Cape Cod HOME Stories



Bustling Brewster Remodel

McPhee Associates redesigned this Brewster home with client’s dreams in mind

Down a long, winding driveway in Brewster, secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, lies the spectacular piece of property Deborah and Gary LaFave purchased in 2014. The picturesque view of the pond and the home’s rustic wood floors were just two of the features that sold the…

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‘Seaview Secret Garden’ is Osterville’s Avalon

A memorial garden provides a tranquil, hidden retreat filled with splendor

Just up the coast from Hyannis Port’s “Cape Cod Camelot,” a family has created a secret garden that would seem right at home in the story of England’s most famous legend.
Arthurian lore tells of The Once and Future King, as author T. H. White put it, who will one day return…

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Osterville Captain’s Compound

Architect Patrick Ahearn reimagines Captain’s  Compound as a Gatsby-esque Cape Cod cottage

Jay Gatsby has grown in stature from a tragic character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic book, The Great Gatsby, to a symbol of wealth and the fulfillment of the American dream. High school students across the country continue to read the 1925 novel. In 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio updated the…

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Polhemus Savery DaSilva revamps iconic Chatham home

A historic home on the Chatham waterfront gets a much-needed makeover

Merriam-Webster may not define the term as such, but a riptide is, in effect, an unforeseen tidal force that unexpectedly pulls an object or a person in an unanticipated direction.
It could be said, then, that a figurative riptide drew Bill and Bonnie Daggett to “Riptide,” the historic coastal oasis on…

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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. 

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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