Two years’ worth of effort, creativity and craftsmanship have culminated in this beachfront beauty on Nye’s Neck, facing due west over Buzzards Bay. Now comes the reward: countless hours spent enjoying the ocean, salt air, spectacular views and custom interiors among friends and family.
DESIGN, BUILD, & INTERIOR DESIGN BY Thomas O’Neill
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dan Cutrona
For builder/designer Thomas J. O’Neill, the reward is witnessing his clients’ satisfaction in the work he and his team have completed. “The number one thing for me is that I enjoy my customers,” said O’Neill. “That’s why I do custom building and design, not ‘spec’ homes. I enjoy talking with people and getting to know their families.”
In this case, what they’ve built includes 9,000 square feet of gorgeously customized living space on four levels, including a state-of-the-art home theater and fully finished walk-out basement with gym. From the widow’s walk to the year-round outdoor spa, custom detail and superior quality characterize the entire home.
An L-shaped ranch built in the 1960s originally occupied the premier site. O’Neill, who for the past 18 years has specialized in the design and construction of custom waterfront homes, managed every aspect of the project, from the teardown of the original structure to interior decoration of the new home.
“One of our fortes is permitting; we have learned how to do that well,” O’Neill said. “That’s where the process starts and we deliver for our customers. We have teams of dedicated sub-contractors who work with us from project to project. We build our own cabinetry, very custom and fitted, for the kitchen and built-ins throughout the home. I’m very fortunate.”
“We also furnish the home and maintain it after completion. Because we manage the entire project, and use our own sub-contractors, we’re able to control the outcome.We bring a comprehensive in-house approach to everything instead of jobbing them out to different designers.”
Because he often works with customers who are not physically present, O’Neill puts a lot of effort into building strong and forthright relationships with his clients. Mutual trust and “direct speak” are essential – along with a certain reliance on modern technology. “We keep our customers constantly apprised of what we’re doing. A lot of decisions are made via our Blackberries,” said O’Neill.
O’Neill characterizes this recently completed home on Nye’s Neck as “classical New England architecture updated where necessary.” Those updates include “larger moldings and windows, taller ceiling heights and more generous proportions than predecessors.”
“We want our homes to look attractive a long time from now,” said O’Neill. “We’re trying to build to last, using quality components that don’t require heavy maintenance.”
Private decks off of the master bedroom and guest room take full advantage of the bay view and the rooftop widow’s walk affords 360-degree views. A wrap-around bluestone patio provides access to the sea breezes from the kitchen, great room and dining room.
Oversized windows in the kitchen flood the area with light while emphasizing the bay views as does a wall of two-story windows in the great room. Pale blue walls, white cabinetry and neutral furnishings throughout the home maintain the serene ambiance while keeping the exterior views the main focus.
Throughout this jewel by the bay, O’Neill and his team have focused on integrating the customer’s lifestyle and preferences with quality craftsmanship and design – the gracious fruition of another successful long-term relationship.