Set in Stone
The survival of some of the best-known architectural structures around the globe…can all be credited to good masonry.
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.
“That’s part of the reason I love it,” says Brian Boley, proprietor of Sandwich-based M.B. Masonry. “It lasts forever.” The survival of some of the best-known architectural structures around the globe—Rome’s iconic Colosseum, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, and the Parthenon in Greece—can all be credited to good masonry. That longevity, attributed to meticulous craftsmanship, is what Boley so admires and looks to emulate. And some of Boley’s finest stonework is on display in a recently built guesthouse in North Falmouth.
The nearly $2 million project, which overlooks Rand’s Canal, was built by Sea Dar Construction, a firm with offices in Boston and Osterville. Builder Peter Kimball notes that while the home was intended to merge modern luxury with creature comforts, it also needed to accommodate the large extended families of the homeowners as well as their active lifestyles, replete with swimming and entertaining. The interior and exterior spaces also had to blend together seamlessly while offering privacy. At the same time, square footage and environmental requirements needed to be carefully considered. “All of these projects are in environmentally sensitive areas, so there are a lot of restrictions on where you can build,” says Kimball. “There are almost always either zoning or space constraints.”