Built-ins and other custom details set a Chatham home apart.By Laurie Higgins • Photography By Dan Cutrona
When the wooded lot next door to their Chatham home was put on the market in 2006, Adam and Susan Wegner decided to buy it. Over the years they cleared the lot and did some grading and landscaping but didn’t build on it right away. Eventually, they sold both their Chatham house and their primary residence in the Washington, D.C., area and built their current home on the land they had so painstakingly maintained.
“This is going to be our only home now,” says Susan Wegner. “Our kids are grown, and this is definitely where we hope everyone comes back to congregate.”
To achieve their dream, the Wegners hired Kevin Boyar of B&D Custom Builders, Inc. in West Barnstable. He designed and built a three-level, Gambrel-style home with a natty, nautical look to it. “Without exaggeration this was truly a collaborative effort in every aspect,” Boyar says. “Every single detail on the house was worked out between us, every piece of trim, every molding.”
The collaborative nature of the project included a bit of push and pull, especially when it came to the exterior of the house. The Wegners wanted the shingles to be painted dark blue, and Boyar had never done painted shingles before. Although he was reluctant at first, he now loves the unique look and sharp contrast between the blue and the crisp white trim.
Inside, an open living space connects the gourmet kitchen, dining area and living room. A blue Kohler farmhouse sink in the kitchen became the inspiration for the rest of the house. White kitchen cabinets have a bead of blue highlighting the details, while the lower cabinets in the island are solid blue. Countertops are white Carrara marble, and a rectangular sink in the island is handy for washing hands or filling with ice to offer a unique presentation for beverages.
Small, tumbled river stones create a dramatic backsplash in the kitchen, and they are also used in the living room fireplace surround, with a heart-shaped stone placed in the center. Custom-built window seats and shelving flank the fireplace. “We designed all the built-ins, working with the Wegners,” Boyar says. “Their taste is impeccable.”
The living room’s coffered ceiling is painted a darker shade of gray than the walls to really set it off. Flooring is distressed hickory that has been stained a dark brown.
An open staircase with multiple landings offers entry to both the second floor and the finished basement. The second-floor master suite features a tongue-and-grove hip cathedral ceiling with a fan at its peak. Boyar designed a dressing room with a large walk-in closet, a full-length mirror and plenty of built-ins. The attached master bathroom features gorgeous glass tiles that accent the Carrara marble surrounding the Bain Ultra soaking tub with bubble jets. The same theme continues in the open shower with a glass wall and square rain shower head.
The execution of every detail throughout the home resulted from collaboration between the homeowners and Boyar, which is all part of the process. “We look at the space and then discuss the homeowners’ preferences and let it evolve from there, utilizing images from the web or things that we’ve done in the past or things that they’ve seen, says Boyar. “But ultimately, we create everything just for them. It’s a very personalized program.”