Tour de Force

Highfield Hall is one of Falmouth’s brightest architectural marvels. And on July 20, it casts its glow on more of the town’s stellar buildings during the Architects’ House Tour. Read more…

Casual Camp

Hutker Architects designs a getaway home full of rustic touches on a tranquil pond in Chilmark.

Casual Camp

When Patrick Mahady began searching for a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, he was nearly set on purchasing a place in Edgartown when his real estate agent told him about a three-acre parcel on the opposite end of the island. A drive down the long winding dirt road to the site revealed a mix of open meadow, woodlands, and pond shoreline with views to a barrier beach beyond. Mahady was hooked. He bought the property and contacted Hutker Architects—a firm well known for its thoughtful approach to island homes—to design a place that would fit well into its rural setting.  Read more…

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One doesn’t have to look hard to find the footprints of Cape Cod’s past scattered about. Stone walls dating far back as the Pilgrims’ first foray into the New World offer a glimpse into the one of the oldest construction methods in existence: masonry.  Read more…

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201203hsp_034 It’s not often one comes across an early Cape Cod period house in close to its original state—floors, windows, and moldings still intact. Tucked away on a quiet lane in Truro is a diamond in the rough—a 1790 structure with good bones and authentic Colonial charm reflected in several early architectural details. The house has an interesting past, typical of many Cape Cod homes, which often have structural additions from one period or another, reflecting differing needs of families through the centuries. Read more…

Green Inspirations

By its very nature, sustainable architecture requires a different perspective.


201203hsp_021 There is a premium on efficiency in design and materials, seamless integration into a building’s surroundings—and close communication between designer and homeowner.  Read more…

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201203hsp_007 After just one visit to Nantucket, Darren Sukonick and Matthew Sapera fell in love with the island’s seafaring history, quiet windswept beauty, and pure architectural forms. So much so that they decided to draw upon their home design talents—both are designers for Matthew Sapera Fine Homes in Toronto—and build a getaway home for themselves. Read more…

Shorelines Spring ’12

Coastal Dream Houses

201203hsp_004 Shore Décor: Design at the Water’s Edge ($50) offers readers a glimpse into why living by the water is a truly unique privilege. From the classic to the contemporary this gorgeous collection features nearly 350 beautiful photographs of homes making it obvious why seaside living is so desirable. In this book, you just might find the inspiration to turn your seaside dream house into a reality. More information is available at

Wicker World

201203hsp_002 No home on Cape Cod or the Islands is complete without at least one piece of wicker furniture. Antique Wicker ($19.95) presents 925 examples from former worldwide wicker giant, the Heywood-Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. Photos and illustrations of chairs, tables, sofas, beds, and wardrobes are featured in a reproduction of the original catalog, which was illustrated with Art Deco flair. An authentic price guide allows any homeowner, collector, or dealer to see the original price of wicker items nearly a century ago, giving a sense of the enduring value of this quintessential coastal style. For more information, log on to

The Classic Cape

201203hsp_003 In The Cape Cod House ($25) Stanley Schuler documents the history of this iconic style of home, from the first structures built by the Pilgrims to the modern styles being constructed today. The text is accompanied by drawn plans and 143 pictures of Cape Cod houses as well as explanations behind the designs and materials used to make these classic American homes, now built across the country. For more information, log on to

Blueprint for Excellence Carolyn Dvorsack

Architect John Dvorsack’s office, located in historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, is a picture of subtle color and form. Look closely and you’ll see the hand-cut nails that stud the pumpkin pine floor. In late afternoon, you may notice a particular golden light that pours through the deep original windows. The bright, spacious office, tucked away on the second floor of the grand 1878 former estate—now a cultural center—perfectly melds historic craftsmanship, the natural world, and modern architectural practices. Read more…

Outdoor Living John Viola

John Viola can plan a massive project, move tons of concrete, design like a madman, and does it all with the attitude of a kid on summer vacation. As the owner of Viola Associates in Hyannis, Viola and his team design, build, and install swimming pools, spas, outdoor lighting, water gardens, sprinklers, and irrigation systems. Another part of the business is dedicated to pool and spa maintenance.  Read more…

Custom Creations Dan Cutrona

For Chuck Hart, the kitchen has always been, and always will be, the most important room in the house. “It’s more than where people cook and eat meals,” Hart says. Besides being the emotional center in most homes, the kitchen is also the site of great movement. As Hart says, “Almost any activity within the scope of the home starts or finishes in the kitchen.” Read more…

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