Structural Engineering & Design

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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Swept by the Sea

POSTED: April 15th 2014

An expansive new home overlooking an iconic Cape beach is as impressive inside as it is outside thanks to the talents of Sandra J. Tuthill Interior Design and Colony Rug Company.  Read more 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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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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Lasting Views

POSTED: October 4th 2013

Waquoit Bay is a tidal bay on the south shore of Cape Cod that’s known for its beaches and wildlife as well as kayaking and camping opportunities. For those in the know, it is also perfect for kiteboarding—its predominance of shallow water and strong southwesterly breezes are key for boarders looking to maximize speed on long back-and-forth passes without hitting too much deep water. [caption id="attachment_492" align="alignnone" width="720"] The home is located on a spit of land allowing water views on all three sides. The sunken spa is the perfect place to take it all in.[/caption] Location, location, location And this is exactly what drew Thomas J. O’Neill’s clients to Mashpe 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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Capturing the View

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

When a pair of long-time Norwell homeowners craved change and more space in their family’s home they looked no further than the creative team at Roomscapes Luxury Design Center. Having worked with the high-end luxury design center years before, the clients knew which experts they wanted to lean on and also the most important component of the project: allow them to see the river from every room of the house. Photography by Dan Cutrona Design: Roomscapes Luxury Desing Center “The couple is very social and active in the community and entertain a lot,”says Cameron Snyder, co-owner of Roomscapes and lead designer on the project. “They wanted an area for guests to gather and soc Click here to read more.

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