Backyard Bliss

Cape Cod Home  /  Annual Home 2022 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner / Photographer: Dan Cutrona 

GOLD AWARD – Excellence in Outdoor Living Space Design E. J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. and Sudbury Design Group earn well-deserved recognition while transforming a lucky homeowner’s backyard. The thing about a home on the Cape and Islands—whether it is a vacation home, or a year-round sanctuary—is that you get to enjoy the unique and invigorating outdoor environment that makes this region so special and so desirable. Visitors and residents from around the world have made the Cape a destination for beaches, water sports, golf and generally every activity that is best enjoyed outside with beautiful vistas. For one lucky family in Osterville, their home presumably had it all. A spacious and comfortable home for themselves, their adult children and even another generation of young ones. A comfortable backyard featured an exquisite pool, originally designed and installed by Viola Associates, with clean lines and plenty of patio space for everyone to find exactly what they wanted—sun, shade, quiet, a place to dine and lush expanses of manicured lawn and mature plantings. The natural surroundings were appropriate given the adjacent proximity to a very popular and exclusive golf course. While the never-ending visual display provided by the eager golfers afforded entertainment and prompted many discussions, the constant activity was counter to any presumption of privacy for the homeowners. The creative and innovative team at E. J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc., with offices in Hyannis and Osterville, were the right choice when the homeowners decided to make changes to their backyard in order to provide the privacy and function their home was missing. “The clients knew they wanted some sort of structure to provide additional amenities to create an inviting and relaxing outdoor living space to entertain family and friends,” explains Jonathan Jaxtimer, project manager at the company his parents started almost 45 years ago.…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.