At Home in the Pinehills

The home’s location is The Pinehills in Plymouth, but the feeling is of being on Martha’s Vineyard, where quaint gingerbread cottages evoke old-world charm and craftsmanship.

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“The design was inspired by those cottages on the Vineyard and Cape Cod,” says Glenn MacKenzie of MacKenzie Brothers Corp. of Marstons Mills.

As custom builders with a flair for innovation, MacKenzie Brothers was selected two years ago from a pool of candidates to build HGTV’s Green Home, which is also in The Pinehills. They were rewarded for their creativity with the 2010 National Association of Home Builders Gold Award for “Best Built Green Home” and the 2010 NAHB Gold Award for “Best Single Family Home.”

Innovations and experience

Founded 30 years ago by Glenn and his brother, Gary, the company has moved forward with the times and now provides clients with a visual, interactive way to view their work.

“Imagine the ability to see your home being built online 24/7,” Glenn says. “We are proud to have a private system for clients to log in and view their dream home as it is built, with vivid digital images and descriptive information.”

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A green cottage

For The Pinehills project, MacKenzie Brothers designed a 2,500 square-foot home that combines the easy elegance of a summer cottage with the convenience of being located within walking distance of the Village Green. It’s a short stroll down a shaded walking path to the fresh food market, the post office, the bank, the liquor store, the café, the flower shop and a variety of seasonal events such as outdoor concerts and movies. The cottage includes a two-car garage, but owning an automobile hardly seems necessary.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath cottage is a certified Energy Star efficient home. Custom features abound, including a barrel vaulted cedar ceiling in the kitchen, dining room and family room, and a floor-to-ceiling New England fieldstone gas fireplace. “The fireplace is unique because we use real fieldstone. Not many builders do that,” MacKenzie says.

Unexpected touches

The home feels as though it has been added on to over time. The front porch overlooks the pocket park and is an ideal spot to settle into a rocker with a cool beverage. The first floor’s open living space flows seamlessly between the 10×15 kitchen, the dining room and the 18×13.6 family room. Red oak flooring and bead board ceilings capture a cottage sensibility, with oyster white kitchen cabinets, a walk-in pantry and a custom-built center island providing ample space to prepare meals and mingle with guests.

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The barrel ceiling catches your eye. “We always try to do something unique with all the ceilings we build,” MacKenzie says.

The carpeted first floor 14×14.6 master bedroom features his and hers walk-in closets. Twin sinks in the master bath are set on a Carrara marble vanity. The 4×6 walk-in shower has a combination of ceramic and glass tiles awash in white and sea green.

The first floor also includes a 10×13 home office with a cathedral ceiling, a powder room and a laundry with built-in cabinetry for storing cleaning supplies.

Two guest bedrooms, a shared bath and a loft/sitting area are situated on the second floor. The loft area has red oak flooring that also runs down the staircase. Each guest bedroom features white bead board walls, yet another reminder of a time gone by. Both bedrooms are expansive at 16×15 and 16×13, allowing for ample space for family members or guests.

“It feels like a cottage you went to as a kid to visit your grandparents,” MacKenzie says. “And because it was built inside the Village Green, you’re within walking distance of everything.”

DESIGN & BUILD: MacKenzie Brothers Corp.

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