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Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling

“Many details pay tribute to the historic house while embracing the new.”
~ Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling

Charles W. Tardanico, vice president of Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling, has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Chuck, as he is known to friends and collegues, began his professional career as an Industrial Arts teacher at Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts, while also working on various projects part time as a builder. When he met his wife Jane, they moved to Cape Cod, where he founded his own business, East Bay Builders, in Osterville. 

One project in particular changed Tardanico’s path going forward. During the construction of a large new home in Cotuit, he collaborated with the founders of Kendall & Welch, Damon Kendall and Ronald Welch. In 2007, he became their third official partner, contributing to their combined experience of over 120 years.

You could say the building and remodeling business has become deeply imbedded in the lives of the Tardanicos, who have built and remodeled ten properties for themselves. “If you were in the automobile business, you wouldn’t keep driving the same car,” explains Tardanico, with his distinctive, lighthearted humor.

After spending 18 years in the home they built on Bay Street in Osterville, the Tardanicos found the home becoming too big for them and decided it was time to downsize. They wanted to remain in town and stumbled upon the perfect property in the heart of Osterville village. There sat an historic 1875 Greek Revival Cape house, which the Historic Commission permitted them to replace due to its lack of architectural significance. 

When it came to the exterior, the Tardanicos knew they wanted to pay homage to the historic Greek revival style that once made up the property, so Kendall & Welch embarked on an 11-month construction process, collaborating with Northside Design Associates of Yarmouth Port and Ivan Bereznicki Associates Inc. of Osterville.

The interior of the home reflects the Tardanicos’ personal styles. Although the idea was to downsize, the overall goal was to create an open, warm and inviting space. The first floor master bedroom was a driving factor. “The master really became a focal point for what we were trying the achieve for the home and our later years,” Tardanico explains. To their delight, the master includes both his & hers walk-in closets, and a his & hers bathroom with a shower in between. 

Throughout the interior and exterior of the home, many details pay tribute to the historic house while embracing the new. The heart of the home is easily identified thanks to planked vaulted ceilings in the open concept great room and kitchen, reminiscent of an old Cape cottage, while an inviting gas fireplace sits at the room’s midpoint. The exterior architecture perfectly fits in with the style of the surrounding homes and accomplishes the goal of making the house look as if it had always been there.  

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