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Inspiring Projects

High-end landscape design and construction by Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Posted Aug 14 at 9:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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...
Real-life boat repurposed as a bar for a Cape Cod game room
Posted Jun 28 at 9:47 PM in Inspiring Projects by Kendra Keelan
When we first caught wind that Sand Dollar Customs was building a “boat bar” for the first level of a Snug Harbor home, we envisioned a small replication of a handsome wooden hull or maybe a poignant reference to a ship’s wheel or anchor. However, we soon learned that the Cape Cod builder and remodeler took the concept to a whole new—and intriguing—level. This handsome custom bar, christened “...
Woodland landscape setting by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects
Posted Jun 14 at 3:56 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
While it’s true that petals have power, area landscape architects are also cultivating woodland and contemporary gardens that are devoid (or nearly devoid) of flowers. Instead, these high-end Boston and Cape Cod landscape professionals are using contrasting swaths of green, playing with the height and sway of natural grasses and shrubs, and making a statement with stone.    a Blade of Grass In...
Waterside Fire Pit Terrace by Boston Area Landscape Contractor Schumacher Companies
Posted Jun 13 at 10:18 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
There is outdoor living, and there is outdoor living. For about nine months now, we’ve all yearned to be in spaces that soak up the sun, the sky or the sea. We take a look at some incredible outdoor spaces by Boston and Cape Cod’s top landscape professionals, architects and builders.  Nantucket Playground Landscape architecture and outdoor furniture by Gregory Lombardi Design Incorporated;...