaced and AC is now throughout the building.  It is heavily insulated.  The home has been sheet-rocked and the original plaster is being restored. We’re hoping we find an interested buyer who wants to select their own finishes so the house has their signature.   In the meantime, we continue to work on the house, adding moldings, flooring, cabinetry and all the finishing elements.  Our plan is for the house to be complete this October, ready for a cozy fall with 5 fireplaces to curl up next to and read a book.”

For more information, please contact Mr. Lazes by phone at 774-253-3828 or [email protected].
Paul Lazes, of Rock Pond Custom Kitchen, Returns to His Roots