One of the best things about living on Cape Cod is the great variety of homes and gardens that can be found in every town. In my hometown of Centerville, for instance, seventeenth century Capes with moss-covered wooden roofs share backyards with cutting edge twenty-first century designs. There are sprawling brick mansions alongside Nantucket Sound and tiny shingled cottages hugging the shores of Lake Wequaquet. Something about living by the water seems to invite freedom of expression. When we choose our homes—and our gardens—anything goes.
In this issue, we visit a Chatham home just off Main Street that is a reflection of that freewheeling spirit—as our Contributing Editor, Nancy Berry, says in her feature story on page 14, “The original house . . was a mish-mash of styles—a little Greek Revival, a little Federal.” Chris Hereford of HMD Architects in Harwich combined elements of America’s eclectic Craftsman style with sophisticated seaside touches to transform the house into a Cape Cod showcase.
Jennifer Morgan, an artist and a passionate advocate for sustainable living, took a different approach when she decided to build her 1,600-square foot dream house atop a field in East Harwich. Morgan bought an eco-friendly house kit for $45,000 from a New England manufacturer and designed her own steel and concrete aerie with wonderful whimsical touches. Morgan says her, “Manhattan loft floating over a meadow,” is so sturdy and weather-tight that on cold winter days, “if it’s 20 degrees and sunny, it’s 80 degrees in here—with the heat off.”
We also share some spectacular Cape Cod landscape designs with you where two talented landscape architects made the most of glorious coastal locations to create lovely seaside retreats for busy families. Working with experienced sensitivity to Cape Cod’s fragile environment, yet an understanding of each family’s wish for vivid summer color, each landscape architect created a very different, yet gorgeous coastal refuge.
Whether you dream of a splendid home in Chatham’s world-famous village, a tiny eco-friendly cottage in a field of wildflowers—or seaside gardens that look like Impressionist paintings—you can find it in Cape Cod HOME. And if you are traveling over the bridge to visit us this summer, be sure to look for this issue of HOME on your iPad—along with Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME is the very first lifestyle magazine on the Cape andIslands with an iPad app.
We may live in one of America’s oldest communities at the very edge of civilization—but Cape Codders will always be good at believing in something new just beyond the horizon.
Here’s to a great Cape and Islands summer,
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor
- Posted in Philanthropy