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The second floor is tailored for guests, with four en-suite bedrooms—including a “dorm room” with three beds for future grandchildren—an additional laundry room, and a cigar room, complete with its own ventilation and closed off to keep any trace of smoke from circulating throughout the house. Bedrooms, done in subtle blues and greens, have built-in furniture and ample closet space. An exterior spiral staircase connects the cigar room balcony to the wrap-around deck off the main level, which features cozy seating and a fireplace also done in the same stonework found in the living room. Interior and exterior stairs were designed for ease of climbing; the interior staircase features no more than seven or eight steps in succession without a platform to rest.

Rather than making a statement stylistically, Linda says it was important that the home be designed to reflect its purpose as a gathering place for family and friends. “For us, this house represents ‘family first,’” she says. “A house is only as much fun as the people you share and enjoy it with. We wanted a place to share and create memories, and a place that our family and friends would want to come back to and enjoy good times with us.”

The siding—double dipped, white cedar shingles by Maibec in Seacoast Grey—was chosen to ensure many years of sustained natural beauty. The roof is a combination of Alaskan yellow cedar and zinc-coated copper skirting along the roof eaves, supplied by Airtech Energy Systems & Copper Design of Chatham. Innovative, manmade fiberglass gutters, which resemble traditional wood gutters, are designed to prevent debris from entering. KOMA trim boards fitted on the exterior should never need to be replaced. The interior trim is a combination of hardwoods and paint-grade materials, while the flooring is a recycled white oak, installed by Heritage Hardwood Flooring of Orleans. Ipe, an extremely durable Brazilian wood, was used for the extensive decking—about 4,000 square feet in total. It stands up to the elements well with little checking, twisting, or cupping, and is widely recognized for its strength and resistance to decay.

“Cape Cod Bay is one of the most challenging environments in the world to build a home,” Hayes notes. “This home is built to withstand hurricane-force winds—it’s absolutely the best that can be done in a challenging environment.”