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201203hsp_044 The nearly $2 million project, which overlooks Rand’s Canal, was built by Sea Dar Construction, a firm with offices in Boston and Osterville. Builder Peter Kimball notes that while the home was intended to merge modern luxury with creature comforts, it also needed to accommodate the large extended families of the homeowners as well as their active lifestyles, replete with swimming and entertaining. The interior and exterior spaces also had to blend together seamlessly while offering privacy. At the same time, square footage and environmental requirements needed to be carefully considered. “All of these projects are in environmentally sensitive areas, so there are a lot of restrictions on where you can build,” says Kimball. “There are almost always either zoning or space constraints.”

Waterfront building space on the Cape is limited, with scores of new construction projects replacing dilapidated summer homes and beach shanties. “We’re not building houses on expansive lots. We’re building them where there used to be little beach houses,” adds Kimball. The zoning and environmental considerations, he explains, were the crucial components that civil engineers, architects, builders, and most other contractors took into account when designing this new structure. Architect Stephen Hart of Hart Associates in Belmont agrees, adding that the biggest challenge was fitting all of the pieces of the project—the house, the pool, the hardscaping—on a finite footprint while abiding by all the regulations. Though a guesthouse and not the primary residence on the property, careful attention was paid to the details throughout the project.

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Hart says that although the shingle-style home is about 4,000 square feet, he’d consider it a “fairly compact three-bedroom house.” Hart redesigned the main residence on the property just over four years ago, taking an existing domicile and giving it a “drastic renovation.” It was the launching point when the homeowners commissioned him to devise the vision for the guest home more recently. “They’re supposed to look like cousins, if not sisters,” he describes.

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Andrea E. McHugh, a former editor at Newport Life magazine, is a freelance writer living in Rhode Island.

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