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Rebecca Brown notes that renovations can sometimes be more challenging than new construction. “We had quite a few special demands with this project because the homeowner wanted to open up the existing kitchen space to a living area, with everything centered on a fireplace at the end of the room,” says Brown. “PSD insisted that everything had to be symmetrical, from the kitchen to the beams in the ceiling, to the dining area.”

DaSilva notes that while the “typology” of the design makes the house familiar, there are delightful unexpected details in the kitchen area as well as throughout the house. “The unexpected and quirky spaces and the open flow of the plan from the entry to the kitchen and the living spaces, makes this house really unique and special,” says DaSilva.

Despite the demands of the space, Brown says the finished house is a rare beauty. “This house is just beautiful, with all kinds of antiques and period pieces,” says Brown. John DaSilva describes the original home as a “rabbit warren,” with small spaces connected by inefficient and confusing circulation. “We sought to create a generous living space suited to the needs of a contemporary family with young children, but without damaging the eccentric charm of the old house both inside and out,” says DaSilva.

DaSilva explains that PSD’s work only took place on the first floor in the central portion of the house, which has numerous wings and ells added on over the years. “Only a small amount of additional building footprint was needed,” says DaSilva. “The old house lacked a back entry, mud room, powder room, and pantry. The significant reworking of the existing space was critical to the functional and aesthetic needs of the family.”

Brown says that the demands of making each kitchen work are what make her job as a kitchen designer special. “I am a puzzle-solver and the unique character of PSD’s houses present some fascinating puzzles,” says Brown. “But that’s why I love my job. It’s different every day.”
Rebecca Brown notes that renovations can sometimes be more challenging than new construction. “We had quite a few special demands with this project because the homeowner wanted to open up the existing kitchen space to a living area, with everything centered on a fireplace at the end of the room,” says Brown. “PSD insisted that everything had to be symmetrical, from the kitchen to the beams in the ceiling, to the dining area.”

Despite the demands of the space, Brown says the finished house is a rare beauty. “This house is just beautiful, with all kinds of antiques and period pieces,” says Brown. John DaSilva describes the original home as a “rabbit warren,” with small spaces connected by inefficient and confusing circulation. “We sought to create a generous living space suited to the needs of a contemporary family with young children, but without damaging the eccentric charm of the old house both inside and out,” says DaSilva.
DaSilva explains that PSD’s work only took place on the first floor in the central portion of the house, which has numerous wings and ells added on over the years. “Only a small amount of additional building footprint was needed,” says DaSilva. “The old house lacked a back entry, mud room, powder room, and pantry. The significant reworking of the existing space was critical to the functional and aesthetic needs of the family.”

Brown says that the demands of making each kitchen work are what make her job as a kitchen designer special. “I am a puzzle-solver and the unique character of PSD’s houses present some fascinating puzzles,” says Brown. “But that’s why I love my job. It’s different every day.”

For information on Polhemus Savery DaSilva, go to www.psdab.com or call 508-945-4500. To contact Rebecca Brown at Classic Kitchens and Interiors in Hyannis, go to  www.ckdcapecod.com or call 508-775-3075.
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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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