The kitchen opens directly to the great room, which has a cathedral ceiling with exposed salvaged beams. A series of French doors topped with transoms open to a blue stone patio enclosed in fieldstone walls. Views of the lush landscape and saltwater inlet beyond are captured through the doors of glass. A large wood-burning fireplace constructed of brick salvaged from the property warms the room.
“The mantel is based on a simple Colonial design,” notes Smith. On the opposite wall from the hearth, a bank of six-over-six double-hung windows with transoms allows for additional afternoon light. The room is finished in pickwick pine painted white to create an old Cape feel. Smith incorporated a window seat that stretches the length of the windows for additional seating. A stunning pine table Smith made from reclaimed boards from the property seats 12. The wide pine floors offer a period look to the new interiors.
Smith converted an old barn on the property into a recreation room complete with wet bar, fireplace, and an old-fashioned wooden swing. The barn rafters and walls are exposed for a rustic feel. A large sliding barn door was also refurbished and used. To complete the compound, Smith added a two-car garage with a loft space above that can be used as a home office or guest quarters.
Paying homage to a stunning centuries-old property, Smith blended the historical and contemporary elements of this Cape Cod treasure seamlessly, creating a tranquil getaway retreat for a family to make their own summer memories for years to come.
Nancy Berry is a freelance writer living in Yarmouthport.