Jim and Regina Shakin knew their new home in Chatham would not always be strictly a seasonal residence. Eventually, in their retirement years, it would serve as their year-round home. So their mandate was clear when they decided to build on a spectacular lot overlooking Stage Harbor: Give us a home that is functional as a permanent residence but retains the summer charm of a vacation retreat.
To achieve that goal, they turned to Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders of Chatham, a local company that has been designing remarkable homes since 1996. With an eye on creating the best of both worlds, project architect Sharon DaSilva produced a visually stunning property that features dazzling water views from every main room in the house and a series of porches, terraces and balconies offering a multitude of outside areas in which to savor the surroundings. The home is included in the company’s book Shingled Houses in the Summer Sun, now on sale at local bookstores.
Photography by: Randall Perry
Design & Build: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architect Builders
One home; two very different looks
“The homeowners were pretty clear that they wanted a home that was somewhat like a Cape farmhouse, something very welcoming from the front, yet would also serve as a vacation home,” said Peter Polhemus, president and CEO and recently named the “Custom Home Builder of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders replica watches. “So when you look at it, the front has a more traditional view, with a detached garage that is in keeping with a Cape house from the early 1900s. But as you walk to the front door, you can see straight through the house to the water in the back.”
A granite pillar at the beginning of the driveway beckons visitors onto the property. The garage, tucked behind a tree, sits to the left of the house, and is adjacent to the swimming pool. With a replica watches uk laundry room, half-bath and changing area, the garage also serves as a pool house. The uniquely designed pool, created by Hawk Design Inc. of Charlestown and Orleans, is striking for its absence of hardscape. “The pool is basically set into the lawn, with just a four-foot coping around the outside,” Polhemus says. “It seems much more rural, like you’re stepping into a pond.”
The 67-foot covered porch features a mahogany deck, with bead board siding of clear red cedar and an Azek roof. It wraps around to a 1,200-square foot three-season porch that includes a fireplace. By contrast, the porch at the back of the house is made of bluestone and steps down to a bluestone terrace. Even the windows are dramatically different from the front to the back of the house. Traditional double-hung windows highlight the front, while summery casement windows, with transom-like panes over a single large pane, strike an entirely different view at the back.
The 4,150-square foot home sits on 1.18 acres and has four bedrooms (three on the second floor, the master on the first), three full baths and two half-baths. Unstained quarter sawn oak floors and a kitchen island with a hardwood counter-top provide warmth and balance to the granite counters, the white bead board and chair rails flowing through common areas and the light, seaside colors.
Exceptional areas for entertaining
The kitchen, dining room and living room are separated by grand openings, making for easy entertaining. A plethora of French doors and windows throughout the three rooms maximize the water views. Tray ceilings offer another unique detail, both through the usage of colors – the dining room ceiling is sea green – and shape. “By dropping them around the edges and making them higher in the middle you provide definition,” DaSilva says.
The Wood-Mode kitchen, designed by Classic Kitchens of Hyannis, is set off the three-season porch. Lightly painted maple cabinets and a farmer’s sink maintain the combination of summer and year-round living, with a full pantry nearby offering ample storage and space.
The first-floor master bedroom features a built-in desk and bookcases, with a sitting room and French doors leading to a terrace. A bedroom on the second floor has a balcony, once again offering panoramic water views.
“In the end, I really think this house meets (the homeowner’s) criteria. It sits wonderfully on the site,” Polhemus said.