Brian Vanden Brink House on Northgate Hill ~ Chatham
John DaSilva says that the House on Northgate Hill was unusual for the firm in that it was designed to be a year-round house for a family with two school-age children. “They planned to move permanently from a “colonial farm house” built within the last 30 years in suburban New Jersey, to Cape Cod,” says DaSilva. “They sought a house that was new and special, but that was also reminiscent of the house they were leaving.”

DaSilva says that the style, size, and detailing of the new home both represents and celebrates the family’s former home. “The rectangular footprint, full two-story height, and central stair are elements of our design that we considered essential to this type of house,” says DaSilva. “Also essential were a front-on approach to an entry placed at the middle of a long side of the rectangle associated with an entry porch.”

In the design of the spacious family room-kitchen area, Rebecca Brown took into account the needs of the entire family, including the man of the house’s love of cooking. “We had to make this work for everyone in the family,” says Brown. “There were challenges with such an open space—the family wanted a big island with lots of stools for everyone and we had to figure out how to make the space warm and inviting, yet spacious enough to include a big 60-inch range and a large cooking area.”

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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