Sometime in the 1990’s the owners of a typical 1940’s era cape on Cape Cod expanded by moving an old barn to the site, adding it to one side, and repurposing it as living space. The barn was charming aesthetically but marginally functional as living space, so when our clients bought the property they asked us to renovate the cape and replace the barn.
|Scope of Work||Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction|
|Finished Space Above Grade||3,345|
|Photography||Brian Vanden Brink, Dan Cutrona|
With no room to expand and very little outdoor living space on the waterfront, they purchased this property to accommodate visits from their large extended family and friends. They liked the old cape/barn juxtaposition and sought to invoke it’s feeling on the entry side, but they asked for a contemporary style addition overlooking the large sweeping lawn at the back.
Our addition sits in the same location as the previous barn, and is designed to symbolically suggest “barn” when approached down the driveway. A new entry porch connects the board-and-batten clad “barn” to the side of the shingled old cape and provides shelter for a new entry door. A one-car garage tucked under the driveway side of the addition allows storage for the client’s classic farm truck.
This is a contrast to the old cape that sits immediately adjacent and contains cozier renovated spaces. The addition is symmetrical and has a classical feeling, but the details are modern, allowing it to be in character with the social barn we created at the other end of the field.