One of the best things about my job as Cape Cod HOME’s editor is that I meet so many knowledgeable people, from an antique expert who can tell you where to find an authentic pub sign for your living room to a woodworker who will handcraft a table from old Nantucket cottage floorboards. Especially in this issue—our Annual Resource Guide, which covers countless local home and garden subjects and services–I find myself marveling at the diversity of skilled, knowledgeable businesspeople on the Cape and Islands.
The truth is that even though we may be limited in terms of geographic space, we have experts in just about anything you need to transform your home into a Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket dream. Just like the gorgeous home on our cover, which is the work of one of this issue’s featured businesspeople, Falmouth architect John Dvorsack. Our talented writer, Mary Grauerholz, who interviewed all the Business Focus people in this issue, has a gift for getting to the heart of each person’s special ability. When she talks to Dvorsack in his office located in Falmouth’s historic Highfield Hall, you can hear the man’s love for the skill he shares with lucky homeowners.
“As a small practice, I am able to spend a lot of time working closely with my clients to understand what’s really important to them,” says Dvorsack in the story, which begins on page 36. “I really enjoy the owner’s reaction when it all comes together.”
Looking at Dvorsack’s work—and the work of all the featured BusinessFocus people here—you can see why our coastal world is so well known. Folks seem to be determined to have their home—whether a grand manse or a simple half-Cape—reflect the natural glory that surrounds us all.
So whether you are remodeling your kitchen with exquisite kitchen cabinets (read about Lewis & Weldon on page 62), dreaming of putting in a spectacular infinity pool (listen to John Viola of Viola Associates on page 74), or planning to finally transform your backyard into a gorgeous landscape that makes the most the most of Cape Cod’s natural glories (find Mary LeBlanc on page 68), this issue is for you. I promise if you call any one of these folks to help you shape the Cape Cod or Island home of your dreams, you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for turning to Cape Cod HOME.
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor