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A Beautiful Blend A Beautiful Blend

It’s not too often one comes across a piece of old Cape Cod so well preserved that experiencing it feels like a step back in time, but the 18th-century Benjamin Godfrey House on Stage Harbor Road in Chatham is such a place. Evoking the feeling of a bygone era, the Cape-style dwelling is situated on an acre of undulating lawns, which feature moss-covered stone walls, an old barn, an ancient fruit orchard, and views to Mill Pond. The Benjamin Godfrey house was first deeded in 1789. Although there are no documents showing the actual build date, Smith believes the house was erected circa 1750. Benjamin Godfrey operated the town gristmill, which was once located north of the property and was moved to Chatham’s Chase Park. Godfrey lived in the house until he passed away in 1818. Read more…

Saving Grace

A Nantucket lightship is narrowly saved from destruction and reborn as a luxury charter vessel.

Saving Grace

It was not your typical eBay purchase. Back in 2000, Bill and Kristen Golden had been following a local news story about a Nantucket lightship that was to be sold on the popular auction website. “She was owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was being operated as a museum,” explains Bill. “The Commonwealth couldn’t upkeep her anymore and decided to scrap her. There was public outcry, so instead they decided to sell her on eBay and, unfortunately, mostly scrappers were bidding. “We came in and outbid them.” Read more…

Breathtaking Baths Breathtaking Baths

A bathroom for a getaway home should be a serene, calming space—a place to wash away the stresses of everyday life and relax into vacation mode. This approach is indicative of interior designer Liz Stiving-Nichols’ master bath and powder room designs. Owner of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Stiving- Nichols finds inspiration for her designs from the natural environment. “I create a direct connection between the design and to the natural surrounding we find on this beautiful island,” says Stiving-Nichols. 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.

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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…

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…

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…

Artful Interiors Artful Interiors

Margo’s in Osterville is a sumptuous haven that combines comfort and sophisticated style. On Cape Cod, this home décor shop has a very special niche. “Our goal is to be original, and we are, in almost everything we do,” says owner Margie Huggard. “When I have clients come in, they are often pleasantly surprised.” Read more…

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