Imagine a home for every mood – urban sophistication, island getaway, country comfort. While all moods might not be covered, this couple enjoys the contrast afforded by their homes in Boston, Florida and on the Cape, especially now that a 13-month renovation of their new Osterville home delivers just the right mix of Cape Cod mellow and crisp modern aesthetic to provide a refreshing counterpoint to their other residences.

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The home’s family room has a two-story ceiling highlighted by a series of dramatic arches.

Photography by Dan Cutrona
Written By: Lenore Cullen Barnes
Design & Build: Bayside Builders
Appliances provided by KAM Appliances

Something different on the Cape

“Our homes in Florida and Boston are done in very classical furnishings and we wanted this one to be different because I was tired of looking at them,” says the owner. “Here at the Cape, we wanted a water view and an open contemporary feeling.”

They got both, along with 8,000-plus square feet of stunning design and state-of-the-art technology. The team at Bayside Builders fulfilled the owners’ desire for a sleek modern vibe via a wealth of custom details inside and out. Eyebrow dormers on the back side of the house and an eyebrow porch over the front entrance establish a “swoop” pattern that is repeated throughout the home. The vertical lines of two cupolas and dual copper hip roofs in the rear insert a clean contemporary look. A natural driftwood palette is established by the soft hue of the white cedar shingles, light trim and roof, in Alaskan white cedar shingle. Sashes, highlighted in a darker tone, act “almost like eye-shadow,” according to Jimmy Bowes, vice president of sales for Bayside Builders.

“Even the landscaping is very Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket-like,” says Bowes. “You have a beautiful lawn backed by waist-high wild grass. No stark colors.”

That serenity, and comfortable spaces to accommodate their children and grandchildren, is just what the owners had in mind. “I find the Cape to be very calming,” says the owner. “We wanted everything open and airy. Even with the furnishings we leaned toward a sparser look.”


The front of the expansive home features a varied roofline, dormers and subtle swoom detailing over the entrance.

Highlighting the view

Because the home is 190 feet long but only 28 feet deep, almost every room is awash in light from floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the west-facing views onto a tributary of North Bay. A screened porch and deck off the living and dining rooms descend to a stone deck, with a full outdoor kitchen and an infinity pool. Wire railings barely interrupt the view.

That view greets everyone who steps through the main entrance. With a stainless steel-and-glass floating staircase to the left, the foyer opens onto a two-story living room and dining room. The entire rear wall is made up of windows; clean-lined neutral toned furnishings concede to the outdoor views. A built-in buffet in the dining room is topped in Caesarstone, which also surrounds the mirror above.

In the kitchen, a stainless steel island, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and glass lacquer and pickled-oak cabinets by SieMatic maintain the contemporary scheme.

In the sunken family room, curved beams arching across the cathedral ceiling are echoed in the adjacent screened porch. The two-sided fireplace is a dramatic focal point, tiled in a textured limestone. “There are only two designs, but they’re fitted together like a puzzle in varying patterns and finished on the corners with a scalloped edge,” says Bowes. Lights set into the hearth illuminate the bas-relief of the limestone towering above.

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Left: The dramatic floating staircase, with multiple turns, has an almost sculptural feel. Right: A soaring two-story space greets visitors just inside the front door; the dining area is positioned to one side.

An amazing au pair suite

A two-bedroom au pair suite fills the space above the three-car garage, accessed by an outdoor stairway or through a sun-filled loggia, capped by an atrium skylight. White board and batten walls, floors in French white oak, and an open staircase with custom-cut railings and newels reinforce the clean linear design. The stylish suite includes a kitchenette, dining and sitting area, laundry space, and two en-suite bedrooms. Designer track lighting and custom square LED recessed lights add chic accents. Strips of the sea-glass tile covering the shower walls run through the floors.

Details like linear drains in all showers, two-inch thick vanity tops in Thassos marble or Caesarstone with mitered seams, and wall-mounted faucets set the standard for the eight full bathrooms and two half-baths throughout the home.


A third-floor bathroom is tucked up under the eaves giving it a unique overall shape.

A masterful master

The wing off the living room is dedicated to the couples’ private space. A sequence of two pocket doors can close off the entire suite – including his and hers studies, his and hers baths, a walk-in closet and master bedroom – or leave the husband’s study open to the more public areas. Both studies and the bedroom take full advantage of the view. “His” master bath is a wonderland of technology and artisanship. A mirror above the marble vanity lifts garage-door style to reveal a television. Kohler panels inside and outside the steam shower ensure that water at the perfect temperature streams from the twelve showerheads. Marble tiles by KRC, laid in a wave pattern on the floor, bring old-world artistry and elegance to the space.

From the wife’s study at the far end of the home, stairs descend to the gym and spa bath. The steam shower is sheathed in black marble, white Thassos marble and glass, and a floating bench of black Caesarstone. LED lighting tucked into troughs in the floor illuminate the accent wall and pebbled seaglass tile on the floor mimics the shower walls.

The entire house is a Smart Home, programmed by New England Home Technologies, enabling the owners to control lighting, media and heat from their Florida home – or anywhere else the mood takes them.

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The master suite includes a spacious bedroom, his-and-hers closets and bathrooms and a private office.


The colors used throughout the home, including the kitchen, are done in a modern palette of pale grays.

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The living area is opposite the dining area on the main level of the home.

 Article published in 2013-14 issue.

For more contemporary designs, check out a cool condo renovation overlooking Lewis Bay in Hyannis.