Honey, I’m Home
From the start, a classic Cape Cod cottage was never on the drawing boards. “Don’t get me wrong, I spend my days building quintessential Cape Cod homes for our clients, and I have a great appreciation for them,” Peter explains. “But, for what would become our home, we wanted something that felt unique for us, and the farmhouse style appealed to both of us.” The idea of a farmhouse offered the open space and comfort that the family desired. “In my opinion, it’s hard to put the house in one particular style category. We wanted open space and a modern floor plan but still wanted the house to have a warm, comfortable feeling to it. We tried to keep it traditional, with clean lines, but slightly unexpected as well,” Laura says. For Peter, building his own home meant the freedom to make structural decisions and add custom touches. From the sliding barn doors to the kitchen table and accent benches, the space is truly their own as evidenced when he says, “Every decision Laura and I made answered the question, ‘Do we love it?’”
When it came to design, the Vollmers searched for quality elements that would stylistically endure. A large porch was an essential element, establishing the iconic farmhouse feel, along with the white exterior paint and black-clad Andersen windows for a modern finish. The home boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including the master, their daughter’s bedroom and the guest room, soon transitioning into the new baby’s nursery.
Entering the home through the main front door, the entrance is open and airy due to a wall of glass that flanks a tidy office with an adapted table that serves as a partners’ desk for both homeowners. “Peter had that vision before there was even a roof on the house and he made it work. I can’t imagine it being a typical wall at this point, especially because I am working from home now. It really is something you don’t see every day, and it just opens up the room and entryway,” Laura notes. One’s eyes can’t help drifting toward the kitchen ahead, with the oversized island beckoning for attention. A stunning white quartz alabaster countertop with the faintest hint of grey covers the massive island, brightening the space and establishing a visual centerpiece. A mixture of black and white kitchen cabinets adds depth and contrast, and when paired with the geometrically patterned backsplash suggested by Jen Quigley at Ideal Floor, keeps everything flowing effortlessly. The black cabinetry extends to the wet bar where Peter’s use of a small space adds a bit of function and a whole lot of character.
Around the corner, the mudroom’s custom built-ins in the unifying shade of black provide extra storage and a lovely area to take off your boots, while the black honeycomb tile reminds visitors that this farmhouse gathers it’s own harvest from the hives just outside. The three-quarter bath in the space is a testimony to the family’s fun use of pattern and color, with a patterned black and white tile floor and a light seafoam shower wall tile, and of course a honeycomb shaped mirror over the free-floating vanity.
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