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Diamond in the Bluff

Several built-in bunks are located throughout the two loft levels. When designing the home, the family was adamant about having the ability to accommodate guests despite the small space. To solve this problem, Schneeberger incorporated the idea to design bunks into bare walls wherever possible, providing the perfect cozy hideaway for friends and family. There are two bunks on the second floor loft and one tucked into a private space like a boat’s crew bunk, just outside the glass-gabled home office located in the upper loft, the top level of the home. Both lofts are supported by steel I-beams, which extended the square footage and usable space of the home’s existing lofts. The beams were left exposed to lend the house a more contemporary feel. The architects took a structural component that would typically be hidden behind framing and plaster and instead showcased it. Such a simple detail adds to the overall feel of the home and also creates a perfect platform for the custom stainless cable railing system that was welded directly to the steel I-beams. There is also exposed ductwork on the ceiling of the upper level. “I think those two features really cement the design intent of the home,” Spencer confirms. While the aesthetic of the beams is pleasing, they offered Spencer’s team a challenge during installation. “We took down all of the walls and the roof on the water side of the home in order to retrofit the structural steel. We had a crane on site on five different occasions to help us through the project,” he remembers. “Typically, on a large construction project, we may have a crane on site once or twice. The home is on a dune and the footprint of the structure covered almost all of the level areas of the property, so access was extremely limited.”

Installing the roof of solar panels posed an unexpected challenge during the building process as well. “We didn’t have enough clearances for the batteries,” explains Schneeberger. “So, we maximized the roofline of the shed you see when you walk up to the house, so that it could house those batteries.” The batteries are produced by Tesla as part of their Powerwall line. The batteries play two roles within the home: stabilizing power usage during the day and, notably, acting as a backup power source during outages. “It has software that identifies when a severe storm is forecasted to come through, and fully charges the battery off the grid,” explains the husband. “The house could run for several days off the batteries.” His wife recalls, “We’ve lost power quite a few times, and we didn’t even know it.”

Cape Cod has long played a central role in the lives of this special family. The wife spent her childhood summers in Orleans, the town where she and her husband later got married. It then became the place where they brought their own children to experience Cape Cod summers in the way they once did. It was only natural for a family with such strong ties to the Cape to reside in a home that allows them to continue growing alongside each other. “The design was just everything we hoped for,” they confirm, “and we think that’s pretty special.”

Be sure to visit SV Design online here and Spencer & Company here!

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