Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Architectural firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva transformed what was described as an uninspired Cape built in the 1980s, into a work of art with the character, scale and presence befitting its rural seaside neighbourhood. The exterior received a major facelift with all new windows, doors, roofing and siding, while interior mechanicals, plumbing and lighting were also replaced. The floor plan was expanded with a new open kitchen, breakfast room and family room and what had previously been attic space was turned into a new bedroom suite. The firm noted that, “Newly located windows, and in some cases larger windows than had been existing, improve natural light and open the rooms to views of the large property of gently rolling terrain. The bright spaces and new cherry lined study are appropriate settings for the owner’s elegant furniture, antiques and art work.” The firm went on to say, “The property into which this house is nestled is off a winding dirt road in a hilly, remote and wooded part of Cape Cod. The house sits on a knoll at the edge of a salt marsh with bay and ocean views in the distance. Tall trees surround the other three sides. Other than a fisherman’s shack at the water’s edge, no structures are visible from the house. The large overhangs, exposed rafter tails and Gothic tracery of the house recall the sheltering canopy of the surrounding trees. These elements also suggest the architecture of old family camp bungalows in northern New England, and allude to the region’s Gothic Revival communities of the mid-19th Century (such as Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard). Other influences came from 19th Century New England mill buildings and broadly gabled shingle style and arts-and-crafts houses.” Photography by Brian Vanden Brink.