Cape Cod HOME Stories



An Oasis in the Dunes

Designed by Patrick Ahearn, Trelawny House is a majestic family gathering place on Martha’s Vineyard

Imagine exploring vast grasslands nestled behind ocean dunes and coming upon the remains of a home that’s centuries old. At first the structures may appear like a mirage of lone trees, shimmering in the summer heat, but upon approach, they would take the clear form of…

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Light & Breezy

Architect and designer add just the right touches to a coastal Sandwich cottage

Crossing either the Sagamore or Bourne bridges from the mainland to Cape Cod induces instant decompression: shoulders drop, one’s breath deepens, and life’s pace adjusts to the rhythm of tides and sea breezes. Not content to leave the beach and boating world outside, many want it represented inside their…

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An edge on the competition

Viola Associates discusses the installation of an infinity pool in Barnstable

Mike Tsotsis’s stunning property overlooking Sandy Neck Beach and Barnstable Harbor in Barnstable Village is a lovely spot to watch the sun lazily vanishing into the deep blue ocean. Complementing the natural beauty visible from the yard is an equally magnificent infinity-edge saltwater pool that appears to simply fade into…

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This is going to be a colorful celebration

A preview of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival July 7-17

Imagine being able to peek behind fences and stroll though private gardens that are normally closed to the public. Envision flowerbeds in full bloom, vegetable gardens overflowing with organic produce, and mature landscapes that retain the best of “old Cape Cod.” Or, picture touring through creative combinations of plants, garden ornaments,…

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Form, Function & a Whole Lot of Fun

Hutker Architects discusses the design inspirations behind this Falmouth boathouse.

If a house can be a playground—a vacation retreat where family comes together and never wants to leave—then that’s the perfect term to describe this boathouse in Falmouth.
For the husband and wife who own the home, and their three adult daughters and five grandchildren, the boathouse is the perfect spot to…

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The spirits of summer

Try these 10 Cape & Islands cocktails at home

Summer is almost upon us, and the grills will be sizzling, the patio furniture will be placed and the speakers will be pouring out the sounds of Cape Cod’s most popular season. One important question remains: what cocktails will Cape and Islanders be enjoying this year?
The culture of cocktails has been booming…

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Celebrating Cape Cod HOME’s 20th anniversary (1996-2016)

In 2016 we are revisiting some of the homes featured in Cape Cod HOME’s first issue in 1996.

This residence in North Falmouth’s picturesque Ballymeade Estates was featured on the cover of Cape Cod HOME’s inaugural issue in 1996. Though architecturally the 3,500-square-foot home has remained largely the same over the years, some significant changes have been made to the interior,…

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A few pointers from the pros

Four local companies have a lot of experience with weathervanes

A weathervane can say a great deal about its owners. From displaying one’s love of the sea with a sailboat, a fondness for nature with a flower, or a little whimsy with a unicorn, these functional works of art offer a personalized focal point to any home, business, or other building…

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Creature Comforts

Geoff Semonian has carved a career out of whales, eagles, and other wooden creations

There is a saying that the most important ingredient in any great recipe, product or other creation is love. Cape Cod woodcarver Geoff Semonian seems to embody that philosophy. In an age when so many home furnishings are mass-produced, Semonian takes great pride—and a good deal of time…

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