Contractors & Builders

Littoral Translation

POSTED: November 18th 2015

Preserving the Language of a historic home in a 21st-century context. Read more Click here to read more.

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Adding On and Moving Up

POSTED: November 19th 2014

In the face of conservation restrictions, a home is saved from the wrecking ball, receiving a major renovation instead. Read more Click here to read more.

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Savage Sophistication

POSTED: August 18th 2014

In an Outer Cape home designed by Hutker Architects, nature and novelty prevail. Read more Click here to read more.

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An Island Oasis

POSTED: March 18th 2014

With a limited lot size, restrictions on ridge height and a topsy-turvy topography, building this Chatham home on Morris Island presented a series of challenges. For Tim Smith of Minglewood Homes in Chatham, the answer was a Shaker-style structure with steep pitches on the roof to evoke a sense of grandeur. “We were trying to create a house that kept in character with Chatham,” Smith said. “There are arched entrances and tapered columns. The ridge height led us toward that design.” [caption id="attachment_1480" align="aligncenter" width="645"] A challenging piece of property offers a unique starting point for this classic house by Minglewood Homes.[/caption] Photography by D Click here to read more.

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A Modern Marvel

POSTED: January 15th 2014

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. Read more Click here to read more.

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A Childhood Dream Fulfilled

POSTED: December 18th 2013

Tara Conway had longed for a New England beach house since she was a child, when her family would annually spend summer vacations in Hampton Beach, N.H. So when Tara and her husband, Jim, began searching for a spot to escape the stifling summer heat of Texas, it was no surprise that they gravitated toward Rhode Island’s picturesque coastline. Read more Click here to read more.

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Newport Rebuild Brings Custom Details to Life

POSTED: October 4th 2013

When John Damon and John Harrington of The Damon Company were hired for the renovation of a 4,200-square foot home in Newport, R.I., they never expected to wind up doing a complete rebuild on that same house after it ended burning to the ground in December, 2005. Damon and Harrington immediately set about creating new plans – this time focusing on entirely new construction. While it might have been somewhat disheartening to start fresh, The Damon Company focused on an unseen benefit. “Certain pre-existing constraints from the original renovation could be circumvented in the rebuild,” said Damon, company president. “The overall design had more flexibility with the new construction Click here to read more.

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Restoring A Gem

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Now that buildable waterfront lots are almost unheard of on Cape Cod, the new trend is to buy a property and raze the existing house in order to build a dream home. But not all homeowners are interested in erasing the bit of history an existing structure provides. Even though it can be labor intensive and sometimes cost more in the long run, renovating an older home can be immensely satisfying as this homeowner discovered after hiring E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. to completely renovate both the house and property he bought on a private island facing Cotuit Bay. Photography by Dan Cutrona Construction: E.J. Jaxtimer “It was not a candidate for a tear down because it was so well const Click here to read more.

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A Space to Entertain

POSTED: October 4th 2013

When it came to renovating their existing kitchen and bath, the homeowners of this serene Jamestown, R.I. property looked no further than Lifestyle Designs of Newport to create an open, comfortable living area with a single purpose: to entertain. Partners Ramona Rodger and Barry Gano of Lifestyle Designs took the lead from start to finish and, with collaboration from the homeowners, dreamt up the expert blend of traditional style and contemporary accents. Photography by Chris Vaccaro Design & Build: Lifestyle Designs The homeowners, Jamestown residents for over 25 years, had recently downsized to this property – a move meant to ready the couple for retirement and to accommod Click here to read more.

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A New Angle on Tradition

POSTED: October 4th 2013

This young couple had been escaping to the Cape for years and fell in love with the calm, cool waters and sandy beaches of Cape Cod Bay. When they decided to build a place of their own for their family, they had strong opinions of what they wanted in their new house, and the traditional Cape Cod look and feel was paramount in their wishes. With this in mind, they turned to Northside Design, in Yarmouth Port, and McPhee Associates of East Dennis, to design and build their new home. Photography by Roe Osborn Construction: McPhee Associates, Inc. Classic, but with a new angle The design they chose was the time-honored Cape-style, but with a slightly different approach. At one end of t Click here to read more.

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Building a Legacy One Home at a Time

POSTED: October 4th 2013

When Ralph Nixon, owner of Prestige Home Building of Chatham, was a very young boy he spent his summers on construction job sites with his Swedish grandfather and dreamed of building houses when he grew up. He planned to pursue a career as a civil engineer or architect, but his life took a different path and instead he had a successful career in the banking and mutual fund industry. After dabbling in home building with his own homes over the years, he decided to start a second career as a custom home builder when he retired from his career in finance. And he couldn’t be happier with his decision. Photography by Amber Jane Barricman Construction:Prestige Home Building of Chatham A ba Click here to read more.

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Uncommon Perspective

POSTED: October 4th 2013

When a high-end apartment’s surroundings are a lush oasis amidst concrete and brick facades, the residence’s interiors must fit the impressive environment. The homeowners, art-loving real estate veterans with grown children, had a vision for the space but needed a cohesive team to carry out the extensive renovation. The condo was originally two units that had been completely gutted to make one long, large apartment with enviable views of the Boston Public Gardens and Boston Common in the background. Photography by Susan Teare Construction: Sea-Dar Construction A true collaboration “There wasn’t a single finished surface in the space, but it was easy to see the possibilities, Click here to read more.

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A Pond Side Timber Frame

POSTED: October 4th 2013

It was all about location for the homeowners of this Harwich Port home. The Harvard couple had long ties to Cape Cod. He grew up in Falmouth and she summered every year on Pleasant Bay. As soon as they saw the pond-side one-acre estate just a short walk from Nantucket Sound, they knew they had found their own perfect piece of the Cape. The only problem was the existing house had been left to disrepair for too long and could not be salvaged. So they decided to tear it down and design their dream home and hired custom builder Rob McPhee of McPhee Associates of Cape Cod to build it. [caption id="attachment_559" align="alignnone" width="720"] The exterior of the home has a classic seaside fee Click here to read more.

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Rustic Remodel

POSTED: October 4th 2013

When the homeowners, a young couple who keep their main residence in Boston, bought this one-and-a-half story cottage on Nauset Beach, the realtor remarked that it was ‘a lot like going camping’. And indeed, like camping, the open-concept property which wasn’t well winterized and included only one bedroom, offered very little privacy. At the time, it was the perfect retreat for the couple and their two babies who didn’t need much but a quiet seasonal getaway. [caption id="attachment_551" align="alignnone" width="720"] The front of the home saw the greatest change to the exterior.[/caption] Careful planning; choosing carefully As both the children and the demand for overnight gue Click here to read more.

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A Kid-Friendly Kitchen

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Nine-year-old Hannah Stowe is passionate about cooking. So much so, in fact, that she recently hosted a dinner party for her family and filmed the evening with the idea of pitching it as a story idea to the Food Network. So when her mother, Meg, drew up a wish list for the home they were building in North Kingstown, R.I., a top priority was designing a kitchen where both Hannah and her 11-year-old sister, Sophie, could be actively involved. [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignnone" width="720"] An expansive kitchen was created with a variety of resourceful storage and kid-friendly options that are practical and eye-catching.[/caption] “They absolutely love to cook. I wanted the Click here to read more.

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A New Lease on Life

POSTED: October 4th 2013

In the home’s original condition, it was immediately apparent that this Wellfleet residence was a product of the 1970s. Windows were tiny, and there were few of them; the first floor walls were made of poured concrete and the exterior was clad with T 1-11 siding, an inexpensive and unattractive plywood paneling. Built on a slab, the house had structural issues, virtually no storage capacity and the HVAC system was hugely inefficient. “There was nothing architecturally compelling about the house,” says Cambridge-based architect, Frank Shirley. In fact, the homeowners who’d used the place as a summer residence for 20 years actually referred to it as “unprepossessing.” Photogra Click here to read more.

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Coming Home to Quonochontaug

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Katherine Frost spent the summers of her childhood in the seasidecottage colony of Quonochontaug in Charlestown, R.I. Her parents owned a cottage there, as did her two uncles and her two aunts. And every August they would all convene, creating memories that last a lifetime. So it was hardly surprising when Katherine and her husband purchased a home in the area in 2005. Photography by: Aaron Usher Construction: Gardner Woodwrights Custom Home Building Appliances provided by: Gil's Appliances The location was perfect, but the house wasn’t But while the location was ideal, the antiquated cottage wasn’t. “It was an older Cape that had undergone a bad renovation,” she said. Af Click here to read more.

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Now, This is a Playhouse

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Buildable lots on Green Pond Harbor are impossible to come by. Quiet and tranquil, the small East Falmouth harbor is a throwback to a simpler era. Those who are lucky enough to live here, along with the marina’s boat owners, are an affable and modest bunch: grateful folks who appreciate the spot immensely. So when an idyllic, highly coveted harbor front parcel came up for sale, the current owners jumped at the opportunity to purchase it. It would be the homeowners’ third property in the neighborhood: their other two houses are located side-by-side, next door. The couple, who lives year-round in New York City, uses one house as a summer residence; the second one is a retreat for their Click here to read more.

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A Perfect Seaside Retreat

POSTED: October 4th 2013

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 dazzl Click here to read more.

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Found Space

POSTED: October 4th 2013

For the first five years after the owners bought this waterfront summer home in Cotuit, they would come down, enjoy their time on the Cape, and then lock up the house and pretty much forget about it. But as their three children grew older and expanded their circle of friends, they wanted and needed more living space than their L-shaped split level ranch provided. Since it is a second home, they didn’t want to spend a fortune to get it. [caption id="attachment_482" align="alignnone" width="720"] By removing an existing wall, Capewide Enterprises was able to give the homeowners the wide-open space they craved.[/caption] To accomplish that goal, they hired custom builders and home remod Click here to read more.

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Staying in Character

POSTED: October 4th 2013

The outdated 1940s house rested at an idyllic Chatham location on a bluff with sweeping views of Nantucket Sound, Hardings Beach, Monomoy Island and the Stage Harbor Lighthouse. But with low ceilings, petite windows, a restricted floor plan and limited second-story living space, those spectacular views were being hidden. Enter Tim Smith, owner of Minglewood Homes of Chatham. [caption id="attachment_464" align="alignnone" width="720"] The back of the home features an intricate roofline and several terraces and balconies overlooking Nantucket Sound.[/caption] It all adds up “The new homeowners wanted tall ceilings, an open floor plan and lots of light,” he said. “We ended up with ni Click here to read more.

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At Home in the Pinehills

POSTED: October 4th 2013

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. “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 Click here to read more.

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Utterly Unique

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Perched on a bluff at harbor’s edge, it’s hard to imagine a more spectacular setting.  Yet the poorly built home original to this site in Chatham, Massachusetts, didn’t take advantage of the majestic views. The cramped residence, built in the 1940s, seemed, says architect John DaSilva, “To have been plunked down on the lot, without any thought at all.” [caption id="attachment_445" align="alignnone" width="720"] The footprint of the original home, which had to be closely adhered to, was perched up on a hill. The change to the grade allowed for a basement-level, window-filled playroom and garage.[/caption] The property’s new owners looked to DaSilva’s Chatham-based firm, P Click here to read more.

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The View Has It

POSTED: October 4th 2013

While the Cape has its fair share of large, stately houses dominating the landscape, many homeowners want to build a home sized to their property. This is especially true for one family and their North Falmouth home. [caption id="attachment_427" align="alignnone" width="720"] A front view of the home. Irregular rooflines were incorporated, reducing the visual impact of the expansive house.[/caption] “This is our first ocean home and we were looking to build a new home that belongs in this neighborhood, and looks like it has been here all along,” says the matriarch of the family.  “We took lots of time to properly site the house on the lot to take advantage of the views and the s Click here to read more.

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Sometimes Smaller is Better

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

For Dan Kinsella of Kinsella Building in Portsmouth, R.I., the key to success is a hands-on approach. When clients hire Kinsella to build their custom home, they soon learn that the guy at the top will be on the scene, making sure certain critical details aren’t missed or misunderstood, and monitoring progress from start to finish. A hands-on approach “When I started this business we had a lot more employees and I found out quickly that I was losing contact with my clients,” he says. “So we dialed back. Now I have only four employees. I get to work with a lot of great people. I also get to have my hands in the project. I’m on the job just about every day. I see everything that’ Click here to read more.

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