“The homeowners showed up at our office the morning after the fire, wearing brand-new clothes — because they’d lost everything — and asked us to help figure out the best thing to do,” says Volansky, who works for Cushman Design Group. Ultimately, the owners decided to build a new home based on the original structure: a 12-sided form inspired by the architecture of Shaker barns.

When design on the new house began, most of the collaboration between the architects and homeowners was done electronically — the family, which lives the better part of the year in Bermuda, embarked on an around-the-world sailing trip during construction. “We posted progress photos online and e-mailed drawings,” says Volansky. “The fact that we communicated remotely for most of the project is pretty incredible, but it all worked out very well.”