For this house overlooking a salt water pond, my clients
wanted a cozy little cottage, but one with an open floor plan, large
public rooms, a sizable eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, three and
a half baths, and a den. To create this big house in a small package,
we drew upon the Cape Cod tradition with a series of volumes stepping
back along the edge of the coastal bank. From the street the house
appears as a classic half Cape, but what looks like the main house
is only the master suite. The two “additions” that appear
behind it contain most of the house.
The main entry is from the small farmer’s porch into a surprisingly
spacious vaulted stair hall lit by a doghouse dormer and three small
windows running up along the stair. The living room, dining room
and kitchen are all open to each other, but defined by columns,
ceiling beams and the substantial kitchen island. Large windows
and glass doors at the back of the house provide views of the water.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms
including a second master suite with its own fireplace. The
extensive millwork, trim, interior doors, paneling, ceiling
treatments, stairs, railings and cabinets were all built on
site. The construction of the kitchen was the subject of an
article in Fine Homebuilding magazine.