Cape Cod HOME Stories



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

On the shore of Nantucket’s Sesachacha Pond, just a few hundred yards from the ocean, sits a 1,500 square-foot beachside cottage that is tucked away in its own private world, under a dune next to conservation land. Featured in Cape Cod HOME’s inaugural 1996 issue, this island hideaway has withstood the test of time says Danielle DeBenedictis, who, along with…

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Boiling down to the details

Homeowner and mason team up to render the ultimate outdoor dream kitchen

It is said that too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth, but when building a dream outdoor kitchen, it takes many hands to create a culinary masterpiece, as was the case with this spacious outdoor kitchen in Falmouth.
Situated under a large pergola, this multi-station, three-season kitchen features a fireplace…

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The world is their alphabet

Husband-and-wife team finds and photographs ‘Letters from the Cape’
A different perspective on the world can yield beautiful results, as Jan and Chris Capece know well. From subtle shapes made by ropes on a dock to patterns in the sand, nature’s nuanced aesthetic provides the Capeces endless inspiration for their art, Letters from the Cape.
The couple, who have a home in…

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Turn-ons Aplenty

Cape Cod’s kitchen and bath showrooms offer countless faucets and fixtures to try first-hand

Fixing your eye on a farmer’s sink, or a funky but functional faucet?
Browsing for some new bathroom fixtures, or simply shopping for a shower head? Or— are you in the market for a brand new kitchen? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may just…

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A celebration of nature

Architect designed this Martha’s Vineyard home with sea and sky in mind

Up-island, beyond the blueberry ridges and the remains of a 19th-century brickyard on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard, is where you’ll find the most lived-in, new summer home you’ve ever set barefoot in.
Unlike new builds that sometimes look and feel lifted off a catalog page or Pinterest feed,…

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Spring ahead with fall planting

While crisp autumn days await, now is the perfect time to get home and garden landscapes ready for prime time come spring. Warmer soil temperatures in the fall encourage strong root development and growth, setting the stage for vibrant blooms throughout the spring season.
“With a healthy root system, the plant will thrive,” says Dominic Mannarino, senior horticulturalist at West Bridgewater-based…

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A colorful collaboration along the Brewster coast

Architect, builder, and a team of vendors join forces to create clients’ dream home

Perched high on a hill overlooking the breakwater in Brewster is the latest combined venture for builder Paul van Steensel of Cape Dreams Building & Design and Brewster architect Steven Hayes. A relationship that began two homes earlier has developed into a comfortable fit for these two…

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Living where the sea meets the sky

A Chatham home channels its dream-like surroundings

Aptly named by its owners, “Sundowner” in Chatham is perched on a sand ridge overlooking Nantucket Sound and against a golden backdrop of refracted light when day comes to an end. With sea grass lapping the rise of the manicured green that meets the stone patio, the full breadth of this amply windowed home…

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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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