The Jaxtimers’ gray-shingled family home, custom built by Jaxtimer himself, is filled with family mementoes and symbols of the family’s charitable spirit. “We feel it’s very important to give back,” Jaxtimer says. The couple supports many charities, including the Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament, the largest private one-day fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Cape Cod Fall Classic to benefit the Genesis Fund, which enriches the lives of children with special needs.

Built on Goodness

Jaxtimer’s respect and love of family and community extends to his work; he takes special pride in restoring old properties that reflect Cape Cod’s historic spirit. He recently headed up a project that combined restoration, renovation, and new construction. Jaxtimer says it was a unique project that was very rewarding to work on. The house was originally three sections—one a Greek Revival barn, another section in Gothic style, and the third a onetime retail store that had been sandwiched between the other two pieces. The house’s restoration, which united the three structures for visual consistency, was guided by the homeowners’ love of historic design and detail. The job was shaped by local commissions, who required retaining as much of the original structures as possible.

Built on Goodness

Today, the seaside home is a pristine beauty, full of character and warmth. “We totally renovated the home, bringing it back to its natural state,” Jaxtimer says.  Much of the interior—wood paneling, built-in cabinets, antique light fixtures, and custom door hardware—was restored or replaced, as was much of the exterior, with the help of Judy Sobolik of Heritage Design in San Mateo, California. Jaxtimer and his team duplicated the original home’s look with such features as the exterior trim work, shingle patterns, and porch posts. For Jaxtimer, it was a privilege. As he says, “It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime project.”

Doing work that now involves his family, and also supporting the community, is a made-to-order life for Jaxtimer. As he says, “It all makes me very happy.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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