Cape Cod HOME Stories



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. 

During the 1990s, “going green” was considered cutting edge. Looking back 20 years, so too was “ReCraft East,” an eco-friendly, three-bedroom cottage in Oak Bluffs. Featured in Cape Cod HOME’s inaugural 1996 issue, this “green” house was the first of its kind on…

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Building a legacy, one step at a time

West Barnstable woodworker has crafted a niche making custom stairways and bannisters

When was the last time you really thought about a stairway you were descending, the feel of the handrail and the steps beneath you? It’s easy to overlook a permanent architectural fixture like stairs, and many people do. Matthew Kennedy is not one of those people.
A West Barnstable resident,…

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Appetizing Evenings are on the Menu

Wellfleet Preservation Hall’s “Food on Film” series combines the big screen with great-tasting cuisine

Though the weather outside will likely be chilly, the screen will be heating up at Wellfleet Preservation Hall this winter.
The nonprofit venue in downtown Wellfleet and Lola’s Local Food Lab are together putting a fresh spin on “dinner and a movie” for the fifth year of “Food…

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A House with History

Storied Captain Elijah Cobb House begins a new chapter as the Brewster Historical Society’s home and museum

Like novels, houses have chapters. The story of the Captain Elijah Cobb House begins on the cusp of the 19th century and takes place in Brewster. It includes narratives of love and family, of hardship and struggle, of adventures and homecomings. Like those long…

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A Place to Call Home

A renovated family house in Osterville now offers space for multiple generations

Each spring, David Herrlinger meets his neighbors to trim the 160 cedar trees that dapple the floodplain between their houses and Osterville’s North Bay. They gather with loppers and trimmers to prune the trees into balls of various shapes, like static planets ranging in size from Jupiter to Pluto,…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Cape & Islands designers create holiday splendor with their inspired Christmas tree designs

Think of your fondest, most heartwarming holiday memories—surely many of those moments took place around the Christmas tree. It’s hard to forget the joy you felt, or the wonder you’ve seen in your children’s eyes, upon awaking on Christmas morning to the sight of Santa’s bounty underneath a…

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Create your own family cookbook

“Behind every recipe you love is a story you want to share.” With that philosophy in mind, longtime friends Bill Rice and Chip Lowell formed the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website for collecting recipes and creating cookbooks. What began 12 years ago as a way for Rice, a Wellfleet resident, to compile all of his family’s beloved recipes has…

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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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