“We gave the exterior a new face,” says Hereford, who chose a more contemporary design for the old house. He took elements of the Craftsman style first developed by early 20th-century California architects Greene and Greene, the design duo most noted for Pasadena’s 1908 Gamble House. The house achieves a horizontal quality intermixed with Japanese flourishes, such as the flared front porch roof. To maximize natural light entering the home, Hereford incorporated a gable and a barrel roof dormer to the front facade. The barrel dormer acts as the clerestory windows for the living room, bringing much needed light into the space. A band of three windows also bring in additional sunlight. Not forgetting the other facades, Hereford popped in clerestory windows and additional barrel vaulted dormers to the side and back of the house, again, to bring in as much natural light as possible.
“The client chose vibrant paint colors to speak to the artwork in the various rooms – she was not scared of color,” says McGrath.
Although the exterior gives a nod to the California Craftsman style, the cladding is all Cape. Gray shingles cover the exterior. To add interest, Hereford finished shingled corners and tapered Craftsman-style columns with a double basket weave design. He also employed bands of scalloped and diamond shingles. A subtle wave motif—first realized in the arched dormered windows—was introduced throughout the design to reflect the rhythm of Chatham Harbor and the open ocean beyond.
Upon entering the home, one is struck by the level of detail that Hereford carried from the exterior. Tapered pilaster moldings frame the entry to the living room. Crown moldings and baseboards are built-up to create balance and harmony within the spaces. “All the moldings are custom-made and create continuity between the exterior and interior trim detailing,” says Hereford. Other trim touches Hereford incorporated into the home are the dining room’s beamed ceiling, built-in shelves, and cove moldings that conceal rope lighting.