The homeowners bought this Cape Cod property over a decade ago, loving the location but not the banal house that sat on it. Located in a sensitive area, on a peninsula with a salt water pond on three sides, presented challenges when deciding to rebuild. The newly constructed house was required to use the footprint of the original house and also adhere to the same height. Because the house is located in a flood plain, it could not have a finished basement, and instead flood vents had to allow water to flow through.
The clients requested a welcoming, nautically-inspired home where their family could gather. Our firm designed and built the house with twin gables and a centered front door set into a shallow, arched entry porch. The exterior features traditional white cedar shingles, a red cedar roof, and decorative window shutters with anchor cutouts. The front facade has traditional windows, while the rear facade is open to the view with large windows and French doors that open to a large terrace and outdoor kitchen. For the interior, the homeowners wanted a nautical, playful feeling with open spaces. The kitchen was particularly important to them. When walking into the home, it is like walking into a classic yacht. The front door leads into a dining room that opens to the back of the house. The ceiling vaults like a yacht's cabin and makes the most of the low room heights designated by the building code. To one side of the dining room is the kitchen and to the other is the living room, which features a whale's tail mantel carved from black granite. Other whimsical details throughout the house include the tugboat wall in the bunk room and built-in wooden canopy over the master bed. Mahogany beams glow against white-painted woodwork, curves and swooping arches define spaces, and meticulously crafted cabinetry can be found in nearly every room. The homeowner named their house "Summer Mooring," saying the home is seamlessly integrated into its coastal environment and grounds their family, allowing them to relax and connect.
The house's bunk room received a 2018 BRICC Award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC). This room spans two floors and is accessible off of the living room from the first floor as well as via a door at the top of the stairs from the second floor. Once in the room, one can climb a custom ladder on either side of the room. Special features include waves carved into the wood, a tugboat wall and nautically-inspired bunks and decor.