When a family with five kids – the youngest a senior in high school and the eldest 30 years old – was looking for the right home for them in Cape Cod for over 10 years, it felt like serendipity when they finally found it. Living year-round in the suburbs of Boston, they had been coming every summer since their kids were small to the historic beach town. It was a place that had special significance for them, and they were looking for the perfect home of their own. They eventually came across a lot that had some of the most spectacular views of the ocean in all of the North East. The original house that stood on it had been built in the 1980s and had an unworkable layout, with a giant fireplace in the middle. Soon they realized that their renovation was going to be, in fact, a new build.
Having already worked on such projects before they amassed a team that included Kent Duckham as the architect, Steven Overstreet as the builder, and Lindsay Bentis of Thread Interiors as the interior designer. “They wanted a more open floor plan with the kitchen and family room facing the water, with space for gue3sts, and multiple seating and lounging areas outside,” Lindsay explained. “A modern house, but one that still could fit with the more traditional homes on the Cape.” One way they did this was choosing Alaskan Yellow Cedar for the exterior which weathers to a light gray for the exterior. “The cedar was chosen as it is a common siding material for Cape Homes,” the designer said. “We used cedar planks, which have a more modern look then shingles, but the weathered gray color helps blend with the older homes.” With an outdoor fireplace, kitchen and lounging areas the exterior spaces were given importance and had to be designed thoughtfully. The team brought on Stephanie Hubbard of Site Creative to bring the outdoor areas to life. To tie it all in, they used native plants for the front and backyard.
The 4000 square interior is divided into two levels as well as a finished basement: the kitchen, dining, den and family areas are on the ground floor, while the master bedroom and guest rooms are on the second. “We developed a floor plan that would allow the family to play together but still have private spaces to retreat to,” Lindsay said. “We created the sculptural stairway and ridge skylight, that allows light to flow all the way down to the kitchen, that anchors and unites all of the spaces.”
The finishes that Lindsay chose were key to pulling off the home’s overall concept. “The materials selected for the interior finishes have modern clean lines, but all have an organic, painterly and hand made quality,” she explained. “This can be seen in the many areas of tile, the blackened steel on the kitchen shelves and stairs, as well as the silvery oak cabinets in every room.” The tiles that Lindsay is referring to are the Zellige tiles by Ann Sacks that she used for the kitchen and the irregularly shaped ones by Heath Ceramics in the bathrooms. As for the decor, she went in a similar direction: “I wanted the furnishing and accessories to add another layer of texture and material to the already layered hard finishes,” the designer added. “We used neutral colors, textured, durable fabrics, leathers, woods, and metals. Nothing too precious. The art collection and ceramic objects were collected over the course of the project, from artists, galleries and flea markets – from both coasts. One stand-out art piece, for example, is the custom installation on the stair wall that changes in the sunlight by Carolina Sardi.”
After a year of planning and two for building, this Cape Cod home for a family of seven was finally complete. “The homeowners were thrilled with the end result – they said that it met all of their expectations and beyond and will be able to enjoy for generations to come,” Lindsay said.