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A True Cape Colony

Zell Street

Highfield Hall’s House and Garden Tour celebrates the genuine Cape resort of East Falmouth’s Menauhant

Photo by John L. Moore

A new home designed by Hutker Architects, the striking residence on Zell Street can be seen, says project architect, Kevin Schreur, as a contemporary rendition of the older beach houses that defined the Menauhant community. “Floor spaces entertain all the activities of living on the waterfront, with an openness that expands the spaces to outside decks and the waterfront beyond,” he says. “In contrast, the second floor is meant to accommodate individually contained spaces, providing areas of privacy separate from the active bustle below.”

The exterior is clad with white cedar shingles, while red cedar boards were used for window trim and accent surfaces. Sited directly on Bournes Pond, the house was oriented to capture the view from every possible outlook. A back deck is shaded by a pergola suspended from the home with stainless steel tension rods.

“The angled slats let you view up and out from within the great room, a more open gesture than would have been provided by a solid shade structure,” says Schreur. An adjacent porch is screened-in, a common attribute of 20th century summer homes. Nearly 10-foot-high ceilings in main living spaces accommodate oversized windows with transoms and doors that soar from the floor. The best view, however, is seen from the second floor master bedroom, which, with its long hall of built-in cabinetry and exclusive access to a third floor office area, is, a true retreat.

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