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McDonald did not neglect the family’s request for a deck; in fact he took it very seriously. The lower level has an expansive decking system that will surely become a private place of retreat as it is accessed from the lower level guest suite as well as the surrounding dune topography. But upstairs is where McDonald really applied his creativity in several ways to maximize the enjoyment of floating above all of Cape Cod Bay. The new dining area is flanked on the waterside by sliders that access a sundeck, outfitted with comfortable chaise seating. The deck extends across the entire waterside of the home, with additional sliders from the living area that give way to the dining porch. The new home’s design incorporates several different rooflines and the treatment of the unique details that benefit the dining porch is one of the most intriguing aspects of the home.

“The clients wanted to take advantage of as much of the view as possible, particularly during the nice weather when they could be outside,” McDonald explains. “The previous home took advantage of awnings over the deck to provide shade because every day includes a bullseye sunset on the home. It can be a lot. So, we decided to carry the roofline over the deck on the gabled end. As a result, it defines the dining area nicely and actually frames the view.” 

The new plan included a detached two-car garage that features a portico at the ground level and a connection between the living room and the master suite on the second level. A modest hallway accesses another deck, just large enough for two Adirondack chairs. Also in the hallway, an oversized custom-built storage bureau, crafted by van Steensel’s Timmerwerk furniture division, provides functional storage as well as aesthetic display opportunities. At the end of the hall, a cozy den with a television opens to the left and a door to the master en suite opens to the right. Like a Goldie Locks discovery, a small Juliet balcony off of the master provides a spot to take in the view that is just right. According to Rick, the details of the expanded master suite are one of the things he is looking forward to as the generations continue to grow. “When the grandkids are grown, and their friends have come up from the beach, and it just gets to be a bit too much, Grandpa will be just on the other side of that door, with enough distance, watching TV in his own private world. The rest of them can have all their fun!” 

Van Steensel’s crew often includes interior designer Ashley Hilferty of Ashley Bradford Interiors, and this stop on his beachfront tour was no different. Hilferty, who grew up in Eastham, has an easy and approachable style that appeals to many homeowners who want coastal flair with just enough sophistication that it doesn’t cramp the casual lifestyle at the heart of their decision to have a Cape house. Her use of fabric, color and accessories keeps things vibrant and carefree, while her years in the business allow her to navigate and recommend the endless choices involved in building a home.



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