A contemporary Cape overlooking a beautiful lake is perfect for two but easily accommodates more.By Laurie Higgins | Photography by Dan Cutrona
When homeowners Joan and Graham Lloyd were ready to settle down in Harwich after living in 16 homes on three continents, they hired Encore Design Remodel to build them a new home on the shores of a beautiful lake. The couple wanted a light and airy contemporary Cape design that would be practical for the two of them, but also have plenty of space for family and friends to visit in comfort.
“Encore owner Dale Nikula brought together a team of specialists to ensure that each of our needs would be met,” Joan Lloyd says. “Dale remained close to the project at every stage. He encouraged us to raise any concerns or questions at the earliest moment, and he ensured they were promptly addressed and reviewed.”
One of the lovely things about the home is the flow that was created by unifying the design and details. Tall and wide doorways with transom windows separate spaces but there is also an easy traffic pattern from one to the other. Continuous crown molding and five-panel doors with quarter headpieces add elegance and a sense of continuity.
“It’s a really nice combination of traditional Cape and contemporary,” says Encore designer Susan Gerlach, who worked with in-house architect Glenn Travis to design the house and also helped the homeowners select all the final details.
Another important unifying element is color. All the rooms are painted the same custom shade of gray, beginning with the entry hall that connects the living room and the staircase to the second floor. The living room has French door-style sliders that lead to a deck and provide a gorgeous view of the lake. Flooring is rift-cut pine, which shows more of the grain. A floor-to-ceiling limestone hearth is the focal point, with a built-in flat-screen television and a gas fireplace. A walnut counter warms the bar area that includes a wine fridge, a sink and custom cabinets.
The adjoining kitchen is spacious with tons of custom cabinetry with features such as pullout wire bins and a pop-up mixer drawer. The cabinetry is white with sleek chrome handles. A cook’s dream-come-true, the top-of-the-line Bosch appliances include a steam oven, warming drawer, convection oven, induction stovetop and microwave drawer.
The central island is topped with an 11-foot-long by 2-inch-thick piece of Carrara marble from Italy. The remaining countertops are Caesarstone, and the backsplash is a combination of two different marble tiles laid in an arresting gray-and-white herringbone pattern.
Nine windows and a French door-style slider leading to the deck make the attached dining area another wonderful place to enjoy the water views from inside. The adjoining deck is high-definition composite material with stainless steel cable rails.
The master suite has the same sliders to the deck. All of the bedrooms have oversized closets with built-in shelves and dressers to avoid clutter. The master bath has a zero-clearance glass-enclosed shower and features basket-weave marble tiles on the floor. A flat-screen television is mounted on the large mirror above his and her sinks.
The staircase to the second floor opens to a large loft-style area that serves as a playroom for the grandchildren and an office with water views for Graham Lloyd.
Each of the couple’s two daughters has a suite on opposite sides of the loft. The suite over the two-car garage has three dormers that create three separate spaces, divided visually by ceiling angles that are boxed out in plaster. The room features a his-and-her double closet and shares a bathroom with the grandchildren’s bunkroom.
The opposite bedroom is a true master suite with skylights in the bedroom, another built-in closet and large-format porcelain tile in the bathroom.
A full walkout basement features a large gym where Joan works out for personal fitness and Graham trains for Ironman triathlon races. Next to the gym, and sharing a bathroom with it, is a guest room with three windows. The bathroom on this level features a shower stall with traditional penny-round porcelain tiles with stainless steel penny rounds for a more contemporary look. Floor tiles are textured porcelain so people coming in from a swim in the lake won’t slip.
Every convenience has been thought of, including abundant storage. There’s an extra freezer in the combination office/pantry off of the kitchen, and the nearby laundry room has a full-size stackable washer and dryer, a fold-down ironing board, a sink and a television. The two-car garage is large enough to include an area for a workbench and tools.
“Susan Gerlach was indispensable with the interior design, working closely with me throughout the project on the literally hundreds of decisions that had to be made,” Joan Lloyd says.