Text by Catherine Kozak
Inspired by the unique architecture of a late-19th century lifesaving station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Pat and Michael Mansfield built their home, dubbed “M. Kinnakeet,” alongside a creek where the notorious pirate Blackbeard prowled three centuries ago. Their coastal cottage is fashioned with tucked-in dormers, a wood-shingled exterior, a panoramic watchtower, wrap-around porches covered by a hip roof, and shuttered windows.
The wide, covered porches that wrap around the house, the natural landscaping with native plants, and the riverfront vista dovetailed perfectly with the couple’s love of the outdoors. Pat took a master gardener class and designed the landscaping on the property: winding brick paths, a garden pool, and a mix of potted plants, benches, rocking chairs, and statuary.