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Custom Cape Cod boathouse by McPhee Associates of Cape Cod
Posted Aug 30 at 2:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Ahhhh, Cape Cod….sandy beaches, tangles of beach plum, classic weathered shingles. There is an undeniable vibe to this idyllic locale and the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and certain staples that we’ve come to associate with the good-for-the-soul summertime haunt. When we think of the Cape and Islands, sun-swept boardwalks, refreshing outdoor showers, perch-perfect...
The Arts and Crafts-style meets English Country in a custom suburban Boston home
Posted Aug 26 at 4:28 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Architect John MacDonald of Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc. took a different approach when designing a new home for a genial, multigenerational family, who, after living in California, has put down roots in a wooded suburban lot in the Boston area. Instead of reinterpreting the Colonials and Tudors that dot the picturesque locale, MacDonald channeled the Arts and Crafts style, creating...
Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center Coastal Kitchen Design
Posted Aug 21 at 3:01 PM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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Whether or not your home has actual ocean views, the right coastal kitchen design can feature all that you love about your favorite shore. Here's how five pros achieve that end for their clients.  Instantly Entertaining in Chatham Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center; photo by Derrick Zellman Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center Director Judy Whalen knew her clients were all about making the...
High-end landscape design and construction by Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Posted Aug 14 at 9:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Meandering pebble drives. Jaw-dropping views. Mossy, stepping-stone paths. Granite hardscapes that take on the tones of the lake. Landscape design/build firm Pellettieri Associates, Inc. brings nature’s splendor to higher ground. President George Pellettieri, who has been in the business for 35 years, offers advice for homeowners in search of the terrain of their dreams.  George’s foremost tip? “...
Inside a vexing renovation of a beloved Cape Cod home
Posted Aug 6 at 9:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A soft blue waterline remains prominently featured in the dining room of a Gambrel home nestled within a historic, picturesque village in Falmouth, surrounded by the sea on three sides. Painted by young decorative arts painter Ralph Cahoon, who came to be a noted Cape Cod luminary, the rhythmic detail marks the level of saltwater that the Great Hurricane of 1938 sent coursing through the cottage...
Sparkling pool design by Bernice Wahler Landscapes
Posted Jul 25 at 4:11 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We dive in to some spectacularly enticing pools by Boston’s most talented landscape architects and contractors. Whether you’re sitting beside them or fully submerged, these pools and pool terraces are nothing short of paradise.  Oyster Harbors Retreat Landscape design by Bernice Wahler Landscapes; contractor E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. This award-winning infinity-edge pool by Bernice Wahler...
Shingle Style Summer Home
Posted Jul 19 at 9:47 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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"All hail the view!” was the credo of the design and construction team of a traditional new summer home that sits atop a dune overlooking the tidal flats of Eastham. Any new construction worth its salt considers the assets of its site, but this bayside cottage, designed by architect Peter McDonald and built by Cape Dreams Building & Design, fully basks in it. The unique vantage, with its...
Contemporary Farmhouse
Posted Jul 17 at 12:00 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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For nearly 40 years, residential builder Andrew Flake, founder of Andrew A. Flake, Inc., has watched the level of sophistication of homes on Martha’s Vineyard climb. “It seems that with every new house the bar gets raised,” says Andrew. This home, tucked within the agrarian landscape of a historic Vineyard farm, is no exception. Designed by modernist Charles Rose, this vision in glass and cedar ...
Cape Cod Pool Barn
Posted Jul 8 at 12:00 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The moment homeowner/part-time designer Jill Morelli bought a salvaged soapstone sink from a Boston restoration store, she had a call to make. She phoned her husband to say, “I think we’re doing the barn, because I just bought the sink.” The two had been debating about whether to restore the barn on their Cape Cod property and turn it into a cool, multipurpose pool house/garage to accompany a...
Red, white and blue eat-in nook by Brookes and Hill custom builders
Posted Jul 2 at 12:24 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We pledge allegiance to this built-in eating nook by Brookes + Hill Custom Builders, pictured above. The sturdy scarlet table anchors the white semicircular seating, cushioned by royal blue seating and star throw pillows. Carter & Company Interior Design; photo by Michael J. Lee Photography Carter & Company’s crisp white kitchen (above) is as bright as a firework and equally swoon-worthy...

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