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A Seamless Connection

A distinctive home in cummaquid is the foundation for a new cape cod design/build team.

Photo by Kim Reilly

Photo by Kim Reilly

Tucked away at the end of a small road off Route 6A in Cummaquid is a custom-built home that is a true reflection of the Cape Cod environment—in every sense of the word. A collaborative effort between homeowner Lynda Bedard and builder Jared West, the concept for this 5,000-square-foot house was Bedard’s, while the intricate details are a testament to West’s skills as a finish carpenter.

From the gray shingles on the exterior to the natural materials inside and the signature outline of the Cape Cod peninsula embedded in the gable above the front door, the home exemplifies the success that can be achieved when imagination meets talent. “The design was my vision,” Bedard says, “but Jared made it happen.” West agrees. “Lynda knew what she was looking for, and I knew what could be done in reality.”

The completed renovation is only one part of this success story. Since finishing the project nearly two years ago, Bedard and West have teamed up to create Cape Cod Custom Build, a full-service construction and design company based in Barnstable.

Bedard, who worked for 20 years as an equity trader and dabbled in interior design as a hobby before recently earning her contractor’s license, is now partnering with West, who brings 20 years of experience in the custom home building trade. The partners offer a full line of services, including fine custom home design and building, renovations, remodeling services, and interior decorating.

“She’s very organized and detail-oriented,” West says. “And we both have good design concepts and vision. We really work well together.” “Our clients are really getting two services for the price of one,” Bedard adds. “It’s really fun to work with all kinds of people and build fabulous things for all budget levels.”

A significant demonstration of how Bedard’s imagination merged with West’s ingenuity was the creative process the pair employed to cover steel beams installed in the center of the home, replacing a load-bearing wall.

“Lynda shopped around and found a 400-year-old log,” West says. She handed it off to him and he cut and hollowed it out to cover the steel beams. The rustic wood accents enhanced the nature-inspired ambiance of the living room. “It worked well with the concept that Lynda was looking for,” West says.

Although Bedard served as the principle designer on the job site, West was not shy about suggesting changes or adding certain elements he thought necessary. Bedard says that when the pair was working on the recreation room on the second floor, West proposed adding a sliding glass door with a Juliet balcony, to fully bring the vistas of the marsh and ocean inside. “He suggested using a glass railing rather than a standard wooden railing so that nothing would obstruct the views,” Bedard says.

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